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By Shannon Sweeney — / Death Wish Coffee Blog

How Brooke Hurd became a welder

When we decided to come out with a Rosie the Riveter mug (thanks to our amazing community who came up with the idea) we wanted to make sure we did everything we could to make the release extremely special. 

While we were sitting in meetings and ideating what we could do, we came up with an idea to interview a woman working in a trade today. According to United States data, only 8.9 of the construction workforce are women. For welding? Women represent just 2 percent of the workforce, according to the U.S. Department of Labor

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We talked to a woman who is part of that 2 percent, and her name is Brooke Hurd. 

Brooke is a recent graduate of the Modern Welding School located in Saratoga Springs, New York. She got the idea to become a welder while working in customer service at Home Depot, watching tradespeople come in day and day out.

Going back to college didn't seem like a good fit for her, and she wanted a stable career.

"It was an a-ha moment of what was right in front of me all along," she said. "I saw all the tradeswomen come in and out everyday, and there were tons of job opportunities, always work to be done."

Now, she has a job offer from Iron Workers Union, something she said she was a goal of hers while in school. She said welding allows her to use her creative skills while also working in a field where there's always work. 

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Her creativity and her drive are traits she said she gets from her mom, who is her constant source of inspiration. Brooke's mom growing up was a seamstress — something that she says has a lot of similarities to welding.

"Ninety percent of welding is knowing your equipment. If you know your equipment and know the right settings, you're going to have a great weld," Brooke said. "The same thing goes for a sewing machine." 

Women like Brooke are exactly what inspired us to come out with this mug — to all the hardworking women out there, this mug is for you.

It was an honor sitting down with Brooke and learning about what it's like to work as a welder. Learn more about Brooke in our interview with her below


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