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Welder: What I do and how much I make

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my name is Neil I am 32 I work as a welder and my annual salary is between seventeen ninety thousand dollars a year I work for a medium-sized industrial contractor that is based on the west coast but we do or they may have done jobs i throughout the country and also like internationally when you get to work every day the first the first thing a welder does you go to your job area because usually they remove these are really big sites you know we worked in mines that are 45 miles long so you have to get to your job area and then you have to get the welding machine ready and if the lay of your leads you have to get the tools which you know you can be working with I beams are piped away up to you know several thousand pounds each so you probably have to get a forklift or a crane to get the metal to where it needs to be to where you can weld it and then you weld it and you're using a lot of grinders and hand tools to prep the metal for welding it can take up to like a couple hours to get set up to do a weld I've had welds that the weld itself took 15 minutes to complete and I do wait three days to do it because we had to wait for a crane to come to lift off a piece of machinery so we could access the pipe and then once we accessed it waiting at safety to come over and check to make sure we were doing it right and then the mill had to come and say Oh everything looks good around here and then by that time the crane move so we couldn't pick it up and oh my god that's the one thing about being a builders that you your job is gonna is gonna entail a lot of waiting but it is your job to be ready to go when the time is right so you need to always have your little bucket with your hood and your rod and everything you need right then when they have gotten everything ready for the world you need to be ready to do it the field of welding is very large there's many different kinds of things you can doing it kind of subfield that I've chosen industrial feel they're the biggest projects the dirtiest that you're gonna be like away from home the longest I'm rarely in the day where I don't need to take a shower and wash my clothes like you're gonna be getting dirty you're gonna be working hard it's a trade that is pretty hard on the body if they've done a lot in recent years to make sure that you know you can work your entire working not have any kind of serious health issues but it's still hard your body like my knees for the end of the day and we get little cuts and scrapes on your hands and that's that's just part of it so it's not really for somebody who's not willing to get dirty and find get things done if I have days where I look at I look at the health day and in my phone I walk like 12 miles in it there's lots of walking around there's lots of like getting in a cramped little position lying down on I mean you know 35 feet in the air trying to find some stuff a little bolt that's in your way or usually the worst days on the job for me because we work outside for the most part are just when there's bad weather if we're running six weeks six weeks behind a little bit of rain is not gonna keep us from working we're working in the rain where we've worked in the snow I've worked in 105 degree weather which is not very fun when you're a welder because it's hot the best days are usually where you get to like really like excel in your skill world I'm like I'm a pie polaron I made some like cool pipes today and you look at them and you're like that was point everything is very strength they run where they need to like they look good the welds look good they all past x-ray everybody who walks by and knows a little bit is me like Oh guys go around and stuff really really know you can you can walk by something and look at it and tell it somebody did a good job at it and even if it's you know a pipe that's under a huge piece of equipment that nobody really looks in it when somebody pulls out the graining channeling repair the bottom of whatever it is they're gonna look at it they're gonna be like somebody did a good job here
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