Gas and engineering company BOC supplied speciality welding and safety equipment to a group of Wagga Wagga women to help them pursue their passion of making artwork out of metal.
BOC’s project has helped fire up the creative and technical talents of the NSW women comprising of nurses, teachers and administrators who have forged a name for themselves in the male-dominated world of welding.
BOC’s Technical Manager of Industrial Products, Nic Bothma explains that a chance meeting with the aspiring metal-workers provided the impetus for the project.
Though keen to try their hand at welding, the Wagga Wagga women weren’t interested in the heavy duty boiler making welding courses available at TAFE, according to Bothma. They simply wanted basic instruction on using the latest equipment for spot welding so they could make artwork out of metal off-casts. BOC took the opportunity to showcase a wide range of products now available on the market that could satisfy the women’s requirements.
BOC provided special safety and welding gear including helmets, goggles, jackets and gloves, TIG and MIG welders, plasma cutter and compressor, as well as consumables.
Talented local welder Tony Mason from the Wagga Men’s Shed acted as tutor and mentor, training the women in the skills to construct the sculpture while making sure safety issues were addressed. BOC welding specialist Wayne Wilson also dropped by to provide some tips.
Bothma hopes the project would inspire the women to continue to hone their newly acquired skills to undertake other sculptures and metal work projects.
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