OFTC’s Hannah Meacham Turns Welding Hobby into Future Career

Hannah Meacham, OFTC Welding student.

OFTC – Welding was something Hannah Meacham always wanted to try, but she viewed it as a hobby; something she would find the time to learn ‘one day.’ When she finally gave it a try, she realized it was more than a hobby. Welding was what she was meant to do.

Meacham enrolled in Oconee Fall Line Technical College’s (OFTC) welding and joining technology program in January. She was familiar with the college – it was close to home and she knew of their positive reputation.

“I am a hands-on learner, so I knew the learning environment at OFTC would be beneficial for me,” Meacham shared. “And so far, my experience has been amazing.”

The instructors are very involved and have made Meacham’s experience stand out. “They are so good at showing you what to do and explaining everything you need to know about what they are teaching,” she said.

“I learn something new every day and if I ever need help with anything, the instructors are always right there and willing to help.”

A Flexible, Caring Place

Meacham’s not only a student, but she also works. The flexibility of her OFTC classes has allowed her to continue working while furthering her education toward a career in welding.

“Working and balancing school is not easy,” Meacham shared, “but my instructors have really worked with my schedule to help me make it happen.”

She’s been able to rotate the time she spends in the welding lab around her other responsibilities.

“I just think that OFTC is an amazing place – not everyone is going to work with you to help you succeed like that,” Meacham said. “I’m so glad that I chose to further my education here.”

A Non-Traditional Career

As a female in welding, Meacham is pursuing a non-traditional career. The term Nontraditional Careers refers to jobs traditionally filled by one gender. Nontraditional occupations are those in which one gender make up less than 25% of the total number of workers.

“I am sure once I graduate and enter the workforce as a female welder, I will deal with people who have doubts about me,” Meacham said, “but I will just have to work hard and show them what I can do.”

“There will always be doubters in anything you choose to do,” she added, “but you’ve always got to keep your head up. If you keep your head up and put your mind to it, you will be able to do anything.”

Meacham says she plans to obtain employment at the Warner Robins Air Force base after she graduates.

To learn more about OFTC’s Welding program or the 130+ programs of study available, visit the college’s website, OFTC.edu.