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  1. #51
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Edmonton, Alberta


    Currently I am welding for a Military Contractor. We do repair and retrofit on LAVs and fabricate new parts for LAVs. The processes are very precise and there is lots of training involved. I did 6 weeks of training with MIG when I started this job.

    My apprenticeship consisted of 2.5 years in a rinky dink fab shop, and a year and a half working various Boilermaker Union jobs. I have my CWB (Canadian Welding Bureau) Cert. for structural and my B-Pressure ticket for pipe. I'm looking at getting into inspection later this year.

    "When the wise old rooster crows, the smart young rooster listens."

  2. #52
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    asheville n.c.


    My name says it. Also operate a variety of cranes. Have a 301tb and a 302tb extreme 12vs suitcase two ln25 suitcases and a powcon suitcase. 2 sets of torches and i look for other work

  3. #53
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Western Colorado


    im a fifth year union apprentice pipefitter/welder out of western colorado. also a licensed plumber. started welding in the second year of my apprenticeship but only sporadically. finally started taking it serious two years ago when i realized how much i enjoyed it. not to mention where it can take me in life. now i spend all my spare time when i'm not workin down at the hall learning somethin new. its finally paid off. got myself three stick certs and 2 tig certs and hopefully another tig out one here if it shoots. finally get the opportunity to go out in the real world and really learn how to weld. on the job and not in a test booth

  4. #54
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Las Vegas Nevada


    I do instrumentation and process control. Just hired on at a new sewage treatment plant that seems to be a pretty exciting opportunity.

    An old Brit once told me "where there's muck there's brass". Think that's gonna be my new screensaver

    My TIG machine is to support my racing habit.......
    Miller Diversion 165
    1966 Bridgeport Mill
    Leblond 15x 35 Regal Servoshift lathe
    Solberga SE 1425 Drill Press
    Bigass Bandsaw
    Hydraulic press
    small surface grinder
    Belt sander
    Tons of grinders and hand tools
    Knife edge Balancing rollers
    Heat and AC in the garage

    Jags and racing Triumphs

  5. #55
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Belgrade, MT

    Default Plays in the dirt

    I am a landscaper in Southwest Montana, Big Sky country. I do everything from plant tree's and shrubs to build flagstone and paver patio's. Irrigation, steel edging, bolder retaining walls, skid loaders, excavators, sod, the list goes on and on. In the winter the company sells Christmas tree's, and we do some shop work, repairs, fabrication and such. I also Pastor a church that I started 3 years ago, I do stay a bit busy. I have been bit by the welding bug hard this last winter, and any welding I do is either at the shop (very little) or for my own personal enjoyment hobby and relaxiation. I plan on buying my first welder in about 2 or 3 months.

  6. #56

    Default My job

    I am a 23-year IBEW electrician. Mostly on large commercial/industrial/powerhouse/nuke jobs. I am working towards getting my journeyman welding classification to give myself more job opportunities. I am currently taking instruction at a technical college. I really enjoy the challenge and I am looking forward to learning everything I can. This site has been very helpful in achieving that goal. Thanks all.

  7. #57
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    The GREAT State of Texas!

    Default Retired and enjoying every **** minute of it

    I spent 8yrs, 2 mos, 16 days in the Navy - then 34 years in the medical device field. Started in field service, then sales and marketing and then a staff position. I was bored so I decide to retire and have some fun.

    The economy slowed me down a little because of the market but I still have enough to live comfortably, I hope.

    I moved back to Texas, built a retirement home with an 1800 square foot garage - there is room for a lift and my toys, this is where I spend most of my time. I do a little wood working, a little automobile transformation - currently putting a Ford 5.0L V8 in a little '99 Miata. Then I do some hobby welding. I started with Oxy welding years ago, 50 or so.... I bought a Lincoln Mig a few years ago and then recently a New Miller Syncro 200 and I am learning to Tig. I am going to start a class at local JC June 7th - in the mean time I have gone thru 2 tanks of gas and many tungsten electrodes, contaminated a few while dipping.

    I have always admired a good looking weld and those that could produce them. I remember making a set of headers for an engine swap when I was about 18 years old. They were not purdy but they worked and didn't leak that bad either. This is how I remember them anyway.

    Excuse me - I have to get back to my "Honey-dos" now!

  8. #58
    Join Date
    May 2011


    I've been a software engineer for 25 years (currently at Apple). A few years ago I got bitten by the homebrew CNC bug and have been building NC milling machines at home since.

    Homebrew CNC machines never seem strong enough, so I decided my next machine's table needs to be made of steel.

    So, I've now got a Diversion 180 TIG and am having a blast learning how to use it. TIG seemed to be the right process for me, since I'm pretty good at fine pitch soldering and I like the slower, more controlled pace.

    Back to the garage for more practice!

  9. #59
    Join Date
    May 2011
    San Leon,Tx


    i run a mobile welding and repair service as well as consulting .but due to the economy i've had to relocate from az to tx to make a go at it here i like it here much better great people and better weather
    my welding was self taught and by reading and watching others
    i took a welding class through the union and it was ok but i spent most of my time teaching others
    someone please tell me I'm wrong

  10. #60
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Goochland, Va


    Systems Architect (Engineer for large computer systems).

    I learned to weld because I couldn't bear to pay someone a fortune to come out and make repairs to my skid steer, trailer and truck. Welding helps keep me from going insane with the stupidity I encounter at work.

    Started with OA, got an AC/DC stick welder this year and love it. Have repaired mowers, a cement mixer, made steel security doors, plant hangers, repaired heavy equipment trailer and built tractor implements.

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