When you think of welding, tradesmen or farmers fixing gates might come to mind.

But for some ladies in Broken Hill, they're swapping their office day jobs for melting metals at night.

Comparing ways to fuse steel together and staying safe from welding sparks, are common conversations amongst the students.

Trade teacher Ray Johnston says he's seeing more and more women interested in learning the skill of metal fabrication.

"Ladies who come in from properties to do some of these classes, they found it very useful because quite often they find their husbands don't have the time to do some of the little jobs that need doing."

"I remember a lady welding up a bed that was broken in the shearing quarters, the big funny story being that they weren't quite sure how the bed got broken."

Student Sharon McInnes says learning the art of welding reminds her of childhood days helping her dad as he fixed up farm gates on their station property.

"I've been thinking about it for a while - I used to be my father's holder."

"The first thing I had to overcome was the fear of sparks, because we cut steel. You get smoke in your face and it's not something I'm used to - but I'm enjoying it, it's really good."

"I've sewn for years and it's just working with your hands but with another material."

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