‘SPARK’ is a corporate social responsibility initiative promoted by INOXCVA, a leader in delivering Cryogenic storage, distribution & transportation solutions worldwide. The Cryogenic industry has a huge demand of Welding professionals, which is primarily a male dominated profession, women were not seen in this area of work. As a part of Woman empowerment & gender equality initiatives, INOXCVA have collaborated with ITM
Baroda University (ITMBU), Jarod, Vadodara in developing up an on-campus Skilled Development & Welding Excellence Centre. The company identifies Girl Welders to learn Welding and related soft skills. INOX India bares all expenses of training & hostel facilities and also pays stipend to the girl welders to help them in alleviating the poverty and overcoming the economic constraints. At the end of training, all female welders are absorbed by INOX India in employment. These female welders are provided on-job
exposure to weld different types of products. Response to this initiatives is very encouraging and these welders are enjoying their job being a part of manufacturing operations. INOX India keeps taking feedback from these welders to improve it further.
This is small step of INOX India towards giant leap in empowering woman in welding & manufacturing industry which is mainly dominated by males. Looking at the initiatives of INOX India for women development & gender equality, nearby industries are also motivated to opt such initiatives. Same is also encouraged & supported by Government of Gujarat towards women employment. Mitisha Chauhan, Nisha Parmar, Lata vankar, Parvati Parmar, Asha Parmar WOMEN IN WELDING WELDFAB 39 JUNE – JULY 2022 TECH TIMES

Q1. What made you choose welding as a career, which is a highly male dominated segment?

Mitiksha S Chauhan
So far welding was performed by male welders. since INOX India has taken intuitive recruit female welders, I thought to apply this position and determined to work a welder.

Nisha Parmar
I thought to start welding as my carrier same like males do.

Lata Vankar
I wanted to be welder after I heard about training is being provided by INOX India.

Parvati Parmar
I wanted to work like other boys and Welding Activities and prepared myself to join it.

Asha Parmar
I saw many Girls are joining Industry and education field in Engineering activities but very less in Welding. I thought why not join welding which is mostly done by males.

Q2. Could you brief us on your journey so far into welding?

Mitiksha S Chauhan
I had a fear about welding work but eventually I learned it and enjoying welding job now.

Nisha Parmar
I learnt to like my job.

Lata Vankar
It was bit hard to imagine at the beginning but with my efforts and great continuous support from INOX India, I could become welder.

Parvati Parmar
Hat fear at beginning but now I am comfortable to weld.

Asha Parmar
Little bit hard to manage timing specially while doing household work and follow company timelines. But with my determination and efforts I a able to manage both.

Q3. What is your current nature of work?

Mitiksha S Chauhan
Stainless Steel Vessel Long Seam, Circumferential Seam and part Welding.

Nisha Parmar
Parts welding gin SS vessels.

Lata Vankar
Low Thickness Stainless Steel Welding. Parvati Parmar Aluminium Welding of container.

Asha Parmar
SS Pipe Welding.

Q4. Any welding processes you specialize into?

Mitiksha S Chauhan
Auto GMAW & manual GTAW.

Nisha Parmar
Manual GTAW.

Lata Vankar
Auto GMAW.

Parvati Parmar
Auto GMAW, Manual GTAW.

Asha Parmar
Manual GTAW, Auto GTAW.

Q5. Your current project?

Mitiksha S Chauhan
Static Type Cryogenic Vessels manufacturing.

Nisha Parmar
Static Type Cryogenic Vessels manufacturing.

Lata Vankar
Liquid Cylinders manufacturing.

Parvati Parmar
Cryo containers Welding.

Asha Parmar
SS Piping Fabrication for Transport type Cryogenic vessels and Skids.

Q6. What is your say on health and safety in welding? How do you consider the same when on job?

Mitiksha S Chauhan
Necessary cleaning, use of PPEs are necessary to ensure better hygiene,safety of self and surrounding.

Nisha Parmar
Use of PPE like Welding screen Apron, Helmet, other PPEs etc are necessary to ensure personal safety and good health.

Lata Vankar
Following safety and health guidelines as per company rules is must to ensure good housekeeping and safety of self and others.

Parvati Parmar
Compliance to necessary PPE and better ventilation is necessary for health and safety.

Asha Parmar
Safety first to Ensure better health. WOMEN IN WELDING 40 WELDFAB TECH TIMES JUNE – JULY 2022

Q7. Have you anytime faced gender discrimination on site, as the stream is male dominated?

Mitiksha S Chauhan
Sometime hard to work in difficult positions but we try our best to match that condition with little extra time.

Nisha Parmar
Yes sometime in specific positions but I try my best.

Lata Vankar
I have never experience such issues in my job.

Parvati Parmar
Not Experienced in my job.

Asha Parmar
I try to do my best to match expectations of industry using my experience, skills and common sense.

Q8. What are your future plans?

Mitiksha S Chauhan
I want to develop myself further in welding and improve mu skills and abilities.

Nisha Parmar
I wish to continue work in welding.

Lata Vankar
I wish to continue to grow in welding and fabrication field.

Parvati Parmar
Wish to know and grow more I welding.

Asha Parmar
Want to know more about welding want to Weld in any position.

Q9. Closing message, especially to the female

Mitiksha S Chauhan
I recommend Girls to join this field and do something different than other girls.

Nisha Parmar
Join Welding , I will help you.

Lata Vankar
I will help other Girls to join Welding & INOX.

Parvati Parmar
I will advise other girls to join INOX.

Asha Parmar
Learn new things, make your carrier yourself, welding is good field to join.