Welding in Popular Culture

Industry has been an iconic part of American culture since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in the early 19th Century. Welding has no small part to play throughout history and it shows up in pop culture even today.

Industry has been an iconic part of American culture since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in the early 19th Century. Welding has no small part to play throughout history and it shows up in pop culture even today.

You can see Tony Stark donning his own welding goggles in Iron Man as he creates his first super suit that earns him his title. In The Empire Strikes BackChewbacca goes to town with a welding torch as he repairs the infamous Millenium Falcon.

Welding as an occupation is what is known as a “skilled profession.” Welding, like so many of the skilled professions, has an aging median workforce. With the average age of any given welder being 40 years old, there is a lot of room in the market for younger folks to get involved at the ground floor and rise quickly. Perhaps seeing Doc Oc in Spiderman 2 welding together his eight-armed machine will inspire a new generation of welders and skilled workers.

During the1940’s, many of the men in the workforce volunteered for the war effort against the Axis powers. Then entered Rosie the Riveter, the heroine of the manufacturing industry. The campaign, driven by the Westinghouse Electric Corporation, inspired married women to contribute their part to the war effort.

This historic campaign would do more than invoke patriotism in the hearts of women; it paved the way for women to begin participating in the workforce at large, causing an enormous shift in culture over the next several decades.

On a side note, in the acclaimed mockumentary series “Parks and Recreation,” beloved man of the moment Ron Swanson uses metal from a wall sconce to create his own wedding bands.

If you want to be like any of these larger than life characters, we have everything you need at Sidney Lee Welding Supply, providing the best welding equipment in GA. Be the hero and the person you’ve always wanted to be by creating with welding tools!