That might seem like a reasonable question to someone outside of the welding world. But to someone who has been taking welding certification tests for 30 years, It is a loaded question… Loaded, because the answer is always long and drawn out and the person asking the question always glazes over before I am done.
Anything worth having requires focused work. What do you think a heart surgeon concentrated on learning while in school? That’s right, heart surgery. Focus on the one thing that will make you money and burn it up like a laser beam! OTS! “Own The Skill!” Be careful NOT to waste time, money and effort on things which will not ever make you money, or which will make you very little money! DO what others are unwilling to put out the effort to master.
Like the almost 40-year-old Rock and Roll song says, you gotta roll – MAKE IT HAPPEN for you! Now, it may take 40 to 120 practice joints for you to be decent at Click to know. Hey, that’s why it pays the big bucks. Pipe welders in North Dakota are making $10k to $14,000 a month.
Another pay factor which is part of the total equation is per diem – money for staying on or near the job, far from home. Still another factor that makes up the big numbers is the amount of hours worked. A welder can be on a job working twelve hours a day, seven days a week, for as much as sixty days straight.
The best way to not be nervous is to be practiced up for the test. If you called the super beforehand and have practiced the exact test you will be taking, your chances of passing are much better and your brain will know it.
Why not Minot, (North Dakota)? You’ll find out. Just be sure you take every warm piece of clothing you ever got in your life (and ask your mom for your baby blanket back too). Why? because you’ll be putting it all on at one time. Temperatures can be 40 degrees Fahrenheit, BELOW zero. North Dakota isn’t the only place there is work or will soon be work. The big pipeline from Canada to Texas will start up soon, and you are likely to see demand for pipe welders explode.
Wages have gone down during the slow down. Not that long ago a “rig welder” (a welder with a welding machine on a truck) in Alberta, Canada would average $330,000 a year, but times are hard, so it is roughly half that much now. Off-shore oil rigs employing 6G welders are paying about $100k a year right now.
Heat, travel speed, and rod angle are the 3 most important factors when welding with stick rod. I said heat, travel speed, and rod One thing that does not usually hurt the stick rod category is wind. It has to really be blowing in order to hurt the fast freeze series of welding rods. Some of the rods I mentioned earlier are AC rods and some of them are DC rods. Keep that in mind when choosing your rod. I have another article coming on that. Well that’s all the time on this article. Thanks from the author.