Welding is considered to be a man’s job because it’s a common aspect of construction, which is a heavy industry. However, all across the globe, there are programs that aim to expand employment opportunities for women through welding classes and the provision of small or compact welding kits ideal for beginners.
In progressive countries like Japan, Germany, Canada, et cetera, welding has actually become a popular hobby for women, especially with the introduction of those affordable and compact welding kits. A lot of households nowadays actually have their own kits—and they not just for dads. Women are known to use the compact welding machines most of the time to take care of minor household repairs (since husbands/dads are out most of the time, working), as well as to carry out creative projects using steel.
Working with the fundamental lessons on welding, which are taught and learned through community classes, more and more women are gradually moving away from using their welding know-how for household-related projects. They are actually surprising small factories and even large welding companies with their skills by applying for welding jobs. Not only do they impress with proper handling of the equipment, but their more “creative” inclinations are also deemed an advantage, particularly for manufacturing companies.
As an increasing number of women are signing up for livelihood and skill development programs that emphasize knowledge of welding, it’s projected that in a matter of years, the male-dominated industry may be equalized. Women are expected to aim for all kinds of welding jobs as well—and better yet, to contribute their more refined aesthetic standards.
This is viewed as a great and positive development, especially now that equality in employment opportunities is one of the most important advocacies of socially concerned citizens. Many also see this as a change that can extend to schools, which tend to assign certain classes according to gender. Hopefully, in the near future, women will be strongly encouraged to take shop classes and work with heavy tools and equipment because they do have the potential to take the skills required for these classes to a higher level of quality and even application.
It’s important to mention as well that the creation of small welding kits makes welding a less risky skill to learn. Younger folks can get started early, which then may provide them opportunities to grow artistically—even earn a solid income and launch a professional career despite their young age or sex.
Indeed, the world is changing, and empowering women with skills that are usually associated with men is most certainly a welcome change.