“The work has some occupational hazards and can be dangerous. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t trade being in the welding industry for any other job.”
What made you start welding?
I was inspired by my family’s custom manufacturing business, Butty Manufacturing.
My grandfather immigrated from Hungary in 1956 and established a small ornamental iron shop. My father and uncle expanded the business into customized engineered machinery. Growing up, I witnessed many projects they produced. When it came time to look for a career, I was already familiar with the process and the whole working environment. I then enrolled in the Mohawk College Welding program.
What do you want people to know about being a woman in your field?
In general, welding can be challenging as a trade for anyone, regardless of gender.
One has to be clear in their goals in order to weather some of the infrequent but negative comments. The work has some occupational hazards and can be dangerous. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t trade being in the welding industry for any other job. Rewards outweigh the negatives.
What are the top five things that are always in your pockets?
- Soap Stone
- Paint Marker
- Measuring Tape
- Extra Ear Plugs
If you could give your 20-year-old-self advice, what would it be?
Follow your passion, follow your dreams! Do not let societal conventions and expectations interfere with your own personal inspirations.
Let’s get deep. What does workwear designed for women mean to you?
The majority of workwear in the trades is designed for men. Obviously, men and women have very different physiques. I personally have never found a man's work pant that has fit me properly. Fit and comfort are paramount to enable me to do my job properly. Dovetail Workwear designs pants that hug my body correctly. These pants also have deep pockets which are great to carry tools and equipment that I need in my everyday job.
Follow Alicia at @Canadian_Welder_Girl.