Updated: Aug 16, 2022
written by Tiffany Rae Johnson
Hackett, short for Mubaarak Hackett, age 20, is a first cohort graduate and now a student instructor at the Gladiator Welding Program.
Through word of mouth amongst family members, the news of an opportunity to apply for the upcoming Gladiator Welding program arose.
His interest in welding sparked from a fascination with watching forging videos on YouTube. Hackett admits, “I had no knowledge of welding. Now, this is my first time teaching.”
Starting off as just one in the crowd, Hackett has earned his stripes to guide others coming into the program. As he is now teaching, he is still learning. “This new role is enhancing my skill,” he advises. “At first you’re not going to get it, it’s about trusting the process. Have fun, be yourself.”
Hackett’s motivation comes from his loved ones. The encouragement from his mother, uncle, and internal aspiration to make his late grandfather proud fuels his ambition. Hackett emphasizes the impact of his relationship with his grandfather, “If I do something big, whatever I am doing, I am doing it for him.”
Second guesses leave the room at Gladiator Welding. Hackett boasts about the atmosphere he felt coming into the Gladiator Welding Program. “I’m shy first, but once you get the feel of it, it keeps you coming back. It's just good vibes, the teachers are encouraging.”
At the end of the first cohort, Hackett describes it as “a little sad”. Monday through Thursday nights are “always fun”. For these reasons, coming back as an assistant instructor was an easy decision. Many friendships have developed throughout his time at the program. Those that he keeps in touch with are “doing good for themselves, they are working in the welding field.”
About the Author
Tiffany Rae Johnson was born in 1997, in Fresno, California. She has a passion for boxing. Once a competitor, she now enjoys coaching upcoming talent in the Central Valley. She also enjoys traveling and painting. She thrives on spontaneous adventures and creative ways of viewing her surroundings.
She is a graduate of Clovis Community College, where she received her Associate’s Degree in Kinesiology. After a change in career path, she is now a senior at Fresno State University, where she is receiving her B.A. in Mass Communication and Journalism in December 2022. She has experience as an SCCCD Public Relations/Marketing, Fresno State Athletics Strategic Communications/Digital Media, and CMAC TV Community Media intern.