Welding is not well understood by industry
Contrary to popular belief, it is a deep and complex industry. Far from the "Dinosaur", welding & # 39 is the glue that holds our world together. So, where jobs in welding? Since the shop class was closed in favor of computer & # 39; computer technology in many US schools are short 200,000 welders (if the economy is operating at the normal level).
Which welding are you doing?
Unemployment in North Dakota in March 2010 was 4.3% in the middle of the worst recession in history. Burger flippers were offered signing bonuses! Why? Because North Dakota has huge deposits of shale oil and technology, finally allowing it to be pumped out – it is profitable at $ 70 oil price per barrel. 6G pipe welders demand everywhere shale oil is pumped.
What is 6G Pipe Welder?
Welders are certified for the various provisions and processes. The most common position 1G (flat) through 6G, which from the & # 39 is an open root (air gap), a connection between two pieces of pipe (usually 6 "Schedule 40 steel). Test compound tubes mounted on a support in a fixed position of 45 degrees. Probably less than 5% of certified welders 6G «code welders». 6G welders get the most money for welding.
Which 6G Pipe Welder can earn?
Although wages dropped from the boom years, pipe welders with their own "rig" (welder truck) in Alberta, Canada, were on average $ 330,000 per year, according to the American Welding Society Bulletin October 2007 6G welders off -shore oil drilling make $ 100kA year now. Any good 6G welder in the pipeline or the oil industry – in the worst case makes $ 60,000 a year.
In the US, if you are well-6G, and are ready to travel, you are working
In the US, if you can master the skill of hand and eye, which is 6G welding, it does not matter if you can read and write. Why? welds pipes have to undergo X-ray inspection, because no one can see the inside of the weld. It does not matter how much education in the classroom you have – if you can not weld seams, which will be held X-ray, you're not a welder 6G. If you do not have a formal education, but you can go through the X-ray examination, Nothing Else Matters. All that matters is you «Own The Skill». It takes learning the basics 6G, and then it takes practice, practice, practice.
Nothing worth having is easy
Nevertheless, there are real short cuts to become a welder 6G. Not everyone can do it. About 70% of the existing structural welders are able to learn. Probably 50% of the general population has a natural ability of the eye and hand to perform 6G.