Victor Matthews was elected last month as president and chairman of the Board of the American Welding Society, a testimony to the great careers that can start with technical training and manufacturing jobs (and a testimony to Mr. Matthews, too). From the AWS news release:
Matthews began his career at The Lincoln Electric Company in 1963 as a bend brake operator. He attended Lincoln’s welding school and earned all of the diplomas it had to offer. He progressed to work in the Electrode Research and Development group for 13 years, during which time he obtained an Associate degree from DeVry and a Management degree from John Carroll. He was patented in eight countries for work done in the lab.
Matthews moved to the manufacturing facility as plant welding engineer where he worked for 12 years. He automated many workstations and put into production the company’s first-ever welding robot for piecework.
It does help that The Lincoln Electric Company is such a solid business, encouraging employees to gain additional skills and education.
Welding’s a great field to get into, especially since an estimated 50,000 welders are retiring each year.
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