PW Employee learning welding trade draws KOBI NBC5’s cameras to Pro Weld, Inc. facility
What an exciting week at Pro Weld, Inc. Our very own employee and Eagle Point High School Senior Gavin Frazier sparked KOBI NBC5 New’s attention through his eager tradeskill learning. Not even 24-hours earlier, he caught the eye of EPHS’ District 9 staff which secured the “Student Spotlight” post on the District’s Eagle Point Facebook Page.

KOBI NBC5 ‘s Anna Weeks promptly contacted Pro Weld, Inc. for an opportunity to catch Gavin in action at the 1316 Ave G – 14,000 square foot facility in White City. The request to interview Gavin and owners was fielded by co-owner Penny Oberlander for which there was an immediate “yes.”
Co-Owner Penny shared, “Gavin is an employee seen as an incredible asset. We are providing him in-house training which is foundational for a career in welding. If anyone deserves it, it’s Gavin.”

Below you will find the full interview, as shown on the KOBI NBC5 website.
Repost from KOBI-TV NBC2 website: KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2 HS student gets hands-on welding experience WHITE CITY, Ore. — A senior at Eagle Point High School is getting hands on experience, while still getting school credit.
“It’s like your own world when you put your helmet down,” Gavin said.
After taking a metals class his sophomore year, Gavin Frazier said he found his passion: welding. Now, he is getting school credit while working part time at Pro Weld in White City.
“I don’t really like sitting down in class, and just like, listening to a teacher,” Gavin said.
Instead, Gavin decided to get hands-on experience in the field. When Pro Weld owners James and Penny Oberlander were put in contact with the teen, they saw a certain spark.
“It’s been great to watch him grow and at his age he’ll, if he continues, he’ll be one of those Prima Donnas when he’s like 40 probably,” Penny said.

He’s been working at Pro Weld part time since July. After Gavin’s done with class, he heads over to the shop to learn from the pros. “He’s learning the whole gamut. How to rig, how to take these overhead cranes and turn stuff over and how to do structural welding,” James said. “When your hood goes down, all your focus on is where you’re welding and it’s like whatever is going on behind you, it really doesn’t matter,” Gavin said. Some of his the projects he has worked on can already be seen around town, from bike racks to a bridge being built in Ashland. “Actually having to get the tools out and actually have to lift the beam and be literally there, the hands-on experience, then you really get the this is how it’s really done cause they actually did do it,” James said.

The Oberlanders told me there’s a lack of tradesmen in the work force. Getting students interested in welding early, ensures there will be great welders to come. They say there instincts were right, this teen is different. “It doesn’t matter if it’s in metric, if it’s in a different language, he can just by sight look at it and get it started and adjusted and that’s, that’s a pretty good statement,” James said. After he graduates high school, Gavin wants to make this his career. His dream?  To become an iron worker. For a direct link to Medford, Oregon’s KOBI NBC5 coverage, see below.

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