GNTC | Ryan Fincher, SkillsUSA World Team Welder

GNTC | Ryan Fincher, SkillsUSA World Team Welder


(music) Hey I’m Ryan Fincher I’m the 2019 Welder
for WorldSkills USA. I love welding it takes a lot of skill and it’s got a
artistic side to it I guess you could say. Growing up I was always the kid
poking the fire playing with the fire and your parents constantly have to get onto you
quit playing with fire, but I’ve just always loved fire. When you’re welding
you’re pretty much creating fire melting metal to metal and it’s just something I
fell in love with. Being selected to the Team USA for the WorldSkills Competition is kind of the equivalent of an athlete competing at the Olympics.
That’s kind of what it’s related to. If you think about it in a skilled
trades area and skilled areas like Welding. It’s the equivalent of being an
Olympic athlete and going to the Olympics and representing your country.
It was a little overwhelming. I’ve always dreamed of it and thought about it but I
never thought I actually could do it. I kind of surprised myself a little, bit
but I was excited and it feels real good. Well there’s a little bit of a language
barrier sometimes with other competitors but everyone has respect for one
another because we’ve all made it to this level and we all know what it took
to get to this level. So we didn’t make it because we wasn’t somewhat good or
they wasn’t somewhat good. We all kind of want to help make the welding industry
better. We all are competing though for the gold but our end goal, I believe, is to
make the welding industry worldwide a better industry. Everyone I’ve met so far
has just been real nice and friendly. We all have dedication to be here so we
all have something in common whether we know it or not. We all have the same end
goal in mind, which is you know as close to perfect weld as we can get. A
weld is kind of like your signature. If you want a career where you can climb
the ladder and progress, I mean, you can
definitely do it in welding. It pays really good. There’s so many different fields
and jobs that you can get, such a wide variety of them, that it’s endless. I mean
anything from a production welder, ship welder, welding engineers.
I mean it’s endless the jobs that you can get from welding. Always push
yourself to be better. Don’t just settle for just good enough or that’s just
alright – push yourself see what you are capable of or you’ll never know. (music)

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