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    Default Welding Career?

    Hello, I need some advice/answers from career welders out there. I'm currently working in IT and I'm bored out of my mind and I'm considering moving into the welding career. The company I work for employs welders. Any advice on learning/certification and is it possible to make a good starting pay? Thanks!

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    Join Date
    Jan 2013

    Default Welding Career?

    I assume you never welded before...if so that's a good bad habits...find a mentor or somebody to teach you the right way to do things(welding processes)

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    Dec 2007


    Here are my thoughts prefaced with a few questions.

    1 - What type of IT work are you presently doing?
    Network and firewall maintenance, updating software, or other.
    A little info would be helpful here.

    2 - Do you know what the welders in your company earn as a basis of comparison?

    If possible, I would speak with your company welders and ask what type of welding their work involves.

    If you can find a mentor or a local technical school which offers evening classes in welding, this may be an option to try before you decide.

    Any job can become routine and boring - look at all the recent mess with the White House Secret Service agents.
    Thermal Arc GTSW400, Airco Heliwelder II, Miller Dynasty 350, Hypertherm 1000, oxy-fuel setup, metal cutting bandsaw, air compressor, drill press, etc.:

    Call me the "Clouseau" of welding !

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    Join Date
    Sep 2006


    You will probably be really good at welding. After all it is following the same path mechanics and machinist trades are leading us down. The welders ten years from now will be watching welding robots do the work the same way machinists watch CNC machines do their work now.

    I have an a/c issue with my 2003 C5500 and so the other day I spent most of the day in a waiting room while some mechanics tried to figure it out. After quitting time the owner of the shop took me back to the truck and apologized for not having his number one guy look at it until just now. The other guys did the old school problem solving and had as much luck as myself. The number one guy was an old dude but he had this trick laptop. He explained and demonstrated using the lap top to put the a/c unit through it's cycles by overriding this thing and the other. He estimated it would take him a half day to make it work like it should.

    The biggest thing we have to deal with on everything is change. There's no reason to believe welding will be any different. Your expertise in IT might make you a better welder than the guy with Associates Degree in metal work.

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