Her Own Words

Words from a Machinist!

“I never would have imagined in a million years that I would be a Machinist, but, I am so glad that I just got the opportunity because I think you kind of take for granted all the trades that are there. And if you just get an opportunity and have an open mind about something, and you try it, I think you surprise yourself.” – Veronica Ramos, in Riley, Women in Machining

“I like the physical labor. I like taking apart machines and putting them back together. I like seeing the finished product and thinking, I made this. I helped make this.” – Tina Couillard, in Riley, Women in Machining


Words from a Welder! 

“Everything you run into in life is either welded or built by someone that’s welded. Even if you are at McDonald’s, the French Fries are cooked in a precision-welded stainless steel container. I have found such tremendous satisfaction out of building things, being able to go home and know that I built this thing and I can go see it. Stair railings or road-pavement equipment, things much bigger than you living room that you built yourself. And that gives a tremendous amount of personal satisfaction and there’s very few things as satisfying in life as having a job that pays you well, that you like.”  Valerie Weihman, in Riley, Women in Welding

“When I go out at night and they ask me what I do, I say a welder, and they look at me and say, ‘No way.’ So, yeah, I get real funny looks, especially from men. The stuff we do is heavy. We do exactly what the men do. It is physical work, but when you leave it, you are done. And you keep in shape. That’s the way I look at it. I mean, between two kids and this job, I don’t have to diet and I don’t have to exercise, so it’s great.” – Joan Collier, in Riley, Women in Welding


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