i work as a software support at a defense contractor. i make about 3 or 4 times as much as I could as a welder, but I want to learn it to shore up my skills. I dont expect to work here forever, im a contractor....but once im out of this field i dont expect to come back. i spent 10 years as a draftsman for an OEM manufacturer and i miss working closely with shop processes to create things. I see a value add to that. I remember pulling my hair out trying to make a design (this was on a 2D cad system....i now support high end 3D systems that have complete welding packages in them) that would satisfy customer requirements AND be capable of being built with a minimum of effort. I was amazed at some of the quality work the welders did....they could make stainless steel structural supports so smooth it looked like it was CNC machined.
after doing that I went to work for a series of IBM business partners supporting and teaching the software at various aerospace manufacturers....Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, Northrop-Grumman, Bell Helicopter, Sikorsky aircraft, Ingalls Shipyards....but always from an educational and support standpoint. i miss creating things
Ive learned enough blueprint reading, GD&T and other industry practices from the design standpoint and now i am seeing how it is implemented on the manufacturing side.
im starting out all over again
....and to think about how we welded on the job way back when. to clarify, i was doing maintenance for an apartment complex and was making steel railings, balconies and stairs for refurbishing. it wasnt anywhere close to strict manufacturing quality. when i read about safety and preparation i am horrified at what we did!
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Thread: I havent welded since 1984
09-26-2013, 10:04 AM #10Junior Member
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