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Old June 25th, 2008, 07:40 PM   #1
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looking at going to delta school to persue my welding to turn it into a career. what kinda of pay scale could i be looking at and jobs in michigan from those that know or are welders for a living?
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Old June 25th, 2008, 07:42 PM   #2
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I weld for aliving. But im not a full time welder. Im a union Iron worker. Weld, strucual iron and bridges and lots of plant matinance. 24 an hour after the apprenticship.
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Old June 25th, 2008, 07:43 PM   #3
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i'm also interested in this....don't think i'd make it my career, but i need to learn, wouldn't hurt to do it on the side?
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Old June 25th, 2008, 08:04 PM   #4
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what is the fulltime job if you dont mind me asking fullsize4life? what kind of hours do you put in and what kind of benefits and yearly income should one expect?
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I hear underwater welding is the shit for making $$$$
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thought has crossed my mind. big into the water and what not so i figure what the hell may as well give it a try.
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x2 serious cash
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about 20 at merrill tool, i was thinking about trying to get in there but it wouldn't work with my football schedule.
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Weld on high pressure boilers and you will make quite a bit.
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a freind of the family's son does this. he pulls in some nice coin
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i'm also interested in this....don't think i'd make it my career, but i need to learn, wouldn't hurt to do it on the side?
do you have a welder? i can show you the basic's, just takes alot of practice and some patience at first
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Old June 25th, 2008, 10:53 PM   #12
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For an Ironworker 24. For a pipeline welder union wages are about 34. For High pressure and Boilermakers it's more.
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thank you shawn thats what i was looking for
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cousin went to Ferris for welding a LONg time ago went to work for DANA corp.. He was makingabout double what shawn posted.. i think he was into the 50-60 range.. im 99% sure on that so it could be different. My advice do your schooling then get out of Mi.. pay is A LOT better other states..
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do you have a welder? i can show you the basic's, just takes alot of practice and some patience at first
no, chris might get one soon though since his dad will buy any tool he needs :tonka:
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cousin went to Ferris for welding a LONg time ago went to work for DANA corp.. He was makingabout double what shawn posted.. i think he was into the 50-60 range.. im 99% sure on that so it could be different. My advice do your schooling then get out of Mi.. pay is A LOT better other states..


you know somethings that you say are a good advice. but others just make me shit here and wonder who the fukc this guy think he is. yo point out the obvious on so many occasions that im not sure on how nay one takes you serious since you jsut repeat what someone else says.
thanks on all the replys from previous posters on this topic. big help.
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I am going to the hobart institute, taking the 9 month structural/pipe program. I am going into pipelining when i get out, guys with their own trucks/welders are looking at 70+ an hour. The instructors are mostly CWI's and are really cool for the most part. i go to class at 8 am until 4pm, 5 days a week. its very fast paced, we take 2 aws standard tests a week. http://www.welding.org/index.html

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If i remeber right you start out at 60% of what a journeyman makes when you begin your apprentship. So like 14 bucks an hour to start, 5% raise every 6 months. 4 years till you get your JIW card. Work is spotty sometimes. I have worked 7 days a week and then not worked for 4 months. It all depends on the economy and who is doing and building what. I work in plants a lot like Dow and paper mills and shit like that. Im not rich but i do alright. Usually more than 40,000 a year. We have a retirement plan and Blue Corss Blue Shield insurance. Some vision and some dental. Our local union is out of Battle Creek, local 340
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For an Ironworker 24. For a pipeline welder union wages are about 34. For High pressure and Boilermakers it's more.
You are damn close for union pipe welders, but boilermakers scale is less in most states.
The problem with going to a welding school instead of an apprenticeship is respect. I worked with a guy that came out of Hobart with what was suppossed to be UA weld certs, he couldn't pass an on the job test to save his life. He eventually had to take a $10 an hour pay cut and re-train through our welding program.
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I try to hire "welders" at work to help us out. Usually its just extra cash for people, but we still need a full time welder/helper. I can't tell you how many welders we've gone through in the last 5 years....I can guess at around 40, in a one welder shop. Its a cross between people lying about their abilities, lying about how long they've been welding, lying about knowing anything related to welding, or simply drunk/drugs. Once in a while I get a good guy in, but its temporary while they are looking for another job and they always find work.

I could care less about what certs you have, where you went to school, etc... if you can take a few minutes and make a good weld and diagnose a weld problem, your hired. Book smart is not helpfull unless you can back it up with experience.

I can tell a dozen stories of guys that are "pressure vessel" welders, 20 years at Chrysler welding, I am certified to weld in nuclear plants, multi position certified, bla, bla, bla, that my boss hires that I wouldn't trust to repair a plant hanger.

My point: going to school is nice, but put the hours on the trigger, as much as you can with as many different metals and machines as you can.

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