Women of Steel

The Women of Steel (WOS) campaign aims to support women in welding, through strategic engagement programs, both virtual and hands-on learning, that connect introductory welders to mentors.


New for summer 2021! Women of Steel Introduction to Welding Program (IWP) 5-day camp in Milton, Ontario.
• July 5th - July 9th (At Full Capacity)
• July 19th - July 23rd (At Full Capacity)

Download the IWP Milton camp brochure by clicking here.

What is Women of Steel (WOS)?

The Women of Steel (WOS) campaign aims to support women in welding, through strategic engagement programs, both virtual and hands on learning, that connect introductory welders to mentors. The campaign provides learning opportunities that foster education, growth, confidence, and experiences for women from across Canada interested in exploring potential welding career options while learning about the trade.

CWB Welding Foundation (CWBWF) initiated a social media engagement strategy in 2018 with the hopes of sharing an array of Canadian female welding journeys and encouraging other young women to explore education and careers in welding. To date more than 40 female welders have joined the network, and actively share career news and personal success stories.

In April 2019, the Foundation received a federal grant that allowed the next and more active phase of the social engagement strategy to commence, as well as the implementation of WOS Forging New Opportunities: Introduction to Welding Program (IWP), a structured 30 hour pilot course which was launched in summer 2019 at six partner post-secondary institutions across Canada. Both initiatives aim to encourage, support, and inspire women to explore both traditional and new options for careers in the trade, for many significant opportunities for employment exist.

Daily Schedule
July 5th - July 9th, 2021 from 8:00am - 4:00pm (At Full Capacity)
July 19th - July 23rd, 2021 from 8:00am - 4:00pm (At Full Capacity)

Day 1: Introduction to health and safety and Covid-19 protocols. Building, shop tour, PPE, welding tools and locker assignments. Introduction to the welding trade and basic theory of the MCAW process.

Day 2-4: Daily health and safety training. Hands-on welding with the flat and horizontal positions. A fun metal art project of a Horseshoe Tulip to take home. Guest speakers of women from the welding industry to share their journey and experiences will be present. Prizes will be awarded to recognize participants daily achievements.

Day 5: Participants will have the opportunity to complete a horizontal Fillet Weld Qualification as per CSA W47.1 followed by a graduation ceremony and an opportunity to participate in our program video.

The Women of Steel Introduction to Welding Program (IWP) is designed to support, inspire, and encourage young woman with hands-on training to spark an interest in the welding trade. This program is free for participants and will take place at the CWB Head Offices in Milton, Ontario.

Daily activities include classroom and hands-on training in the Advance Welding and Training Center and topics covered will include wire fed welding process called Metal Core Arc Welding (MCAW) in addition to safety, basic hand tools, and cutting and grinding techniques. Program will include daily guest speakers representing women in the welding trade.  All welding equipment including PPE will be provided free of charge to participants**.

If your answer is yes to the following questions, then you are qualified to join the camp.

  • Are you a female and 18 – 25 years old?
  • Are you from the Halton region or the surrounding area?
  • Are you willing to learn a new skill?
  • Do you have an aptitude for working with your hands?
  • Are you willing to commit to 5 days in class and shop training delivered in English?
  • Do you have any prior practical knowledge of basic tools?

Note: Maximum capacity is 12 students. Register early to guarantee your spot.

WOS aims to unite women in both traditional and non-traditional welding careers across Canada and to highlight female welders’ journeys into welding careers and their subsequent career advancement, illustrating both the challenges and opportunities they are tasked with, and how the profession has impacted their lives. Currently over 40 women across Canada are actively involved and contribute to a growing sisterhood of welding professionals, welding engineers, educators, inspectors, academics, and entrepreneurs. This initiative helps to clarify and update perceptions of a career in the skilled trades and illustrates a variety of pathways and new and advanced employment.

Opportunities have included:

  • CWB Association Chapter hosted informational events
  • Web-based roundtable event highlighting WOS participants
  • The development of a mentorship program, pairing young women interested in welding with WOS participants

We want to hear from you! Send your inquiries and comments to wos@cwbweldingfoundation.org and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn using #WomenofSteel.