As part of our quest to campaign to get help fill the gap in the welding industry. We’re running a series of interviews with female welders from around the world to highlight their experiences in the industry. First up, is the very talented Cassie Varady from Illinois to tell us about her career so far.
Hi Cassie, tell us a little about yourself!
My name is Cassandra Varady, I am from a little bitty town of 2500 in New Athens, Illinois. I love to hunt, fish, work on anything, sing, shopping, and ride my motorcycle. I am a Union Pipefitter out of Local 52 in Montgomery AL.
How did you get into welding?
Tell us a little bit about your career so far and your hopes for the future
What’s your favourite project you’ve ever worked on?
I would say I don’t really have a favorite project everything I enjoy everything I build because I built it and its something I have accomplished.
I dislike how woman get a bad name in construction as far as not being able to do the same job as a man, I do my job better than some men and everyone that works by my side will tell you that. I have found some prejudices in the workplace as far as lifting heavy objects or making a harder weld because your a woman. I have always made sure that I worked just as hard if not harder as any man and if someone tells me to put something down because I’m a woman I pick it up.
Do you have any tips for women looking to get into welding?
My tips to any woman trying to get into welding is just keep trying, don’t get frustrated because I have been welding for six years and I am still learning. If someone says you can’t do something tell them you are doing it and being a woman isn’t going to stop you from doing it and you will earn a lot of respect.