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    Default Graduating trade school in a month!

    First off, I'm new. Hi. 37 years old, maryland, starving artist who got sick of starving.Anyway, I have a question about new welders in the work place. What's your experience with how they are treated?

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    Welcome to the forum.

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    it all depends on the co workers. but one thing for sure they won't trust your welding until you prove yourself . just don't go in there and act like your the cats meow. even if you was the top guy in your class your the newest guy in their shop.keep your mouth shut and listen and watch then slowly start to speak up.the main thing i always hated about a new guy fresh out of votec was he thought he knew everything and bragged about how good he was at welding in the class room but when it came to real world welding it ate his lunch. listen watch and learn.

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    Default new welder

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    The treatment you receive as the new guy usually depends on your attitude.
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    Quote Originally Posted by M J Mauer View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommy2069 View Post
    it all depends on the co workers. but one thing for sure they won't trust your welding until you prove yourself . just don't go in there and act like your the cats meow. even if you was the top guy in your class your the newest guy in their shop.keep your mouth shut and listen and watch then slowly start to speak up.the main thing i always hated about a new guy fresh out of votec was he thought he knew everything and bragged about how good he was at welding in the class room but when it came to real world welding it ate his lunch. listen watch and learn.
    No problem with that... In my experience, most training, while accurate in practical terms, still has a few degrees of separation from what a job is actually like. I'll be very open and interested to learn all of those little differences. The way I see it, school is a manner of making myself marketable enough to get a foot in the door. On the job is where the real meat of the learning begins. I'm more concerned with impressing someone who pays ME, rather than the other way around. Thanks for the reply!

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    I am assuming you researched the job market for welders in your area before signing up for classes? Are you headed for a production line job, a welding and fabrication shop or what? I am also assuming you know that your going to get your hands dirty, being an artist is a nice cushy job, being in a welding shop is not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wmgeorge View Post
    I am assuming you researched the job market for welders in your area before signing up for classes? Are you headed for a production line job, a welding and fabrication shop or what? I am also assuming you know that your going to get your hands dirty, being an artist is a nice cushy job, being in a welding shop is not.
    You're not implying that I'm a stupid pansy are you? Nahh of course you aren't.The job I'm going for is a traveling job. I've been getting plenty dirty and burnt up for a year now.Thanks for the reply. I guess.

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    The treatment you receive as the new guy usually depends on your attitude.
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