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Sara Bingham
Hull Technician


U.S. Navy
Great Lakes, IL

Category:  Pipe/Hull/Structural Welder
 
High School:  Uintah High School
Vernal, UT
 
College:  Uintah Basin Applied Technology College
Vernal, UT

My dad has a metal recycling business. I've been working for him since I was eight years old doing scrap-yard stuff. That experience led me to take welding in high school.

How did you get interested in your career?
My dad has a metal recycling business. I've been working for him since I was eight years old doing scrap-yard stuff. That experience led me to take welding in high school.

My welding instructor encouraged me to enter competitions. I started locally and last year got all the way to the nationals. Competing pushed me to learn more and taught me how to work under pressure and how to work with others. Competition lets you show wht you know, but also what you need to work on.

What kind of training and education did you need toget this job?
At technical college I did 600 certified hours o welding and learned lots of different processes. I intended to go to college, but when I spent a week on campus I decided it wasn't right for me. The military always interested me, just because I wanted to serve. So I sat down with a recruiter, and it became a question of when, not if I would go.

What's a typical day like in your job?
We muster at 6 a.m., go to physical training and then have classes. Those course have included basic engineering, welding, brazing, mechanics, plumbing, and firefighting. The Navy assumes everyone knows noting, so you start with the basics.

What are your future career plans?
I enlisted for four years, and I have been assigned to Japan, which was one of my top choices. But it really did not matter where I would be stationed, because wherever I'm stationed it is on a ship that goes everywhere.

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