He still thinks it's the best profession there is, even after 35 years. Johnny Karsan, pipe welder at Visser & Smit Hanab for Industrial Power Projects (IPP), says, ‘My job is varied, flexible and exciting!'
Johnny learned the basics of the profession at a lower vocational technical school. But it was during his two years at the specialised Wilton-Feijenoord industrial school that he learned the finer points. 'It was during coppersmithing that I really learned how to weld and was awarded certificates in professional competence for various materials and techniques. I've been working for Visser & Smit Hanab for over twenty years now, primarily on the transportation pipelines: stainless steel pipes for, like, gas and water.' ‘
A young fifty-year-old
At 53, Johnny is actually part of the 'young' generation of welders. 'Our profession is ageing dramatically. That's why it's so important that we attract more young people. It can be very interesting for them, too. The experience here is something you won't find anywhere else. I learned the profession from experienced welders. And now I'd like to pass on what I know to the next generation. Take advantage of that!'
Looking for team players
Johnny has worked on some impressive projects in the Netherlands and abroad. 'From Rotterdam to Groningen and Belgium to Germany. If you have a good feel for the job, you'll really get somewhere. There are plenty of opportunities at our company.' That's just one of the many benefits of working at Visser & Smit Hanab, according to Johnny. 'You're given all the space you need to grow.' In addition to that, this enthusiastic pipe welder praises the social dynamics at our company.
'We work together to get the job done. You're always part of a close-knit team. So, besides craftsmanship and a desire to learn, social skills are equally important.'