Welding Business & Sales: Weld Process Expert - View the video

Karen Gilgenbach

Karen Gilgenbach
Weld Process Specialist
Airgas North Central

11927 West Silver Spring Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53225

Career Clusters / Help Topics:

  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Karen graduated with a degree in Engineering Mechanics from Michigan State in 2003. Upon graduation she took a role as a Sales Technician for Linde Gas LLC, which was a sales role, and consisted of finding value added solutions for customers on bulk cryogenic gas, welding, specialty gases, and other products. As part of her role, her company provided training on many of the technical aspects in this industry, including welding, and Karen went on to become a Certified Welding Inspector in 2006. In 2007 her company was in part acquired by Airgas, Inc, and shortly after the buyout Karen took a role as a Radnor Product Manager, which consisted of managing and growing the sales of Airgas’ privately labeled products in WI, MN, IL, IA, and parts of SD, ND, NE and IN. In 2008 Regional Automation Technician was added to Karen’s responsibilities for the same area, which consisted of managing and growing the business in the areas of Robotic Welding, Mechanized Cutting Tables, and similar products. Karen also became Chairperson of the American Welding Society Milwaukee Section in 2008. In 2010 Karen took a different role, going back to her more technical roots, as a Weld Process Specialist, providing technical solutions to customers, as a value added solution. She became a Certified Welding Supervisor and a Certified Robotic Arc Welding Technician in 2011, and is also a Wisconsin Weld Test Conductor.

Hear how the world of welding can take you far in business. Armed with an Engineering Mechanics degree and with many welding certifications under her belt, Karen Gilgenbach shares insight on the business and sales end of the welding industry. In her many roles working in the gas and welding product distribution arena, Karen has learned s multitude of hands-on technical skills and earned specialty certifications such as Robotic Arc Welding. With this background she works with a variety of companies helping them decide how to improve their weld processes and in this session offers advice to students exploring careers in welding. (Running Time 21:48)