Jordan was recently hired as a full-time Welder by Palmer, after graduating from TCAT-Paris in Welding. While he was enrolled in TCAT, Jordan worked at Palmer as a co-op Welder from January ’22 – May ‘22. Jordan is a native of Dickson, TN and his hobbies include spending time with his wife and two young sons (ages 1-1/2 and 3).
WHEN AND WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A WELDER?
After graduating high school in 2015, I immediately entered the workforce. After working as a machine operator or general laborer at several plants, I became tired of working different jobs and getting nowhere. I decided to stop working “jobs” and start my “career”. I’ve always enjoyed working with my hands and a career as Welder seemed like a natural choice for me, so I enrolled at TCAT in 2020.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY THE MOST ABOUT BEING A WELDER?
I enjoy the feeling of pride I get when I step back and examine the parts I’m fabricating. It feels good to see myself create something out of nothing by using my own two hands.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD GIVE A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT TODAY ABOUT A CAREER AS A WELDER?
Welding is a great career if you are willing to put in the work. Becoming an excellent welder requires focused practice, just like playing a sport.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE ANY MENTORS WHO HELPED YOU ON YOUR JOURNEY?
My family pushed and supported me through school while working.
WHAT WOULD YOU TELL A CURRENT STUDENT ABOUT YOUR CO-OP EXPERIENCE WITH PALMER & TCAT?
I had a great experience. Both Palmer and TCAT were flexible with my work schedule to help me get the hours I needed. Co-oping gave me a unique opportunity to reveal areas where I was unhappy with my performance, then go to TCAT to further practice, ask questions of my instructor, and share my experience with my classmates. Another plus was I knew at graduation where I would be working.
DO YOU HAVE ANY PROFESSIONAL GOALS OVER THE NEXT 5 – 10 YEARS?
I plan to better myself as a Welder by learning something new every day. I learn by asking questions of more experienced Welders, by completing a weld I haven’t done before, or by fixing my mistakes.
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About Palmer Tool
Palmer Tool completes critical jobs on-time and on-budget. Since 1966, Palmer has taken on jobs that other shops and contractors either didn’t want, or just couldn’t do. We can fabricate parts in our shops, visit you at your plant, or meet you at on-location (ie. logging, mining, construction, etc.). From the toughest repairs to the most complex new assembly, we’ve seen and done it all. Over the past 50+ years, Palmer has maintained our reputation as a trusted expert welder and fabricator of non-ferrous alloys in demanding applications (high pressure + high temperature chemical plants). Our hard-facing applications, and robust designs, have successfully extended the service life of countless industrial “extreme service” components, saving our clients’ money! Palmer Tool and Contractors provide on-call emergency services 24/7, because we understand that in manufacturing “the clock never stops”.