Meet Alec Rees

Alec is a first-year Metal Fabrication Technology student at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He has had a passion for working with his hands since he was young and loved seeing projects through from start to finish. Alec knows that manufacturing and fabricating offers endless personal and professional opportunities, and he is confident that he can achieve greatness through his hard work, dedication, and pride as he enters his trade.

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Meet Abby Frisk

Abby is an Industrial Welding Technology student at Fox Valley Technical College in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Growing up on her family’s dairy farm and watching her family weld, Abby decided to pursue welding in high school and her passion for the trade has only continued to grow. Her love for welding has led her to become very involved with the American Welding Society and her local Fox Valley AWS chapter, and she is committed to creating a career where she can work in the aerospace field and eventually become a certified welding inspector.

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Meet Bryn Otto

Bryn is a teen welder, fabricator, and apprentice. Born and raised in Grand Island, Nebraska, Bryn is eager to graduate from his trade high school in May 2022 and start his career in the welding industry, as well as becoming a certified welding inspector after completing his apprenticeship. He is also the founder and 1/5th of Surgeons of Steel, a group that shares their welding skills and personalities across social media. Bryn is focused on making his mark on the welding industry by putting in the work, learning from his peers as well as the pros, and sharing his passion for welding any chance he gets.

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Meet Mike Rizzo

Mike is a welder, bladesmith, metal artist, and the founder of Muffin Man Metalworks. Based in Connecticut, Mike started out in the heavy equipment repair and fabrication industry through an apprenticeship program in and out of high school. After serving in the Army for 4 years, he returned to the trade and developed a much deeper interest in the welding and fabricating side of it all, where it activated a creative side he didn’t even know existed. Since then, he’s been blending all things metal work-related together to further feed his curiosity and strengthen his skills.

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Custom RTT Welding Art Giveaway

We’ve teamed up with Sean Flottmann aka @dabswellington whose created a one-of-a-kind, 18×24 custom welded & framed piece of Rock the Trades metal wall art! You won’t want to miss this giveaway — read on for details…

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Meet JoseyWeldz

Josey is an African American Welding Instructor with a passion for serving others. Based in Baltimore, Maryland, Josey is actively working to make change in her community through teaching welding and positivity to her students, which includes a new event she started called “A Weekend of Welding” to help make the skilled trade accessible to all.

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