Girl in orange shirt standing by a door.

Imagine running a business responsible for welding massive steel structures that will do amazing tasks in roadwork, farming, and other applications. Now, you need to find a welder. What kind of person would you expect to walk through your door? Well, they’d have to be skilled, hard working, and responsible. They’d also have to be ready to work hard and do whatever it takes to get the job done each and every day…right? Would you be thinking of an 18-year-old girl two days after her high school graduation? 

If not, you’d have missed out on an amazing employee!

Sadie Khoury walked through that door at Cammond Industries and because of the skills she developed during her time at PTC, has been able to produce quality products, meet quotas, and even pick up extra work from time to time when the company has increased demand.

When asked how she found out about the opportunity, Khoury shared that she first recommended the owner come through the PTC shop and see the training in action. After he realized she was developing the kinds of skills needed for his business, she said, “He called me up one day and said, ‘I need a welder, get down here.’” She continued, “I started working two days after I graduated high school.” Now, more than a year later, she has some seniority in the shop and even enjoys helping new welders as they join the team.

When asked what advice she’d give for someone just starting out in the welding industry, Khoury says, “Be teachable, don’t act like you know everything. Even if you think you know it all, you probably don’t. There’s always something to learn. Keep a level head, slow down and think through the work if you have to. I also had a lot of people underestimate me because I’m a girl. For women, even if you’re not physically able to heavy lift, there are so many different welding jobs that don’t require heavy lifting.” 

Khoury shouldn’t be underestimated going forward and has certainly proven herself in the industry. She is the embodiment of one of our values here at PTC. She is fearless, a proactive innovator, and a bold leader!