The metalworker job has always been a man’s job. Young professional men are no longer attracted by this profession. Well, we must stand corrected on both of those statements. We met with Floriane and Amélie, two young women who have always had a passion for metal and for manual jobs. And they have been working for some years now in the workshops at Disneyland® Paris. Let us discover together their daily lives and their itineraries.
According to INSEE (the French national institute for statistics and economic studies) between 850 and 1,000 companies are active today in the metal shop working sector including Disneyland Paris. Our metal shop, located within the site’s backstage area, fabricates metallic objects from multiple components that are then shaped and then welded together. Food carts made to measure for the kitchens, cake moulds for special events, decorations for the parks – the metal shop workers at Disneyland Paris produce all sorts of things, including “critical parts”, professional jargon to denote items that ensure the safety of our Guests. Among those metal workers, there are two women – Floriane, 26 years old and Amélie, 24.
The former has been working for over a year at the metal shop. After four years of graphic studies and advertising, Floriane realised she preferred manual work and she prepared a degree in metal works. With this diploma she entered the company.
Her colleague Amélie is completing her fourth year at the metal shop, and while alternating work and studies she is preparing a degree as an industrial metal shop working. She started working at the age of eighteen in the social sector. She then veered in a spectacular manner to discover industrial metalworking. Amélie is curious and creative, and this corresponded far more to her personality. “I didn’t even think this profession still existed in our day”, she confides. She turned to a metal works school and thus followed a new professional path. “Thanks to Disneyland Paris I was trained and I discovered an endless list of techniques”. What she most likes is the ease with which the material can be handled.
The male –and female– metalworkers at Disneyland Paris create pumpkins, flowers or leaves, manipulating the metal with one hand and a hammer in the other. “Metal working has become very industrial and so is now much less physical. But it remains very creative”, Amélie concludes.