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    Hey guys, new to the forum, and fairly new to the trade. Im 24, live in the Boston area, and been welding in the workforce about 2 1/2 years now MIG/TIG. How important is finishing welding school vs. Experience ? & im currently working in a precision sheet metal fab shop tig welding and was thinking about this area of the trade long term... how does sheet metal tig stack up to other welding trades? Advice for a noob? I appreciate any advice thanks!

    All my friends want to wear suits and sit behind a computer for the rest of their lives... i dont see myself anywhere but behind my Miller Elite!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbskateboards View Post
    Hey guys, new to the forum, and fairly new to the trade. Im 24, live in the Boston area, and been welding in the workforce about 2 1/2 years now MIG/TIG. How important is finishing welding school vs. Experience ? & im currently working in a precision sheet metal fab shop tig welding and was thinking about this area of the trade long term... how does sheet metal tig stack up to other welding trades? Advice for a noob? I appreciate any advice thanks!

    All my friends want to wear suits and sit behind a computer for the rest of their lives... i dont see myself anywhere but behind my Miller Elite!
    Started in sheet metal myself mig and tig. Also spent two years college in welding technology major. Technical math blueprint reading and metalurgy was essential to advancing my career.

    There is a huge shortage of skilled weldors in the aerospace field, and it wil only get worse. But you have to push yourself. If your employer does not have an AWS D17.1 aerospace weldor certifcation program, then buy yourself a Diversion180 and test at home. I have used Durkee Test Labs in the past for mine. Just make sure the facility is Nadcap approved. Or enroll at a community college that offers it and do it there. Keep the paperwork to copy and attach to your resume.

    I now own my own shop and carry several qualifications as well as most of my best weldors. I only see my shop getting busier in the coming years.
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    first let me tell you that i'm an old bruins fan.
    i'm from nova scota
    i know the feeling being in an office. i'm a hands on guy and love that .
    go to a trade school and learn from the best ,who know the industry.
    think of the cost for a course as an investment in you life?
    learn ,and read ,learn and read some more. there is no end to learning.
    it takes time,but if you want it ,you can get it. i can't tell you about jobs in the usa,but i can tell you that in western canada there is a huge shorage of skilled welders.people work there from all over the word. if you are skilled,you can make big money.not a prolem ,most of the construction companys are american as well. now that your not far from nova scotia ,there is a ship yard in nova scotia that just received a contract to re- build the navy fleet.($billions)
    just for information,the cwb and the aws, welding tickets are transferable to the usa and to canada. also in nova scotia ,we learn high pressure pipe ,following the same code a.s.m.e . this is normal across two countries. go for it.
    well there is some info.for you.

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