Hello again I hope this article finds you without burnt eyes or some other welding trauma. You can prevent this by staying behind the welders lens. Today we are going to start our discussion about the anatomy of stick rod or arc welding with flux coated rods (electrodes).
Let’s say an older diesel Pipeliner uses a gallon an hour in average use. At $4.00 a gallon, that’s $48 a day. The same welder running gasoline would probably consume about 1.5 gallons an hour under the same conditions. 1.5 X 12 = 18 gallons at say $3.75 = $67.50. The difference is about $20 a day. Let’s say you’re running it 300 days a year, so 300 X $20 = $6,000. AND let’s say you’re going to run this welder four years, so that’s $24,000 difference.
Money is one of the main reasons everyone wants to weld pipe. Yeah it can pay very well but how will you be able to earn a pipe welder’s salary if you can’t weld pipe? The bottom line is a good pipe welder will make 100k plus a year. I know welders that are under 25 years old making 10k plus a month just because they can do something most other people can’t. The best part about Read more jobs is you don’t need a collage degree to make those figures. If you leave school early you will make good money but never great money!
When it comes to the actual pipe welding certification it really does not matter what code you are certified under. The bottom line is you need to have the skills to produce a quality pipe weld with both TIG and Stick welding. The reason for this is TIG welding is the best for weld quality but it is also the slowest when it comes to weld production. Stick welding is much faster but at the same time it is a lot harder to produce a high quality root pass. The end result is most companies and welding engineers choose TIG welding for the root and hot pass and then Stick welding to fill the remainder of the pipe. It all comes down to labor cost and producing a quality weld that is suitable enough for the service life span of the pipe.
Once you have certified 6G, and then practiced enough to make the video described above, put that video on You Tube, and every social page you can. Put it on your website with your written resume. Get a simple to say (over the phone) and easy to remember URL.
Now, you may not know anything else about anything in the world, but if you focus like a laser on welding stainless steel pipe with TIG, to the point where you get certified, you’ll be half way through the catch 22. Once you’re certified, you can apply to work for welding contractors who do food grade stainless.
At almost any age, the vast majority of us can gain a valuable skill which will at least provide a good income, IF (and it is a big if) we simply practice that skill with critical practice at the edge of our ability, for 300 to 500 hours. We can become world-class, at almost anything, with thousands of hours of practice.
You can go to a school if you can find one that will take you. You can also teach yourself pipe welding at home. Unlike so many other trades, pipe welding is an art like playing the guitar – your mind and hands must work closely together in a dance that makes it happen. The really cool aspect of pipe welding – you either can or you can’t do it. All the other baloney (like what classes did you or did you not take in college) does not matter. All you need is to be good at welding pipe.