Getting Started in Pipeline Welding
In the construction industry, welders have some of the most coveted jobs. This is because they can negotiate for better benefits and higher pay thanks to having a difficult skill that is in high demand. Welders who work on pipelines often have to travel and have higher risk; this is also a skill that is in very high demand and not a lot of welders tackle it. Because of this, pipeline welders make an even higher salary.
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One thing you have to keep in mind is that pipeline welding is a physically demanding job. It’s not something a couch potato will want to tackle! Make sure you include weights and cardio exercises in your workout regime to keep up your strength and stamina while you’re on the job.
Make sure you are a certified welder before you try to get a job welding on a pipeline. Some people think they can be hired and just receive on the job training; they then give up after learning they have to already be certified. Once you are certified, you can become a welder’s apprentice and get on-the-job training. You can ask around at local businesses to see if any welders might be willing to have an apprentice. If you can get some extra experience as an apprentice under your belt before you go and try to get a pipeline welding job you are much more likely to get the job. A year as an apprentice will really up your chances.
You need to have a professional resume that shows both your certification and your job experience. When you apply for a pipeline welding job, apply with several different companies. This gives you better chances at landing a job and possibly a better chance for one with better benefits. However, you should be prepared to take a lower-paying job at first. Once you get hired by a pipeline company and have your foot in the door, you will most likely be able to move up pretty quickly. You will always have to start at the bottom and work your way up when you are just starting.
You can always keep your ears open for new openings at other pipeline companies. There’s a chance that the current position you have could allow you to get a pipeline welder’s position without having to wait for it at the company you are currently at. However, company loyalty is still prized by management, and if you have a tendency to jump from company to company looking for better positions without staying long enough to work your way up, it can actually look bad on a resume and possibly hurt your career in the long run.
Pipeline Welding Resources
- You Do It: Welding (pbs.org)
- Welding and Pipelaying in Pipeline Construction (youtube.com)
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