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What’s the hardest part about being a pipeline welder

I would like to be a welder after I get out of high school, I would like to be a pipeline welder.#welder

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Daniel’s Answer

The hardest part of being a welder is staying sharp if you have some down time when you aren't welding every day. It's easy to get out of practice and fumble a weld test because you didn't keep up with your ability. For myself, the culture was the most difficult part of being a welder.
Different work environments have their own character and the guys that run the shop are gruff, rough and tumble, foul mouthed and hard headed. Also very resistant to any changes to whatever routine they think keeps them in charge of the shop. It makes getting help a pain because the attitude is that they gave you a job now you have to perform. Which is fine but then come the standards you have to meet or exceed before you are released to do your job. And if you're learning a new process, I wish you the best of luck to learn a totally new welding process without needing some outside assistance that they won't provide because "you should already know it."
Do yourself a favor and stay in classes as long as possible and stack those certificates so you know that you've done the work and can be a proud welder with papers to prove you abilities.
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Missy’s Answer

The hardest part is proving yourself every single time you hire on to a new contractor and every single time you make a weld.

There is no one else in the industry that is tested like the welders.

You must take a test before you can even get the job.

Thereafter, every one of your welds are shot by XRAY to ensure their quality.

If you have 3 mistakes then they will fire you.

This is the absolute hardest part!
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Jon( Ponytail)’s Answer

Look up Pipeline Local 798 out of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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