Source: WJ August,2017
Sydney Moore became an AWS member two years ago when she won a student membership at an AWS meeting.
She first became interested in welding in 2012 when a local artist taught her how to perform gas metal arc welding in his garage. During that time, Moore was pursuing a bachelor’s degree in creative photography at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla.
Her interest in welding was solidified when she took a sculpture class focused on materials and methods of metal fabrication.
“The metal shop at school was only open a couple hours a week, and I remember being bent over the bright, warm, and comforting hiss of the torch every second I could,” she
After graduation, Moore said she felt “lost like most undergrad graduates.” While she worked full time at a bakery, she enrolled part time in the welding technology program at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla. She credits the guidance she received from instructors for her success and confidence.
“J. T. Mahoney and Paul Raab helped me pass my first certification test (3G and 4G SMAW) with almost perfect scores,” she affirmed. “This helped give me confidence to explore jobs in the welding realm.”
Moore is slated to graduate this summer. She is also employed full time at ThemeWorks, a custom fabrication company focusing mostly on theme parks, museums, zoos, and aquariums. She describes herself as a “welder fabricator and scenic artist.”
“One day I’ll be flux cored arc welding a 30-ft stainless steel structure to attach a fiberglass shell to, and the next day I’ll be painting and carving minute details into cement, epoxy, or foam sculptures,” Moore said.
She enjoys the great variety offered by her job.
“I’m welding in all positions of GTAW, GMAW, FCAW, and sometimes SMAW, working with aluminum, steel, stainless steel, and sometimes galvanized metals,” she explained.
During her free time, Moore tries to attend AWS Section meetings “because it’s a free opportunity to learn new advancements in the industry.”
Moore recently represented the North Central Florida Section at the CWI Seminar in Orlando, Fla.
“It was one of the best chances I’ve ever been awarded,” she said.
This profile appeared in Society News, Welding Journal, Aug. 2017; written by Katie Pacheco, Editor.