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NOV 2018

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MMS NOVEMBER 2018 80 mmsonline.com WOMEN IN MANUFACTURING Find Your Passion, Get Your Education Dana Kensmoe's welding career can be traced back to a school program that helped her realize a passion for the job. We first talked to Ms. Kensmoe back in 2012 when she was a junior at Eleva-Strum High School in Strum, Wisconsin. Her first manufacturing job was at Cardinal Manufacturing, the high school's vocational program that runs as a commercial business, taking on contract manufacturing work from commercial customers under the direction of teacher Craig Cegielski. "I first started welding as an eighth-grader after taking some exploratory classes in Mr. Cegielski's vocational program. I thought it was so cool, and it seemed like a lot of fun. I loved watching raw material become something. I felt welding is something I could never get sick of," Ms. Kensmoe says. Today, she works as a welder at Global Finishing Solutions, a manufacturer of paint booths and finishing environments in Osseo, Wisconsin. From the beginning, Ms. Kensmoe knew that she wanted to work at Global. Three things attracted her to the job: location, type of work and company culture. When she first started at the company, it was only 12 minutes from where she lived. Now, she gladly drives 45 minutes each way because "the benefits and the people are great." The main benefit is that she finds her job truly interesting. "It's not piece- work like at other companies—I have no interest in that," she says. At Global, she sometimes makes 20 to 50 pieces of the same product, but sometimes she makes manifolds, which is her favorite job because they have to be air-tight. She says they put her pipe-welding skills to the test. Landing her dream job, however, was not entirely an easy task. Even though she applied several times at Global after she graduated from high school, the compa- ny's foreman kept telling her the same thing: "Too many people don't follow through with their education. Call me when you finish your technical training." So that's what she did. After working hard to finish her one-year welding program at DANA KENSMOE | WELDER Dana Kensmoe's training includes a high school vocational program and three years of post- graduate training at her local technical college. With this skillset, she was able to secure her position as a welder at Global Finishing Solutions. Photo: Dana Kensmoe "I don't work a day in my life because I love welding so much." – DA N A K E N S M O E

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