Meet M’sia’s First Female Underwater Welder, Nur Izzati Athirah

Underwater welding is classified as one of the most dangerous occupations in the world, mostly because the job involves working in a risky environment with little visibility.

Welders are required to repair pipelines, offshore oil drilling rigs, ships, dams, locks, and sub-sea habitats, to name a few, and do it all underwater to boot.

Despite the danger, there are some courageous souls who would undertake the task, like Nur Izzati Athirah Mohammad Yusof, Malaysia’s first female underwater welder.

She may only be 21, but the young woman has already made a name for herself in a career field that’s normally dominated by men.

The second child out of four siblings, Izzati was born and raised at Kampung Kuala Sungai Rambutan, Rantau Panjang in the district of Selama, Perak.

As a child, Izzati Athirah was not overly fond of girly things like dolls – they just weren’t her cup of tea. In fact, when she was in primary school, she wanted to be a soldier (another risky job!).

All that changed when she took a trip to Weldzone Training Centre while she was still studying at Kolej Vokasional Taiping in Kamunting, Taiping, Perak. She was the only female student who pursued a course in welding.

At Weldzone Training Centre in Seri Manjung, Perak, Izzati Athirah got a glimpse into the concept of underwater welding. Needless to say, she was impressed. Soon, received a scholarship from the training centre to undergo their Commercial Diving & Underwater Welding Course.

Now, besides being an underwater welder, she’s an assistant instructor there too.

“Being able to see and appreciate the beautiful ocean and nature make me love my job more,” she said.


With so many risks, the job is anything but easy. Fortunately, Izzati is what you’d call an ‘iron lady.’

“I can do anything if I believe I can,” she said.

Kudos, Nur Izzati! Thank you for your work and service. We’re inspired by you. Tag an iron lady you know in the comments below.