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What is the hardest part about being a traveling welder?
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The traveling is the hardest part. Not because you’re away from your family mainly because your spending anywhere from a few hours or multiple days on the road trying to get to the next job. Here’s an example that I know happens to a lot of combo welders during shutdown season. They just finished a job on a Thursday from 2 weeks of 7/12s in New Mexico and they just got a call from a buddy that has a really good paying job looking for another hand but they’re testing in Louisiana on Friday ( some companies will have you take a weld test prior to showing up to the job site ) but the job site is in Pennsylvania and they have to be there Sunday to fill out paperwork to do orientation Monday. They’re now on the road heading to Louisiana with little to no sleep on major highways and more than likely won’t stop to rest because they’re chasing that next job. Not only do they have do all in a span of few days they also have to be ready to work another set of 7/12s when they get to the new job site. Lack of sleep and fatigue is truly the hardest part but the money and lifestyle make it worth it for me 👍👍
In my opinion, the hardest part of being a traveling welder is the inconsistency and the hours. You travel to the work and it’s often out of state. One day you might be in Texas and the next in Wyoming. When you are traveling you’ll be working about 12 hour days, and when it’s winter or 90 degrees in the summer, it can take a toll. However, you are well compensated for this. Most companies offer fantastic benefits. You also get per diem (funds to pay for whoever your staying), and it’s often more than the cost of where you’re staying, so it’s a bit of extra cash. And depending how good you are, you can make up to six figures. It’s great for when you’re single, but prepare to miss family time and battle the elements!
It can be rough driving across the country to get to another good paying job but if the pays good and you got the skills do it