Go Build Tennessee March 2018 Ambassador: Tara Reed

“Go Build Ambassadors” exemplify the spirit of Go Build as the proud, elite group helping to build a better tomorrow. As the future of our country’s construction industry, they understand there’s nothing they can’t accomplish with their own two hands: they are the keys to their own success, providers for society’s progress, and catalysts for change. Congrats to our March 2018 Go Build Tennessee Ambassador, Tara Reed of Rogersville.

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Name:  Tara Reed

Hobbies: Spending time with my son and fishing.

Training Program: Welding, Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Morristown.

Certification: Welding

Favorite Training Activity: My favorite training activity is working on actual projects and seeing how different fabrication applications work together to produce a well-functioning finished product.

What inspired you to pursue a career in the skilled trades? Since graduating high school I have worked in various jobs ranging from fry cook to a railroad conductor.  However, none of these jobs provided me any real job security and left me without peace of mind for my family’s future.  Becoming skilled in the welding trade has given me a new purpose and renewed passion for a rewarding career.

What are your plans after completing your training?  It is my desire to work as a pipe welder and develop my technique, obtain certifications, and exceed the expectations of my employer and others in my field.  I plan to work for Jacobs Engineering Group at Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, Tennessee as a pipe welder. 

For young people who might be considering a career in construction, what advice would you share?  There is a tremendous amount of job satisfaction in a construction career.  Building and fabrication is applying your knowledge by working with your hands, and at the end of the day, you can see what you have produced and you can be proud of your accomplishments.  Never be afraid to pursue a “non-traditional” career and to realize that there really are endless opportunities in the skilled trades for those who are equipped with a solid foundation, work ethic, and drive to succeed. 


About the TCAT Welding Program:

The Welding program is designed to teach individuals how to weld various metals using different types of welding processes. The student begins with basic welding processes and techniques and then advances into processes such as pipe and tig welding. Students may elect to take the full course or may learn only one or two areas, such as mig welding for a production job or to upgrade current skills.

Welding is used almost everywhere, from the construction of buildings and factories to cars and appliances. A good welder is always in demand and earns a good salary.

For more information, contact the admissions department, admissions@tcatmorristown.edu or 423-586-5771.

The mission of Go Build is to enhance the image of the construction industry and inform young people and their “influencers” about career opportunities in the craft trades. To nominate a student, educator or influencer as a “Go Build Ambassador,” send us an email to info@gobuildtennesssee.com for more information.