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How long should I expect to be away from home as a pipe welder?

I'm looking to become a pipe welder and I was wondering how much time I should expect to be working in a day and if I should be prepared to travel like most other oilfield jobs. #welder #pipe-welder #oilfield #westtexas #texas #welding #oil

Thank you comment icon If you are a rig welder doing pipe welding then yes you will need to do lots of traveling to various States. The amount of hours working would depend on the project as well as what the company is asking for as far as scheduling. Richard Echevarria

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Hassan’s Answer

I'd contact some pipe welding companies to ask them this questions. Also check job postings like https://www.indeed.com/q-Pipe-Welder-l-Texas-jobs.html?vjk=dae1cb8bf0ac8594 to see what travel those would require.

I would expect that you could be away for weeks or months during new pipeline construction. I'd assume it would be the same for new fields and rig setup. However, there maybe enough work in the fields near you to where you would just make day trips.

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Jacob’s Answer

I've worked with quite a few pipe welders, and they're gone quite a bit (very often out of state), at least a full week each time which is essentially every month, especially during the summers. In the field I was in, pipe welders could be guaranteed a ten-hour day, often working twelves or longer. You travel to the work, so you're never positive about where you'll be at, but in Texas, you'll be in a state quite a bit. But there are positives! The pay has been going up for the past 5-10 years because of the demand. The pay will be around 45k-75k a year, but you can work your absolute butt off and make closer to six figures. Companies will put you up in hotels on the trips and offer per diem. Do research on your company too! There are some companies that will offer full benefits with insurance, a great retirement, and the opportunity to move up. Don't expect easy money though. It's blue-collar for a reason. Best of luck!
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