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Self taught jack of all trades.....master of none. I am a self taught welder/fabricator primamrily. I went to a votech after having been a welder for a couple years just to see if I could learn something. I mostly repair construction/mining equipment as well as fabricate structural steal for NYC tunnels. Job is very diverse.....can be stick welding teeth on a bucket in a hole or TIG welding cast aluminum repairs in the shop.....currently I happen to be rebuilding the apron on a Sandvik Roadheader(google it). I am also a mechanic and machinist(somewhat). I do TIG, MIG, plasma, machining and powdercoating at home for extra loot. I got into welding via my love for lowrider minitrucks......cut em apart and weld em back together....
Another computer guy that likes to burn metal......:<)
Retired Electrical Engineer, primary career was as a product development engineer and manager for a (the) large computer company, communications systems products division.
Watched my Dad (a self taught welder, not his primary work) building stuff when I was a kid.. we grew up kind of poor and many times the only way to get something we needed (rural, semi agricultural environment) was for him to build it..
That inspired me to buy my first AC buzz box welder back in 1979, learn to weld by reading some good books on the subject and go burn some metal...building things I wanted/needed.
Did all the welding on a 67 Bronco a friend of mine built for rock crawling, and outfitting my own 4x4. Have done some welding for hire for a few people, by word of mouth referral, situations I know..
In a job after main career worked for a small company that installs emergency power systems (including some huge, heavy battery banks) for a number of large companies, universities, and hospitals.
Was a fun job that used EE skills to design systems we installed, but at the same time, outfitted a nice welding shop at the business (MIG,Plasma, the usual stuff) I then used the welding and fabrication skills to build some very unusual specialized (powered jack screw lifts, custom A frames to fit in tight locations, battery transport equipment, gantry lift inside a trailer, overhead winch powered lift for loading heavy equipment in an enclosed pickup truck bed. All this was used in removing and installing large battery systems, power boards in a number of locations that had very difficult access.. steps, un-moveable equipment in the way, etc.
Biggest of all the jobs we did was remove 38,000lbs of wet, potentially spillable lead acid batteries (each weighing 600lbs) and replaced with new sealed AGM batteries.
Hobby Welder for about 32 years
Hobart 190 MIG with SpoolGun
Hobart AirForce 700i Plasma Cutter
Hornell Speedglas 9000X Helmet
295A AC Buzzbox (what I learned on)
Miller Bobcat 225, factory propane option, also serves as my emergency power generator Dandeman's Toy Page
I work as a unit supervisor for a multinational fertilizer company. That means I get the blame when something goes wrong and none of the glory when it goes right. I weld for stress relief. I was taught by Dad, who welded pipelines, potable water delivery systems, and ANYTHING else made of metal.
I am union boilermaker by trade local 455 i started welding at age 11 in school then last 3 years of highschool i went to techschool and also took welding went to state all 3 years for VICA , after finishing highschool i went straight to work for the army core of engineers as a welder then 1 year later was accepted to the international brotherhood of boilermakers apprenticeship, on a side note I have CPW (certified pressure welder)papers on MIG duo shield and flux core for carbon and stainless in the SMAW and GTAW I have super heavy wall carbon papers and unlimited wall stainless steel as well as inconel and hasteolly.
Stay-at-home dad...needed something small welded about 7 yrs ago and took it to a local place, which IMO charged me way too much...again needed something welded 6 months later so I bought a welder, did some research and did it myself.Been screw'in around ever since make'in whatever and fix'in whatever for myself, friends and family...started night school in Sept to learn TIG and Stick and improve my MIG...making exhausts and backrests for motorcycles and 1 1/2' statues for friends and family
Multimatic 200 w/ Tig kit & Spoolgun
Accumulating as I go
Retired Army officer (Aviation Branch) and retired corporate bizjet pilot. Now that I am retired, I have had time to go to school to learn how to stick, MIG and TIG weld (well somewhat, anyway...my welds are pretty strong, but not as pretty as some...especially the TIG!!). Mostly I wanted to learn to do it so I can MAKE MY OWN stuff...the way I want it, when I want it and NOT pay someone a fortune to do it and then I don't get the satisfaction of having done it myself. Seems like there is ALWAYS something that needs fixed or made around here.....! I also learned how to do some machine work and now can I fix/make things with my saws, lathes and drill presses....REALLY WANT a milling machine, but don't have the bucks!! Seems like if a guy can weld and use a lathe and a milling machine, just about anything can be made!!
Never pick a fight with an old guy. Old guys are too smart to fight and get hurt. They'll just kill you and get it over with.
Worked in a cotton mill most all my life until the jobs went away.
Two years Air Force and 10 yrs Air National Guard.
Took a year of welding at a Tech Collage in the mid 80's, stick only. Learned to Tig at a buds prop shop for longer than I can remember. Almost 30 years later I finally tried Mig. Had to buy my own machine to do so and glad I did.
Just one little welding job a week can keep me happy. If I don't weld something every week, some sort of anxiety and depression starts to set in. Even tho most jobs I get are a pain in the azzzz.
There must be some kind of (Nobody else wants it list) so they bring it to me. But I like to get those who say they have been told it can't be welded.