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The more I work in this industry, the more I realize how much we sell ourselves short.
Yes, there have been years of decline in Canada's manufacturing sector that have put a damper on our industry, but there's still a huge amount of business available for those who want to work at finding and closing it.
As I've mentioned in past columns, welding is a highly transportable skill and right now, in Canada, welding is the trade to be in. It's a bit of a double win for our industry as welding is not only an in-demand trade, it's also an industry that cannot be dispensed with, or easily replaced.
Simply put—where two pieces of metal come together, you are going to find a welder, or the results of a welder. Just look at what I call the "BBP" market—that's buildings, boats and pipelines (and everything that is attached to or "feeds" them).
There's a lot of metal joining going on (or about to go on), but there are simply too few skilled Canadian welders to do the required work.