Jessica V. Age 17 | Student | Welder | Soon to be CWI & CWE

Hi, my name is Jessica Varney, I just finished my level 2 welding
program at my school Bollman Technical Education Center! I've lettered
both years that I've taken it as well. I will be graduating this
coming academic year of 2018! After high school, I plan on getting my
pipe fitter certifications, my CWI, CWE, and associates degree in

Now, I've taken a lot of time to think about this, and to ask
myself, what does it mean to "weld like a girl"? Welding like a
girl can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people. It could
be a compliment, or an insult (to some). But to me, welding like a girl
means to weld like a boss. Welding like a girl means to take pride in
everything you do and to not let to smallest detail go untouched.
Welding like a girl means to give it everything you have and
everything you are willing to give.

Welding like a girl, in my opinion, is an amazing compliment.

I have been blessed to meet some amazing women throughout these two
years, and let me just say they are so freaking cool. One of my
mentors has taught me so much and inspired me to keep welding and keep
my head up. She has told me not to listen to anyone who tells me that
I can't do it, and to take pride in what I do, no matter what it is.

In my shop, I had two other girls, and the rest were boys. I've
realized that being in a shop full of boys isn't as bad as some people
make it out to be. But I've also realized that the boys make sexist
comments without meaning to or even realizing it. I believe that
that's because they're boys, the men, on the other hand, are a
completely different scenario.

In my two years of welding, I've encountered many different types of
men, both good and bad. Although some things are hard to deal with, it
is something I will have to deal with for the rest of my life. I've
been both praised and criticized by older men. Some are stuck in their
ways, but what I always tell them is that I love welding, and I want
to continue doing it for the rest of my life.
So to all the men and women out there, being told that you weld like a
girl isn't a bad thing. In fact, it's an amazing compliment that you
should take to heart.