Bailey Steele

Bailey Steele

Apprentice


Ironworkers Local 25

Detroit, MI USA


You’ve just got to jump right in. You can’t be scared.

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Bailey Steele

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
I was born and raised in Michigan.
At 18 years old, I was working at Taco Bell and didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life—I just knew that college wasn’t for me.
I met a woman who told me about the Women Who Weld program—I decided to participate in their one-day welding workshop and loved it from the start!
After Women Who Weld, I hesitated for a few months because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to jump into welding as a full-blown career, but I eventually decided to move forward with it.
I spent nine months welding automotive racks and became very skilled but started thinking I wanted more.
I learned about the Ironworkers trade union from a coworker and decided to apply.
I’m currently working as a welding apprentice in the Ironworkers Local 25 Apprenticeship Training Program union and I love it!

Education

High School
Vocational
Intensive Welding Training Program
Women Who Weld

Career

Apprentice

I build anything to do with steel or iron.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Engineering
Technology
Building Things

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

If you think you might want to try something, just jump right into it. Don't be afraid. If you let yourself be too afraid, you'll spend your whole life doing nothing. Just try it!

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I'm not sure if I should move forward with welding. This is going to be a full career. I don't know if I should commit."