I went to VoTech school while in high school. my welding jobs were varied, starting as a helper on a natural gas pipeline, then welding on the pipeline. After that I was a production line welder for Theuer and Fruehauf. I went into the Navy in '84, not as a HT, but as a Boiler Tech. I have been a civilian marine engineer since 1992, and I weld on many different things onboard ship.