As an 8th grader participating in Butler Tech’s many career exploration days offered to Butler County public school students, Robinson discovered her curiosity about welding.
“I really wasn’t interested in college and so I was looking for a trade and when I saw the welding class I thought ‘this is really cool.’”
She was one of only three girls in the welding program at the time but she said the boys were welcoming and helpful during her high school classes.
“It was a really great experience,” she said.
And potentially profitable as a career.
In recent years American industries have scrambled to fill welding jobs and with the proper training and experience – and a willingness to travel – in just a few years, young welders can earn close to $100,000 annually.
According to the American Welding Society, the industry will encounter a shortage of about 300,000 welders by 2024.
And officials with the group said the average age of a welder today is around 55, which means the continuing retirements of baby boomers will leave the country with a substantial deficit in skilled welders.
George Brown, Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program executive director, said: “These scholarship recipients are a prominent group of students, and we are excited to see the contributions they will make to the industry and our state.”
Scholarships are awarded to students interested in obtaining training certifications and associates or bachelors degrees in relevant fields of study. Post graduate job opportunities include exciting careers such as welder, petroleum engineer, geologist, construction technician and more.
In about five years, she hopes to earn professional credits toward being a professional weld inspector and even more lucrative line of work.
“I’m very pleased with welding and I have a lot of pride in my work,” said Robinson. “It’s good that I enjoy it and getting money.”