Demand for Welders
by Cierstyn Jacquin,
Randi Jenkins, Natalie Oesterly
There is a high demand for welders right now in America, so we knew this would be an excellent story to produce. Our production team had ideas right away about where to get interviews. We decided to contact Mr. Andy Robinson, the director at Four Rivers Career Center. Our adviser also suggested that we contact the American Welding Center. This was also a great idea, but due to time constraints, we were unable to go to both locations.
Robinson allowed us to go to Four Rivers on two separate days so that we could interview him, the welding teacher, and two students in the welding program. Every person we spoke to provided information that was very important to our story.
We first interviewed welding teacher Mr. Dan Kemper. We were able to interview him and a couple of his students during a break in the class period. He told us about his experience in the welding community and the demand for well-trained welders.
When we interviewed students James Scott and McKenzie Branson, they told us about how their interest in welding sparked at a young age. This is something that Kemper had in common with the students. The students also shared how they would like to use welding in their life after school. Mckenzie even said that she would like to attend the American Welding Academy - the place we were originally considering to include in our story.
When we interviewed Robinson, he explained how the welding class allowed the students to explore the different types of welding available to the students and how they can work at their own pace. Most of the topics we discussed during the interview were similar to those of Kemper.
We were able to film students welding, which was really fascinating. The students were more than willing to take turns being in front of the camera to show us what projects they were currently working on.
Writing the script wasn’t that difficult because most of the things said by the interviewees were very similar. They talked about the demand for welding, how they became interested, how they plan to pursue
welding after school, and how the class is set up to prepare them for the future.
This story was very fun to produce because it involved covering a topic that we don’t get to experience every day. Working on this story taught us a lot about talking to new people and listening to their stories. We hope that you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed producing it.