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Women in Machining

NTO: nontraditional occupation

DVD 15 minutes; $95.00
Order #22003; ISBN #978-1-60118-013-1
Resource guide 114 pages, $45.00
Order #22002; ISBN #978-1-877933-78-3

Seven machinists who work in a variety of jobs. One points out that she does less heavy lifting as a machinist than she did as a waitress. "Recommended" --Learning Resource Materials Update.

From Women in Machining DVD:
          Copyright © Jocelyn Riley

“It’s important to do something that you’re going to enjoy if you’re going to do it for a long amount of time.  But yeah, I like it a lot.  And I don’t mind getting dirty.  It makes me feel more like a machinist.”

“For fourteen years I waitressed.  I needed to do something I could make more money at and be a little more independent. . . . Waitressing--there’s a lot of hard work in that. . . . Well, I baked, too.  I mean we had one-hundred pound bags of flour and sugar.  And I could lift them and carry them up.  I probably lift less now than I did then.”

“I like keeping busy and I like learning different things.  I love math and it’s a lot of gauging and sizes and I love the physical aspects of it.  You’re using more skills.  You have more of a challenge and you’re using your own mental ability to solve different situations and to make the part.”

“I like the physical labor.  I like taking machines apart and putting them back together.  I like seeing the finished product and thinking, ‘I made this.’”

“The reason I took this opportunity to become a machinist is because of the challenge of the job, and I like working with my hands. . . .”

“My daddy, he says he knew I was going to be in something like this because I’ve always liked to mess with stuff--always caught myself trying to fix things.”

“The longer I was in it, the more I saw and the more I learned about the culture and learned about the way things were done.  I felt less and less like a woman in a nontraditional and more and more like a machinist.”

114-page Resource Guide -- Contents:

Profiles of Seven Contemporary Women Machinist with Discussion Questions
Viewing Notes for Women in Machining DVD
DVD Script
Discussion Questions

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