View Full Version : What feild of welding should I look at going in to
12-28-2008, 08:53 PM
Hi guy im kinda new in the welding game i have just finished up a welding coarse. Im geting ready to go for my AWS cetifacations in mig and stick. I was mig welding aluminum for 3 years. So far i have leaner ac welding, mig,tig, and stick. i have a long way to go yet. I now in welding ull never now it all i learn more every time i turn around. that what kind of field im looking for somthing that i alway teaching me somthing. I have thought about under water welding but ive had alot of problems with finding good fact full info about it also be trying to find some one that has done it to talk to to find out what it realy about.
i would realy be glad for any coment or sugestions thanks guys.
12-28-2008, 09:46 PM
Just thinking out loud here, nothing to base what I say on, however, underwater welding would be the least likely "OPEN" field I believe you could go for.
Perhaps expand your training in the fields you are already familiar in. If you are willing to locate that would be a big plus, if not look locally at what is being manufactured and what would be required in those areas.
Numerous open welder jobs are seen on Craigs list.
12-29-2008, 12:16 AM
Find a job you want, find out what they want from you and take the tests to get those certifications. There are just sooo many different ones out there.
12-29-2008, 01:13 AM
I am open to relacate any where. im looking for somthing thats going to chalenge me and push my skills to advance further. my instructer told me he wanted to see me get certifide in mild steel for right now. He sead for my test i will be doing vertical ups on 3/8 materal for stick and mig. i now theres alot fo different cetifcations out there. i guess what in looking for is somthing to start with or a bases to work off of. i eventaly want to start my own fab shop but that a long way of and gives me somthing to shoot for. i love fabing thing. Right now my schooling is free so im trying to take advantage of it as much as i can. I am a veteran so uncle sam it paying the bill right now. but allso time is runing out so im trying to realy get a move on.
Thanks for the respones hope to here more just realy lost and there so many different field to look at just trying to find out what they are and see what fits
12-29-2008, 06:10 AM
As the others have said, find what you are interested in. If you aren't on the miller forum then you should sign up and do a search this question comes up all the time and their archives should be full of answers.
AS to Underwater welding they had a segment on one of the dyi network shows last week the show was on welding. Go to the web site of the cable channel and search the subject.
The two things that I remember is there are two schools for it in the US they did one. The cost is a very good years salary.
You could try joining the navy, and get into the salvage diving and repair. But the chances for most to get what they are promised at sign up are slim and none:D
12-29-2008, 08:35 AM
One of the easiest fields to get into is heavy equipment welding and the pay is generally good. This can range from simple low skill wear component replacement to some highly skilled structural repairs and if you really set your goals high this can be some interesting work. The mining industry usually pays pretty well and in times of slow down due to equipment sitting idle it seems that "catch-up" maintenance is in big demand so when the economy is slow you may find yourself working overtime!
12-29-2008, 09:35 AM
Pipe welding. If you can make x-ray quality welds in pipe you can weld anything, any where you want to go. It is the best place to start from and many welders make a nice long career of just pipe welding. And then there are those of us who wish we could do quality pipe welding but can't so we we weld everything else from auto body to heavy equipment repairs.
12-29-2008, 12:40 PM
I started welding as a 15 year old dummass kid. Worked for a guy with backhoes and trucks. He showed me where the welder was...that was my training.
Did bush repairs for quite a few years then decided to "get real"...spent several years in school...then fell in love with pipe welding..both tig and stick.
All the training...striving for perfection...was all very fun and challenging.
Enter the real world. Welding big heavywall pipe sections and elements.
30" pipe with 5/8" wall.
Then went on to welding SS pipe with tig...often big pipe.
Moved on to welding hydro penstock...big stuff...7 foot in diameter...almost an inch thick. Each joint took 3 to 4 days to weld out.
I started to really hate pipe welding. One of the most boring bloody things I've ever done.
I am much happier working as a weldor/fabricator. There are far more jobs around if you have good fab skills.
Not every place has pipe to weld.
It all depends on you really. Your temperment.
Do you get bored easily?
A lot of welding jobs are very boring and take a special person to live with that.
I cannot do it. I need something different all the time or I turn into a pi$$ed off grizzly bear. My best advice...learn ALL the skills well. O/A cutting....more important than most think... Air arc gouging...lotta guys sukk at it. Learn to be a "Handy Guy"...the one who can take on almost anything and do well.
12-29-2008, 08:31 PM
Years back I had a friend that thought he was interested in underwater welding. He was allready a certified diver with a lot of experience in that area. He got a job as a welders helper on a pipe laying barge an traveled all over the world with that crew. He wound up going back to school at then TSTI in Waco Texas. He got a degree in some welding field. He decided that under water welding was too dangerous. He never pursued it. He spent a few years working for Zachary burning rods and eventually moved into more Inspection. Wound up in management welding quality control. He has made a goodly amount of money and had a good time travelling all over the world. What I would derive from observing him. Go to school get as much education and training as you can and make contacts there that will show you what is avaliable.
12-29-2008, 10:18 PM
Thanks alot for all the info guy it helped allot. I think im going to pass on under water welding. i want to be well rounded in welding and see what i can make of my self. i would like to more about welding pipe line. Im only 24 and very wet behind the ears. i want to be doing somthing that allway going to be teaching me somthing new. My only wory about school is that it a controled invirment and that not real world welding. i have learned that in most cases it not controled and there is no position but out of position.
but thanks alot guys if u have any more info for me i would realy love to hear it
12-30-2008, 10:40 AM
Good Tig welders are always in demand but it's also the hardest type to do, tight spots, difficult materials etc. Pays the best though.
12-30-2008, 11:51 AM
I'd go for something that requires the highest level of certification.
There are guys that can weld, guys that can weld well, and then guys that have certification that they can weld well. Pipe welders, for example, get paid very well because of their certifications. Get some paperwork for whatever you choose to show you are the best and you'll be paid at a much higher level.
I think pipe is great, because there is a huge amount of old pipe in the ground that is just corroding away and will all have to be repaired in the coming decades. As a general statement, the pipe welding business has been for the most part "new" installations. Assuming no growth, all that "old" pipe is going to be replaced or upgraded. Lots of work.
If you are up for a challenge, & don't mind laying in the mud, & working in all kinds of weather, Pipeline welding is for you. Now is the time to get started, several of the contractors I used to work for, have been calling & offering me way more money than they ever offered in the past, the demand for good pipeline welders is unbeleivable right now in western Pa. I have been welding pipeline for 27 years, & 11 years ago got on with a Union Gas Utility Company as a pipeline welder, if anything would happen there I would be back on the mainline gang in a heartbeat. There is new challanges daily, road crossings, river crossings, Ty-ins, figuring & cutting angles, its a great learning enviroment & the pay is better today then the ever !!! Seen alot of young guys try it & then quit because of the mud & fast pace.
2 Years ago I ran into a young laborer that said he wanted to be a pipeline welder, I told him of the downfalls, he said he still wanted to do it, I am self taught, other than the (4) old time welders that took me under there wing in 1982, I told the young man to go to Lincoln Welding School in Ohio & take there pipeline school, he did & came back & passed the test the first try (witch blew my mind) He has really become a good welder (with lots to learn)
Good Luck with your future !!! It hard work, but I have really enjoyed it & make a dang good living!!!