When I finished high school, I knew that I wanted to work with my hands. I had no desire to find an office job.

I expressed my concerns to a good friend of mine, and he said to me: “Ryan, if you want a job that lets you work with your hands while at the same time gives you a sense of purpose, look into welding.”

Those were just a few words, but words that totally changed my life. In welding, I have found the joy of getting my hands dirty. When working on large projects, I have seen the camaraderie and spirit of adventure that welders have. This has led me to believe that welding is the last of the great industrial trades.

My work welding started more than three decades ago, and I can say that everyday I learn something new, face new challenges, and have the unique elation that comes from forcing metal to obey my will with the goal of creating something aesthetically pleasing while at the same time functional.

Welding can be rough. Welding can be challenging. Welding can be dangerous. But it is exciting.

One day you’re working next to a 2,000 degree furnace, and the next day you’re working with -0 temperatures. It allows you to find work near home, as well as provide you the opportunity to travel around the world to get the job done.

Thanks to my decision to work as a welder, I have been able to build a life for myself, my wife, and my three children. I have a trade that I have been able to pass on to my oldest sons, and I have the sense of confidence that comes from knowing that the work I do adds value to the life of those around me. If you have any questions you can contact me via contact form or facebook.

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