Question 1: The hustle and bustle of construction sites and shops typically kick off early, so brace yourself to rise and shine between 6 - 7 am. After a safety briefing, gear up for a day of earnest work, punctuated by a brief lunch. Your tasks might include deciphering engineering drawings (also known as blueprints to some), gauging materials with a tape measure, cutting plates and pipes with a cutting torch, and using a grinder to prep pieces before welding. The day continues with welding, tidying up finished welds, and scrutinizing your work to ensure top-notch quality and aesthetics.
Question 2: A "Project" can be a small task that wraps up in a day or two, or it can be a substantial undertaking that spans months or even years. The most rewarding construction projects, such as a refinery unit, usually extend over a longer period, offering a steady income and job security. For these benefits, many welders and pipefitters prefer to work in a shop environment for a manufacturer. Though the hourly wage may sometimes be lower, the consistent work (at the same location every day) provides a sense of job security.
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The amount of time spent on a project really depends on the project. I've worked on a project for weeks and I've done quick little projects that take an hour or two. Hope this helps, good luck.