Frequently Asked Questions
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Where is Women Who Weld® located?
Women Who Weld is based in Detroit, MI, USA. Women Who Weld’s intensive welding training programs are held exclusively in Detroit. Occasionally, we hold our Single-Day Introductory Workshops outside of Detroit in other cities and states.
What should I wear to an intensive or introductory training program offered by Women Who Weld?
Please wear a 100% cotton shirt; a pair of jeans (that you do not mind getting dirty); work boots (preferably composite or steel toe) or leather, suede, or canvas boots or shoes. Additionally, please bring a hair tie (if you have medium to long hair) and a bottle of water (preferably a metal container).
What should I not wear to an intensive or introductory training program?
Do not wear any garment that does not fully cover your shoulders and torso, e.g. tank tops or midriff shirts; open-toed shoes or sandals; mesh athletic shoes; synthetic material such as nylon or polyester; perfume, cologne, or fragrance of any sort; jewelry (rings, earrings, watches, bracelets, necklaces, etc.).
Do I need to provide my own personal protective equipment or welding equipment during an intensive or introductory training program?
No, Women Who Weld will provide all participants with personal protective equipment (PPE), i.e. a flame-resistant (FR) welding jacket, a welding helmet, welding gloves, and safety glasses for use during the training program. Participants will learn to use and operate welding equipment owned and maintained by Women Who Weld during the training program.
What is the cost of the 6-Week Intensive Welding Training Program?
$0.00 per Participant. Women Who Weld subsidizes $6,000.00 per Participant.
What is the cost of a Week-Long Intensive Welding Training Class?
$850.00 per Participant (plus a processing fee imposed by Eventbrite). Women Who Weld subsidizes $1,010.00 per Participant.
What is the cost of a Single-Day Introductory Workshop?
$100.00 per Participant (plus a processing fee imposed by Eventbrite).
Can I pay in installments to participate in a Week-Long Intensive Welding Training Class or Single-Day Introductory Workshop?
No, all participants must pay in full via Eventbrite.
Can I pay a discounted rate to participate in a Week-Long Intensive Welding Training Class or Single-Day Introductory Workshop?
No, Women Who Weld already partially subsidizes the cost of each participant in our Week-Long Intensive Welding Training Classes, and all proceeds help directly fund our subsidized welding training programs.
Can I pay to participate in the 6-Week Intensive Welding Training Program?
No, the 6-Week Intensive Welding Training Program is reserved for participants who are unemployed and underemployed and meet other strict criteria; if you are capable of paying to participate in this particular training program, you do not meet a key criterion of the program. Alternatively, you are welcome to participate in a Week-Long Intensive Welding Training Class. Click here to view our current schedule or contact us below to be notified of upcoming classes.
Can I pay to participate in a Week-Long Intensive Welding Training Class or Single-Day Introductory Workshop outside of Eventbrite, e.g. cash or check?
No, all payments must be processed via Eventbrite to ensure payment and to ensure your place in a Week-Long Intensive Welding Training Class or Single-Day Introductory Workshop as these training programs are first come, first served, and tend to reach capacity in advance of the start of each training program.
Can I participate in the 6-Week Intensive Welding Training Program if I do not live in or near Detroit, MI?
No, in order to be eligible, you have to be a resident of Southeast Michigan (considerable preference is given to permanent residents of Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park, MI). Visit our program overview page for more information.
Can I participate in a Week-Long Intensive Welding Training Class if I do not live in or near Detroit, MI?
Can I participate in a Single-Day Introductory Workshop if I do not live in or near Detroit, MI?
Does Women Who Weld offer private classes or workshops for individual, one-on-one training?
Am I guaranteed a job or an apprenticeship in the welding industry after completing an intensive welding training program?
Women Who Weld will assist participants who complete our 6-Week Intensive Welding Training Program and Week-Long Intensive Welding Training Classes with job placement in Southeast Michigan, but it is ultimately the responsibility of the participant to apply, interview, and test into a job or apprenticeship in the welding industry.
Does Women Who Weld offer certification?
No, Women Who Weld does not certify participants of our intensive welding training programs. Welding is a trade in which an individual does not need to be certified to obtain an entry- or intermediate-level job in the industry; generally, applicants will need to perform a weld test at each company they interview with to secure a job and, once on the job (if necessary for a certain project or scope of work), the company will certify its employee in a particular welding process for a specific type of material at an exact thickness in one or more positions. For this reason, Women Who Weld does not certify participants of our intensive welding training programs, as certification varies greatly between jobs across industries. Notably, many Women Who Weld graduates have become certified on the job.
Are men ever present during the welding training programs?
Women Who Weld focuses on training women to weld, and while our intensive and introductory training programs are open to individuals who identify as women and may prefer to receive instruction and training in a female-oriented environment, gender binary and non-binary individuals are welcome, too.
Additionally, Women Who Weld’s Managing Director and Co-Instructor is a man who assists and, at times, leads instruction and training.
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Does Women Who Weld receive funding from the federal, state, or local government?
No, Women Who Weld does not receive any funding or support from the federal, state, or local government. Women Who Weld relies entirely on a small number of grants, private donations, and a small earned revenue source through our Single-Day Introductory Workshops and partially subsidized Week-Long Intensive Welding Training Classes, as well as sales of our t-shirts and stickers. All proceeds from earned revenue sources, which amount to less than 15% of our annual operating budget, go directly toward programming and operating costs.
Are donations to Women Who Weld tax-deductible?
Yes, Women Who Weld is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; all US-based donations are tax-deductible. Women Who Weld’s Tax ID is 81-1245739.
I would like to make a donation to Women Who Weld to support its mission; how can I donate?
You can make a donation via check, Facebook, Venmo, or PayPal (note: PayPal takes 2.2% of each donation). Your donation will enable us to continue our welding training programs, and grow and scale our operations to reach and train more women to weld and obtain living-wage jobs in the welding industry. Contact us for more information!
What are some ways in which I can donate or monetarily support Women Who Weld?
You can sponsor a participant in our fully subsidized, 6-Week Intensive Welding Training Program for unemployed and underemployed women or a participant in our partially subsidized, Week-Long Intensive Welding Training Class. The participants you sponsor are prepared for full-time jobs or apprenticeships in the welding industry following their completion of our intensive welding training programs. Contact us for more information!
You can make a one-time or recurring tax-deductible donation. Contact us to make a cash, stock, or in-kind donation.
You can purchase a Women Who Weld t-shirt or sticker.
You can start a fundraiser via Facebook.
You can start a fundraiser individually or through your place of business. Please contact us for more information.
I would like to donate equipment or materials to Women Who Weld; how should I do so?
Please contact us if you or your company would like to donate equipment or materials to Women Who Weld. Please refrain from mailing used equipment and materials.
Does Women Who Weld offer financial aid or scholarships?
No, Women Who Weld does not offer financial aid or scholarships to the general public or to participants of our welding training programs.
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Can I use and/or modify Women Who Weld’s logo?
No, Women Who Weld’s logo is registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), is exclusively owned by Women Who Weld, and may only be used by Women Who Weld.
Can I use the Women Who Weld name to brand, label, describe, advertise, market, and/or promote my business, organization, product, project, program, goods, services, content and/or materials?
No, Women Who Weld® is registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), is exclusively owned by Women Who Weld, and may only be used by Women Who Weld.
Can I borrow or use content published by Women Who Weld on www.womenwhoweld.org for personal or commercial purposes?
No, all content on this website, including, but not limited to, text, photographs, images, designs, video, audio, data, and general “look and feel,” is protected by United States copyright law and may not be distributed, transmitted, reproduced, displayed, published, or broadcast without the prior written consent of Women Who Weld. You may not alter or remove any copyright or trademark from content on this website, or content owned and controlled by Women Who Weld, including content published on our respective social media accounts and service platforms, such as Instagram, Facebook, Eventbrite LinkedIn, Twitter, et al.