Research EngineerBoeingSeattle, WA
My focus is friction-stir welding of titanium parts. Friction-stir welding is a solid-state joining process that softens rather than melts metals.
|High School: ||Entiat High School|
|College: ||University of Washington, Engineering|Apprentice IronworkerIronworkers Union Local 290Dayton, OH
Apprentice Iron Worker
|High School: ||Francisco Villa High School|
Did your child build elaborate castles out of blocks as a toddler? Did he glue the remote control to the television? Does she like to work on cars? These may be signs your child has a natural instinct for welding. Welders understand that by joining things together, they are creating more useful products.
The earlier teens start thinking about what kind of career they would enjoy, the better off they’ll be. Just because they change aspirations every six months doesn’t mean they aren’t dedicated. They are trying on different possibilities to find the right fit. You can help in this process by asking questions and guiding them to resources that will give them answers.
One way to spend a productive afternoon is at the Vocational Information Center Welding and Metalworking Career Guide (http://www.khake.com/page29.html). You will find career descriptions, skill requirements, schools and job-market statistics.
You can also help your teen get a part-time job or internship. Even if it is unpaid volunteer work, it will help prepare him or her for college and narrow the choices.
Share your career choices with your teens. Talk about what you do, how you got to where you are and your goals for the future. Take your child to see where you work and why you get up in the morning. You can do this through the national Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day (www.daughtersandsonstowork.org) or on your own, informally. Use the experience as an opportunity to ask questions. What do they think about the prospect of doing something similar? What would be more interesting? What are their income and lifestyle goals? What is realistic?
Do you have an interesting career in construction? Volunteer to speak in your teen’s classroom or at a career day. Who knows, it just may get you fired up about going to work tomorrow.
Encourage your teens to do the best they can regardless of their educational goals. Whether their future includes college or technical school will depend on the individual student but make sure they get a high school diploma. Counsel your student to take as many courses in math and science as possible. If your child hasn’t caught the “math is fun” bug yet, try finding a summer math camp at www.ams.org/employment/mathcamps.html or check out www.sciserv.org.
Math and science skills will help them in work and everyday life. Teach them to speak and write effectively. Regardless of their career choice, the ability to communicate is essential in today’s world.
Surf the Web. You can find lots of career information at the National Center for Welding Education and Training, at www.weld-ed.org.
This site provides access to:
Another good place to browse with your teen is the American Welding Society’s website, www.aws.org.
- Different types of careers.
- The knowledge and skills needed to enter these careers.
- Information about education and training opportunities needed to prepare for a chosen career.