My name is Kevin Wood. I’m employed at Kramer Ltd. I’m
a Welder by trade. Kramer is quite a growing company. It's
a Caterpillar dealership. We’re involved in service,
sales and rentals. There’s quite a variety of welding
here. A good opportunity to learn.
[Decision To Enter This Occupation:]
I’ve been a Welder for seventeen years. I started out
welding on my father's farm. My father was a Welder up to the
age of twenty-nine until he started farming. That’s where
I caught onto the idea of welding. From there I took a test.
I was in a high school that involved different trades and I
ended up falling into the welding category.
I worked in a lot of Steel Fabrication shops for most of my
welding career until I got a little tired of always getting
laid off and hired back on. I wanted to find a better opportunity.
I was looking for a particular type of work - different than
Steel Fabrication - all the time. That’s when I fell
into Maintenance Welding.
Before I did that, I had to upgrade my education to find a
job - whether it be with Kramer or somewhere else. I wanted
my Journeyman's ticket and Pressure ticket; that’s one
thing that qualified me here.
[Type Of Education:]
You have to have worked a certain amount of hours to be able
to take the Journeyman test. I believe the Board of Education
can verify them [amount of hours]. After I had all the necessary
hours, I went to the Board of Education (Train Branch) and
ended up going on a seven-week course to Moose Jaw. That was
where I received my Inter-provincial Journeyman's ticket.
You have to have a positive attitude in a workplace - any
workplace I find. I think if you don’t have any kind
of a positive attitude at all, it’s tough to hold on
to a job.
Teamwork skills are very important. Most of our work done here
at Kramer is done on a team effort. I don’t believe that
too many companies or businesses out there don’t value
a team effort nowadays.
I believe it is important to adapt to change in a workplace.
Just for the reason that a lot of companies and businesses
are upgrading more and more every day and it comes to the point
that if you’re not upgrading yourself and going along
with changes in a work place, you tend to fall behind. Just
for instance, at Kramer here, we’re always changing our
source of tooling, the machines we work on, the machines we
work with, service reports, paper work and just a variety of
changes you have to go through.
My typical day at work would be:
[Hours Of Work:]
Right now we are working twelve-hour days. So I would almost
say a 9:00 am to 5:00 pm day would be quite rare in the welding
[Most Challenging Aspect:]
The most challenging part of my job would be just trying to
keep ahead with the amount of welders we have here - trying
to keep ahead with priority jobs would probably be the most
challenging. Also, going on a day-to-day basis when we’re
really busy here. It can be stressful from day-to-day but you’ve
got to cope with it. You’ve got to go ahead and just
move on to the next job.
[Most Satisfying Aspect:]
The most satisfying part of my job would be when I finish
a job and stand back and look at it and say, "Hey, you
know, I completed this job" and it's hopefully satisfactory
and the customer likes what he's getting - and it's done on