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Found out today that I am have been hired at a local pipefitting/welding shop as a fabricator/fitter. I'm wondering if anyone on this site has any experience with this type of work that can tell me what I should expect and any other good tips or advice, I'd appreciate it.
i'm going to go ahead and guess that you're a younger guy. and that guys that work in that industry are quite rough around the edges with personality, attitude, tempers, and humor. so be a good "new guy" and take the jokes, the bitch work, and the shit they give you.
dont slack off. work hard, earn your credit. and put your time in. it will make a good name for you quick.
dont ever be late. in my industry, "early is on time, on time is late, and late, dont bother showing up."
if you went to school for it, dont act like you know everything, be humble. be willing to accept correction and learn something from a real world professional.
thats really advice for any job. but heed to it, and you'll be fine.
i worked at Fischer General Steel in ND for a while, i was 21 at the time and the youngest by at least 20 years.
A lot of the other workers had a genuine hatred for me right off the bat just because I was young and could do the same thing they've been doing for 40 years, (i don't recommend being a welder for your career) as if welding is something that takes several decades to master.
just roll with whatever happens and be overly respectful to the shitty people until they treat you decent.
pipe welders can make a lot more money than general fabricators, especially oilfield pipeline welders. I never welded pipe, but i know its a lot more difficult, so maybe in this case it takes more than a week to learn
to clarify, i don't recommend being your average 'dumb assembly line welder' as a career, but pipeline welding, on-site repair welding and other careers like that aren't nearly as bad, and can pay boatloads
Yeah starting salary is 21.50 after a 6 week training period, so thatll be nice. As far as the older guys bein docks, my welding class toured the shop on Monday, and everyone seemed to be pretty nice and had a positive attitude.
^ cubber I won't be on an assembly line but I will be fitting up assemblies to be shipped to different jobs