Menyui thinks the nice thing about welding is that it has a variety of applications, from heavy engineered industrial things to things that are very artistic due to their aesthetics and functionality. She thinks welding is a skill that both women and men can excel.
Welders can make as much as $50,000 per year but if they like long hours, particularly in remote areas, they can easily clear $80,000.
25 year old Menyui Leung spent two years at Simon Fraser University before she took a welding course at Vancouver’s BCIT, the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Following successful completion of the course, Menyui worked as a welder building large manufacturing equipment. When that job wrapped up, she went on vacation and was away barely a week when a job offer with Vancouver Shipyards came in. One aluminum welding course later and two and a half years work experience, Menyui is set up!
Being a woman in a very male dominated trade such as welding can have its moments. But Menyui’s approach to the job environment is as consistent as the welds she so skillfully performs.
Less than 1 percent of all welders are women. However, as awareness of the opportunity and versatility offered by trades and this career in particular increases, more women will enter this field.
One of the big benefits of Menyui’s job – like many trade and technology careers - is the income. An experienced journey welder can make 20 to 30 dollars per hour depending on the company and job. There can also be excellent medical and dental benefits, a pension plan and regular hours.
Did you know? Less than 3% of welders are women.
Menyui has mastered her welding skills to the point where she is preparing to start a studio to explore the creative side of welding. It’s all part of her ongoing involvement with a variety of artistic endeavours.
For those of you who think construction is just a guy thing, you might be surprised by the opportunities women like welder Menyui Leung are benefiting from.
Menyui Leung invested two years in university before deciding she wanted to actually see the results of her efforts at the end of the day. She felt a career in the trades would offer something more concrete.
Any preconceptions Menyui had about the industry were demolished once her new career began. She's now a new age seamstress, fusing two separate pieces of aluminum with molten metal, for the perfect stitch.
Education: Simon Fraser University (two years), BCIT welding program
Hobbies: Musical events, traveling