From Ski Bum to Welder

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Image of woman in safety goggles with welding helmet, welding gloves and a welding jacket on, outside a welding booth.

Meet Sandra.  Sandra came to the area from Ontario in order to ski.  Thinking she would like a career as a ski guide, she took the Mountain Adventure Skills Training program at the Fernie campus.  She learned much about herself in the program, including that a more solitary work life was more her style.

Sandra looked into taking welding training, and the affordability of doing it at College of the Rockies made it possible for her to do so.  It was important for her to stay in the area for her training as she feels “BC is the place to get a welding ticket” because of better training opportunities and transferability.  She was also impressed with the great facility available at the College.

Having three years of experience as a welder, Sandra is now working on her B-Level ticket.  She has worked in a variety of areas including Fort MacMurray, Cold Lake, and Fernie Alpine Resort.  She thinks women have a particular aptitude for welding because of their attention to detail and the fact that they can be self-critical, leading them to push themselves to be the best.  Regardless of gender, however, she acknowledges you must be willing to work hard to be in the welding trade.

Working hard is something familiar to Sandra.  She is currently balancing going to school with helping to care for her retired parents.  She plans to continue working her way through the welding program until she achieves her Red Seal ticket and would like to work as a welding inspector in the future.

With her great attitude and determination, we’re sure she’ll achieve everything she puts her mind to.  Good luck, Sandra!