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Old December 8th, 2009, 05:44 PM   #1
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pipe welding in alaska

i am thinking about going to alaska to do some welding. i was just wondering if anyone on here has any friends that have done it or have done it themselves. i would like to get away from michigan for a bit and try something new. i can pass their test and all that. i dont do oilfield work but i do refrigeration which uses all the same standards.
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Old December 8th, 2009, 05:58 PM   #2
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i am thinking about going to alaska to do some welding. i was just wondering if anyone on here has any friends that have done it or have done it themselves. i would like to get away from michigan for a bit and try something new. i can pass their test and all that. i dont do oilfield work but i do refrigeration which uses all the same standards.
Is it still booming? I guess I'd say make sure you have a job before you go, because I thought the job market up there had been stagnant.
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Old December 8th, 2009, 05:59 PM   #3
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You ever been there?
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Old December 8th, 2009, 06:04 PM   #4
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Old December 8th, 2009, 06:10 PM   #5
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for pipewelders it is booming from what i hear. a friend of a friend just got back from up there and made 80 grand as a fitter in a year. he said they are looking for pipe welders. i am just trying to find some more contacts. from what i was told the big pipeline project is going to start in 2012 if the world doesnt end but there is a ton of repairs and such going on right now. i have found job openings making around 90 grand a year but if i am going to go up there i would like to be making a little more than that especially if a fitter is making 80.
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Old December 8th, 2009, 06:12 PM   #6
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You ever been there?
no but i would love to go. i just dont know if i would come back
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Old December 8th, 2009, 06:46 PM   #7
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Cost of living is $$$ and now it is winter and real cold, just a warm jacket will not do.
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Old December 8th, 2009, 06:47 PM   #8
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Old December 8th, 2009, 07:00 PM   #9
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and now it is winter and real cold, just a warm jacket will not do.

Really? I think he'd be ok in a members only jacket and sweat pants
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Old December 8th, 2009, 07:01 PM   #10
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My uncle lives and works up there, he is the piping inspector for BP. He hates it up there because it is cold as hell up there.
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Old December 8th, 2009, 07:01 PM   #11
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I'm planning on moving to Alaska when I graduate.
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Old December 8th, 2009, 07:07 PM   #12
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Find a local tundra cow to sleep with at night to stay warm, as an added bonus it will bring shade in the summer.
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Old December 8th, 2009, 07:21 PM   #13
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Do lots of research prior to going. Think part of the problem will be, no one will guarantee a job until you have an established residence there. And some places won't rent you a place to live until you have a job.

You won't be driving there this time of year, so you are going to have to figure out transportation. Then housing, a job, etc. Need way warmer clothing then here to work the pipeline.

Keep in mind, the state is twice the size of Texas, and has less roads then most of the states. It is dark for almost 24 hours a day in the winter, and very expensive to live there. So traveling to work is a bit of a hassle.

But the couple people I know who live there wouldn't trade it for the world. I have visited twice and will be back for sure again.

Good luck, hope it works out if that is what you want to do. Just don't think you are going to go there and be the top $ maker with zero pipe experience. Most likely you will just get a great experience.
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Old December 8th, 2009, 07:25 PM   #14
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Old December 8th, 2009, 08:38 PM   #15
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my son is up there teaching in the Bering St. school system. He said it was -20 2 weeks ago!! He loves being up there though.
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Old December 9th, 2009, 06:19 AM   #16
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Check out weldingweb.com

There are at least a couple guys on there from Alaska.
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Old December 9th, 2009, 12:19 PM   #17
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You won't be driving there this time of year, so you are going to have to figure out transportation.
The AL/CAN highway is open year-round. Just can't make as much time as you can in the summer-time. I drove up when I was stationed in Anchorage for a few years. Drove up in Jan. and came back in Dec. a few years later. I loved it there, but it sure will be cold working outside full time!

Most of the creeks down by Anchorage are glacial run-off so they're still cold-as-hell when you're wheeling in July!
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Old December 9th, 2009, 12:36 PM   #18
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Oh and don't forget about vampires.

now that's a real vampire. Not one of those sissified "sparkly" vampires
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Old December 9th, 2009, 12:42 PM   #19
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The guy who bought my old backhoe was retiring from there at the time. he was building a house in South Haven because the weather is so much nicer.
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Old December 9th, 2009, 03:47 PM   #20
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a friends son worked up there with a hunting guide for a season, and was telling me about some of the job opportunites in the oil fields..sounded like a good deal, but I hate the cold here, so I know I wouldnt like it there at all, regardless of the pay.
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