HOW TO BECOME A RIG WELDER

by BIG JOHN
(BAKERSFIELD CA)

OK THIS IS MY CONCERN ...

I HAVE BEEN WELDING FOR 10 YEARS... JUST GOT LAID OFF AND FIGURE I PUT MY RIG TOGETHER.

ALL MY WORK HAS BEEN IN SHOPS THAT DONT REALLY REQUIRE CERTS... BUT I HAVE HAD THEM SINCE I BECAME A WELDER.

NOW THAT IM DOING MY OWN THING WITH MY RIG SOME CONTRACTORS TELL ME "YOU DONT HAVE THE EXPERIENCE"

I TELL THEM GIVE ME A TEST AND I WILL BUST IT OUT (PASS IT) AND THE REPLY IS NO I SHOULD GO TRY ANOTHER COMPANY.

I KNOW I HAVE THE EXPERIENCE... SOMETIMES ITS HARD TO KEEP GOING.

JUST WONDERING IF ANYONE OUT THERE HAS EVER BEEN THROUGH THIS OR IS IT JUST ME?

BECAUSE I PRACTICE MY AS OFTEN AS I CAN TO KEEP FRESH ON MY SKILLS AND I KNOW WHAT I CAN DO.

IF NOT I WOULDNT EVEN BOTHER...


OR ARE THEY JUST BEING PRICKS?!


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good post big john, anyone rig welders out there wanna weigh in on this?

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Aug 04, 2014
New rig welder NEW
by: Weldo 68

Keep trying someone will let you get your foot in the door. Find out what certs they require make sure you have them current. Find out how much liability insurence they require. Once you get your foot in the door take pride in you wor but dont be prideful. That has carried me for a bunch of years ive been doing it for 20 +. Good luck

Aug 03, 2014
Been changing jobs for 30 years NEW
by: Anonymous

Been a truck driver, Mechanic, Drove a loader,Fork lift, worked in a gin, ran a seed mill, Managed an auto parts store for 5 years now own a Smog shop about 60 miles North of you.Tell you what man the only person that can tell you, you can't do something is YOU. Every time you start at the bottom of a profession you get bitter old know it all's that spend more time discouraging you and painting a worse picture than exists. Every one had there first job. Every one had there first year and every one that sticks with it will get where they want. The only failure is giving up.

Aug 02, 2014
belridge CA NEW
by: clay hall

Were areyou applying. Belridge oil fields will find you a job. About 15 large contractors here. If you can burn 6010 on pipe and get 40 inches a day you'll be able to fly, 45 to 65 an hour w/ no sub pay. They hire local only here.

Aug 02, 2014
belridge CA NEW
by: clay hall

Were areyou applying. Belridge oil fields will find you a job. About 15 large contractors here. If you can burn 6010 on pipe and get 40 inches a day you'll be able to fly, 45 to 65 an hour w/ no sub pay. They hire local only here.

Jul 11, 2014
UNION NEW
by: Anonymous

The union is the only reason "non-union wages" are what they are. If it wasn't for the union non-union workers would not have the pay they have today nor have their weekends nor their holidays. The union is a good thing. And to the guy that said unions have the power houses, why do you think they have the power houses??? It's because EVERYONE is dependent on what power house puts out and there is no room for failure and the power house wants it done right the first time! And the 20% x-Ray means that they will x-Ray 20% of the welds and if that 20% passes then there is a good chance that most will... The union welder is consistent and your wasting your time x-ray'ing 100% of welds. Non union is inconsistent. Almost every critical structure in the world has some type of union on it. The unions are attacked everyday and always have been! They fight not only for their rights but for everyone's right!

Jul 11, 2014
Union pay is a joke????? NEW
by: Anonymous

You obviously have no idea what you are talking about! Lol

Jun 25, 2014
Welding Skills NEW
by: Anonymous

When a welder tells me how good he is I know that he lacks confidence, show me don't tell me.The appearance of your rig reflects the quality and your skills. Build your own beds and you'll learn fab skills in doing so, be a good utility hand as well, as this will add to your skill level.

Jun 25, 2014
Welding Skills NEW
by: Anonymous

When a welder tells me how good he is I know that he lacks confidence, show me don't tell me.The appearance of your rig reflects the quality and your skills. Build your own beds and you'll learn fab skills in doing so, be a good utility hand as well, as this will add to your skill level.

Jun 24, 2014
confidence NEW
by: art

You have to have confidence sometime fake it to make it and learn as you go along I've been welding for ten years not long as some but longer than some. All you have to do is learn all you can pick up on the little things. Some people just can't weld it's just not in them. But if you can really and I mean really weld any one company will put you on and show you the rest that's what I did. I started at ten bucks an hour with my AWS L.A. CITY Structural certs I weld alot of moment connections wit ceramic backing UT quality and XRAY quality I put money on it that some of these old timer welder can't do this. I make 30 bucks an hour as a single hand structural and pipe welder and I'm 32 yrs old ha ha hey bro if I can do it you can to confidence is key even if you don't know it all act like you do but you at least have to know how to weld to make it to the top.

May 27, 2014
to you want a welders. NEW
by: Anonymous

To whom it may concern: You need to pay your dues if you want to become a rig welder. I have been a welder for over 35 years, a rig welder for 25 of those years. I even had to work overseas, to purchase and set up my first rig. It seems with this energy boom going on right now, you young guys, think that if you learn to put a little weld down that makes you a rig welder. It does not. I see it time and time again, that you might make "THE" test by the skin of your teeth. But reality out on the line, your slow, and have know idea what it really takes. You could get in a nine line bind because you have no math skills and realize welding is more than just a toirch, rig. Its good math skills, fitting skills as well as knowing how to weld all together, make a good rig welder. But if you don't believe me keep on coming, and guys like me, will weld, fit and do circles around you
Bob the welder

May 26, 2014
to you want a welders. NEW
by: Anonymous

To whom it may concern: You need to pay your dues if you want to become a rig welder. I have been a welder for over 35 years, a rig welder for 25 of those years. I even had to work overseas, to purchase and set up my first rig. It seems with this energy boom going on right now, you young guys, think that if you learn to put a little weld down that makes you a rig welder. It does not. I see it time and time again, that you might make "THE" test by the skin of your teeth. But reality out on the line, your slow, and have know idea what it really takes. You could get in a nine line bind because you have no math skills and realize welding is more than just a toirch, rig. Its good math skills, fitting skills as well as knowing how to weld all together, make a good rig welder. But if you don't believe me keep on coming, and guys like me, will keep make you look like a ass clown.
Bob the welder

May 26, 2014
to you want a welders. NEW
by: Anonymous

To whom it may concern: You need to pay your dues if you want to become a rig welder. I have been a welder for over 35 years, a rig welder for 25 of those years. I even had to work overseas, to purchase and set up my first rig. It seems with this energy boom going on right now, you young guys, think that if you learn to put a little weld down that makes you a rig welder. It does not. I see it time and time again, that you might make "THE" test by the skin of your teeth. But reality out on the line, your slow, and have know idea what it really takes. You could get in a nine line bind because you have no math skills and realize welding is more than just a toirch, rig. Its good math skills, fitting skills as well as knowing how to weld all together, make a good rig welder. But if you don't believe me keep on coming, and guys like me, will keep make you look like a ass clown.
Bob the welder

May 08, 2014
A little advice: NEW
by: Littlegasser496

A little advice from a welder who's been in the business for 40+ years and on my 15th rig.I took some advice from one of the older hands in the late 60's, who told me, you don't have to be a superstar at any one thing such as bead, hotpass,firing line or fabricating hand, just learn some of all of it. Learn to stick, acetylene(which has become a lost art)TIG,fabricate, you don't have to be a master of any and you'll always have a job. Stay on somebody's payroll, may not always be what you think you're worth but you'll always have money and above all, leave your "prima donna" attitude at home.Whether you're working union or non-union, be the best you can be and a day's work for a day's pay.Those who want it bad enough will succeed.

Apr 23, 2014
the union pay is a joke NEW
by: Anonymous

I know the union doesnt pay 45 $ an hour and double time plus G40 when your not working

With job completion bonus saftey bonus
Travel in and out at 73 cents a mile.

Double time after 8 and on weekends.

Double time and a half on holidays plus 8 extra hours of double.

The union doesnt weld in convection box heaters and super heaters in the chemical and oil refineries where you see alloys such as duplex inconel cunifer monel alloy x ect.. all union is good food is power houses. Yall can have that bullshit work. Hydrotest yalls welds and do 5-20 percent x ray . Ha.
try b31.3 boiler code severe and beyond in a inconel convection box 100% x ray . No tolerance . Not even 1/64.
union dont clear 5000-8000 a week

Take your 26 and benfits

And ur 2000 a month union retirement


Apr 07, 2014
to UA fitter NEW
by: Anonymous

That's the problem with u northern wanna he's. Always talking shit about the south but the truth is we run ourselves and not by government. And production, I highly doubt u could compare to a southern state. Use ur brain u arogant dumbass.

Mar 14, 2014
Forgetfulness NEW
by: Anonymous

Sounds like some of you have forgot what it was like to get started. I haven't I remember all the oldtimers taking taking time to show me how to be a welder. I still dont know it all so I remain teachable I always strive to do my best wether its on structure or pipe. Im getting older so I try to pass on what I know to the younger generation. I'm secure in my abilities im not cocky.welding school doesnt really start until you get in the field you may be in grease up to your knees or mud up to your waist. Bottom line its got to be done rite.

Mar 14, 2014
Forgetfulness NEW
by: Anonymous

Sounds like some of you have forgot what it was like to get started. I haven't I remember all the oldtimers taking taking time to show me how to be a welder. I still dont know it all so I remain teachable I always strive to do my best wether its on structure or pipe. Im getting older so I try to pass on what I know to the younger generation. I'm secure in my abilities im not cocky.welding school doesnt really start until you get in the field you may be in grease up to your knees or mud up to your waist. Bottom line its got to be done rite.

Feb 27, 2014
Lol. NEW
by: Anonymous

Well, I'm a UA steamfitter/ pipe fitter/ welder...for 15 years. You need experience . And you jackasses who keep telling this dude to just show papers in ua and skip along the apprentice school should be punched in the freaking face ! Do your 5 years. I have worked non union fab shops for 5 years while waiting to get into ua.

Feb 27, 2014
Lol. NEW
by: Anonymous

Well, I'm a UA steamfitter/ pipe fitter/ welder...for 15 years. You need experience . And you jackasses who keep telling this dude to just show papers in ua and skip along the apprentice school should be punched in the freaking face ! Do your 5 years. I have worked non union fab shops for 5 years while waiting to get into ua.

Feb 19, 2014
wanna be welders NEW
by: u f,&""

If you where a rig welder you would know it you would work all the time sucking balls unless your good

Feb 19, 2014
if you were a rig welder you would know it NEW
by: i now hate rig welding

First of all you fucking retards do you know the definition of a rig welder you wanna be fucks maybe try praying to the welding gods fuck me welders are pussys....:-D

Jan 16, 2014
It ain,t easy NEW
by: woodzy

God it's a scary thought,looking back to 1977 1st period apprentice millwright.18 yrs old and green as green can be.#1 keep the cocky attitude at home.Let what you know show in your quality of work.#2 you can't have enough certs,but you gotta keepum current#3 work ethic if you say you'll be there be there.#4 tools, youngsters start making $ and they want toys,but ya gotta have the right tools to do the job.(took me awhile to figure that one out)#5 This one can be the hardest one to aquire, experience. You can't learn this in a book.I've been blessed to have been taken under some damn good wings in my life.But as for me I've got a 6g,strucural,light gauge,rebar certs to name a few.I have a beautiful truck,I can pull up to a restarant and tig weld light gauge stainless, weld grouser bars on a D10 cat or weld sch 120 pipe in position to be x-rayed.I have all the tools on my truck to do said job.Hell I'll weld on your wrought iron gate if you'll pay my rate. I've got a contractors lic. and liability insurance.Welding has been very good to me. Just me and my rig. That is my definition of a rig welder welder and that is how I became one.

Jan 16, 2014
It ain,t easy NEW
by: woodzy

God it's a scary thought,looking back to 1977 1st period apprentice millwright.18 yrs old and green as green can be.#1 keep the cocky attitude at home.Let what you know show in your quality of work.#2 you can't have enough certs,but you gotta keepum current#3 work ethic if you say you'll be there be there.#4 tools, youngsters start making $ and they want toys,but ya gotta have the right tools to do the job.(took me awhile to figure that one out)#5 This one can be the hardest one to aquire, experience. You can't learn this in a book.I've been blessed to have been taken under some damn good wings in my life.But as for me I've got a 6g,strucural,light gauge,rebar certs to name a few.I have a beautiful truck,I can pull up to a restarant and tig weld light gauge stainless, weld grouser bars on a D10 cat or weld sch 120 pipe in position to be x-rayed.I have all the tools on my truck to do said job.Hell I'll weld on your wrought iron gate if you'll pay my rate. I've got a contractors lic. and liability insurance.Welding has been very good to me. Just me and my rig. That is my definition of a rig welder welder and that is how I became one.

Jan 16, 2014
It ain,t easy NEW
by: woodzy

God it's a scary thought,looking back to 1977 1st period apprentice millwright.18 yrs old and green as green can be.#1 keep the cocky attitude at home.Let what you know show in your quality of work.#2 you can't have enough certs,but you gotta keepum current#3 work ethic if you say you'll be there be there.#4 tools, youngsters start making $ and they want toys,but ya gotta have the right tools to do the job.(took me awhile to figure that one out)#5 This one can be the hardest one to aquire, experience. You can't learn this in a book.I've been blessed to have been taken under some damn good wings in my life.But as for me I've got a 6g,strucural,light gauge,rebar certs to name a few.I have a beautiful truck,I can pull up to a restarant and tig weld light gauge stainless, weld grouser bars on a D10 cat or weld sch 120 pipe in position to be x-rayed.I have all the tools on my truck to do said job.Hell I'll weld on your wrought iron gate if you'll pay my rate. I've got a contractors lic. and liability insurance.Welding has been very good to me. Just me and my rig. That is my definition of a rig welder welder and that is how I became one. This trade has

Nov 02, 2013
Rig pay is a joke NEW
by: True Union

I'm union and I know for a fact that you didn't test for respectable union shop. The way I see it you busted your test and now you have contempt for the UA . You would have never spent the day testing and passed and turned down union pay. As far inspector sitting in an office while your screwing up your test why do you want them sitting with you babysitting? You got a losers attitude, just tuck your tail and shut up. If you have such a great business why are you wasting the UA s time? They saw you for what you are and sent your ass down the road, Ha!

Oct 29, 2013
seeking work NEW
by: edgar

Looking for work on the pipeline willing to travel.
Wanting to be a welder apprentice helper yes I do inspire to be a full blown welder with my own rig one day, just need a chance an oppertuinty to get out there . Willing to learn an take direction no problem if any one can plz help me get my career started or at least point me to the right direction. If any one is looking for a helper call 254 4059697
Thanx love this web site lots of useful info.

Sep 26, 2013
jobs at $40 NEW
by: toolmaker

Sept. 27. Stillwater OK. WORKFORCE. MATRIX pipeline hiring many folks but may be working in Ponca City area. Call workforce

Aug 28, 2013
FFWP NEW
by: RIGPAY

One of the biggest problems is the unions, arrogant pricks that are by no means educated enough to make it on their own. I took a test for the UA once, asshole administiring that shit was bad mouthing me all morning non effing stop, so here I am burning that last couple rods on a flawless branch test and asshole walks up to me, says "well alright I think that'll about do we will be more than happy to get you out on the line!" I started wrapping up and turned to him to say, NOW WHY IN THE HELL WOULD I WORK FOR A GROUP OF ARROGANT COCKSUCKERS SUCH AS YOURSELF, I'm out here all morning busting ass while your inside the air conditioned shop babysitting the coffee machine and trying to devise more insults to throw at me, HA! This fuckstick was speechless, I jumped in my rig and filled the open shop door with fresh soot from the cummins! As I'm driving back to my shop I hear the radio ad for the UA and how their in dire need of welders! What a load of horseshit! Dude even was insulting my rig! Said it wasn't a real rig cuz it had a 69 red face on it intend of a new 300d....... Basically I will not work a day for a union as long as I live, besides its far too much fun being a business owner and undercutting the living shit out of union rates! Fuck, Fight, Weld Pipe.

Aug 19, 2013
rig welders : pipe ,pipeliners NEW
by:

Same problem . looking for work is tough as rig welder. i did weld 234 dia inch in 12 hrs fit n weld spools with my weld rig stick process no helper 100 percent x ray. tell me if thats good enough for a company to hire me. but still here i am sittin and looking for work. i need a group, connections as some one just mention . we are all welders difference is our passion. please call 1 306 715 5662 if your bz i got all the tickets for saskachewan .

Aug 19, 2013
rig welders : pipe ,pipeliners NEW
by:

Same problem . looking for work is tough as rig welder. i did weld 234 dia inch in 12 hrs fit n weld spools with my weld rig stick process no helper 100 percent x ray. tell me if thats good enough for a company to hire me. but still here i am sittin and looking for work. i need a group, connections as some one just mention . we are all welders difference is our passion. please call 1 306 715 5662 if your bz i got all the tickets for saskachewan .

Aug 19, 2013
rig welders : pipe ,pipeliners NEW
by:

Same problem . looking for work is tough as rig welder. i did weld 234 dia inch in 12 hrs fit n weld spools with my weld rig stick process no helper 100 percent x ray. tell me if thats good enough for a company to hire me. but still here i am sittin and looking for work. i need a group, connections as some one just mention . we are all welders difference is our passion. please call 1 306 715 5662 if your bz i got all the tickets for saskachewan .

Aug 16, 2013
Challenge Accepted NEW
by: Johnny Lightning

I take pride in my work. I will succeed. I have no other choice. My family is depending on me. I understand it will be difficult. I appreciate all of you who have shared your experience. See you around.

Jul 20, 2013
REPLY TO WELD KING NEW
by: UA FITTER

You are so wrong weldking about the trade union welfare system. I have worked for the UA for 15 years and have incredible work ethic. I have also worked with many people who exhibit the same traits. I have also worked with those who don't as I am sure you have too. Please do not generalize! I guess you should expect comments like that from Capitalist America.
By the way, us Canadians are far more productive than you gluttons south of the border.
Have a nice day
P.O.S

Jul 16, 2013
looken for work in dougles any contacts NEW
by: sortor

I just got layed off Ben fittn n welding spool pipe 5years bought a pipeliner 200d with 6hours on it have it set up on flat bed csnt afford truck yet can I work that welder in the field on the trailor

Jul 16, 2013
looken for work in dougles any contacts NEW
by: sortor

I just got layed off Ben fittn n welding spool pipe 5years bought a pipeliner 200d with 6hours on it have it set up on flat bed csnt afford truck yet can I work that welder in the field on the trailor

Jul 16, 2013
looken for work in dougles any contacts NEW
by: sortor

I just got layed off Ben fittn n welding spool pipe 5years bought a pipeliner 200d with 6hours on it have it set up on flat bed csnt afford truck yet can I work that welder in the field on the trailor

Jul 13, 2013
We've all been there! NEW
by: Ragincajunwelding

Big John, when your first breaking out you have to go somewhere there's lots of inexperience. Such as;north Dakota... Right now there's a huge oil boom going on where they've brought in inspectors who were helpers for pipeliners in Colorado and Arkansas so if your half decent they'll pass your branch and bell. How to search for work is plenty leg work! I'm 23 and last year was my first 100k+yr and of that 100k I spent about 95 in my rig and fuel searching for work honestly I spent more time looking than I spent working now that I have a few good jobs under my belt I've been getting call backs and I'm not without work much anymore. Breaking out sucks do yourself a favor and go where there's enough work that if you bust a test you can line up another around the corner and if that don't work, you can run rig calls on derricks until you can pass one! Good luck God bless!

Jun 28, 2013
WELDERFITTER 29. YEARS EXPER. NEW
by: theodoros sitziris

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May 30, 2013
You want a job? NEW
by: Anonymous

Ye say ye are welders and can't find work ? Im a pipefitter/welder and from Ireland, got made redundant so went to Australia where thy are crying out for welders. Was only in the country a few weeks and got offered a 4 year sponcership. No welding certs needed just do a weld test on the day. 3500 AUS a week after tax. 4 weeks on 9days off roster. EDE engineering Pty LTD. look um up there based in Queensland.

May 27, 2013
At "Go home" NEW
by: Weldking

Obviously Alberta needs USA welders. Why else would they advertise constantly in our country. In my experience, every union crybaby who knows he can't pull his own weight on the jobsite tries to chase off every new ambitious hard working guy thats trying to make good in a new career. Don't be a boat anchor. The reason that you union pukes have such a hard time getting people to join is because most of you are freeloading sponges who couldn't get a job anywhere if you had to compete for it honestly. So, that said, keep trying new guy! You will get on somewhere, when you do make sure you give an honest days work for an honest days pay. It has never failed me in 23 years in the trade. Don't give in to the trade union welfare system!

May 13, 2013
Go Home NEW
by: Anonymous

Stay home. We dont need your kind in Alberta...

Apr 15, 2013
rig welder NEW
by: Anonymous

i know how u feel i am going through the same thing and i am from louisiana so don't feel like u r by yourself.let me know if u find something and i will do the same

Apr 08, 2013
Stuck? Because I am. NEW
by: Anonymous

Hello welders I'm having the worst time finding jobs. I have went to school graduated and everything but I still can't find any welding jobs. I've applied at about 20 welding jobs on the Internet and still no luck. I don't know what to do. Im getting where I just want to give up on it but I know I have the skills to do it. I can stick structural and pipe every position mig every position flux every position and tig every position hell I can even weld tig left handed I can weld aluminum using mig or tig just didn't get to do stainless. But I just can't find work its pretty crappy everyone wants to hire these people that don't go through schooling and take time for the trade but the ones that do are the ones having trouble finding jobs... Can someone help me please. Email is dariuschavez7@yahoo.com please if can help. Thank you for reading

Mar 14, 2013
Real Rig Welders NEW
by: Pipeline legacy

Pipeline09 is exactly right I'm a 3rd eogeneration pipliner even with that behind me my first three years were a struggle but all it took was one job with no repairs no bitching busting ass showing respect to the old timers and having the skills that a real rig welder should have not just a rod burner. It became Easyer to find work. If they don't know you they don't want to they have been burned before by wanna be's and don't have time for it. A real rig welder is a pipefitter a structural fitter can read iso's can make a weld tied up in a knot upside down with his face in the mud and not only make it look good but pass on film to. Takes time and alot of effort just because you have a rig disentangle mean your a rig welder you haft to earn it through the school of hard knocks.

Dec 30, 2012
Riggin NEW
by: Anonymous

No one becomes a Rig Welder overnight... My uncles been in the trade for over 20 years and it isn't for the faint hearted if you're not willing to put in your time to learn.

And "Bustin Out" means failing a test...

Oct 25, 2012
pricks NEW
by: swampboy

I am going through the samething.Take a job on the lower end of pay scale and lie to them if u have to.

Jan 09, 2012
Rig Welder NEW
by: Anonymous

I have welding shop in idaho with two portable rig set ups. we have been slow doing bids left and right but havn't been getting anything. anyways i got a call about a company in ND looking to hire one of our rigs on and it fell through. we do industrial, heavy equipment repair, to light fab like handrails ect. anyone know how i can get my foot in the door to chase rigs when they're down? i've heard they can keep you busy. Besides that anywhere would work not only limited to ND.

Dec 03, 2011
Really? NEW
by: old tired rod burner

I have been in the trade for 24 years, welder, machinist, millwright...basically the mix that revolves around being a welder in commercial or industrial work. I own a welding company and our primary business is portable. SO that is where I am coming from on this.

RIG WELDER by definition (at least mine) means you know how to weld; gmaw, smaw and gtaw at a minimum. You are probably very adept at a lot of alloys. You can fit pipe or structural with a degree of professional competence. You HAVE to be dang good at getting it done with whatever you have at hand, and thinking on your feet.

Starting or breaking out as a Rig Welder on anything and everything...well it is tough. Professional connections with other shops, construction managers, QC/CWI's, heavy equipment companies etc. are KEY to making it through the first year much less the next two. Now specialized work like vessels, oil patch, or pipelining well that is either your in the group or your an outsider...takes connections to break out successfully. Other than that the connections are merely survival until you build a reputation. 20k for advertising is great, but during that first year, connections are what will keep you alive.

You have to build that clientele, it takes time and lots of legwork. Get use to working 100hrs and actually getting 20-30 hrs of work...if your lucky! HUSTLE. NOBODY CARES how many certs you have held...the only ones worth a flip are the ones in your companies name and they are not worth much. You can easily break a 6 figure income if you are fairly intelligent and willing to WORK for it...takes time to get there. If you expect to wait for it to come to you....well let us know when your ready to sell your stuff for 1/2 price.

Good luck

Feb 27, 2011
HOW TO BECOME A RIG WELDER
by: Emma Thompson

I go with the words by Pypeliner09.

Emma
http://www.everlastwelders.ca/

Jul 01, 2010
whos in the mirror
by: 30 years

Hand I grew up walking line with my dad watching the pipe go in the ditch and I got good news and bad. First the bad: the guys who hire for these jobs have already been where you are now and they WILL not put up with the BS that you might be putting out there. To quote a wise ole pipeliner "son Ive seen pups like you come and go." Pipeliners are a very closed group:if they dont know you they dont want to. Try a little bit of respect if they open up ease into it, if they dont try somewhere else. Now the good news: there are jobs out there but you may have to pull your chest in IF thats the deal and when you go to test ASK for the job DONT demand it. If you use your head and stop, look, and listen they will tell you everything you need to know when you walk up. But in any event your the looking for a job not them if they dont need help and you do it right they will tell you where to find a job.

Jun 09, 2010
re: how to become a rig welder
by: miller killer

In your title it says- HOW TO BECOME A RIG WELDER? What my take on this is that if you have the experience you say you have you would not be asking that question. so come clean, you prob don't really have any experience. And to the guy called "rig welder" , anyone can weld a pipeline with enough practice, but it takes a good welder to fabricate and build. so stop acting so cocky, that shows your insecuritys. Weld on!

Apr 06, 2010
Rig welder
by: Pypeliner09

Every line job I ever had in my 18 years of welding depended on passing the test and the company needing welders. And BTW "bustin out" refers to failing not passin the test. Pipeliners are a breed of their own, and can tell if another guy is or isn't from a mile off. Even though you got your own rig and are an experienced welder go find a line needin helpers and hire on as a welders helper on your first job or two learn how to do it their way. That way you'll learn a lot in a short time the difference in the way they do it and how everybody else does it. My best suggestion is to find your local United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters and either apply for thier apprenticeship program or if you are truley an experienced welder ask about their "Provisional Journeyman" program. Thats wher if you can pass 2 tests UA-21 and UA-41 they'll let you in without apprenticeship. Another way to go since you have your own rig is to check out UA Local 798 They are pipeliners only and if you meet their requirements and have your rig and can pass their test then you are admitted as a journeyman. http://www.local798.org/shop/page/16?sessid=2Fb6S0WQ2U7sSc3abGf5iLq8BSvUNTGbAGO4Y8Da9Lr0vUfD2pF7Xt6VNNA511yY&shop_param=

Mar 04, 2010
AMERICANS
by: Anonymous

Instead of being a scab why dont you actually go through training? I love american welders try the schooling!

Mar 04, 2010
AMERICANS
by: Anonymous

Instead of being a scab why dont you actually go through training? I love american welders try the schooling!

Dec 01, 2009
weldin papers
by: Anonymous

do u have up to date welding certifictions? if u do give them a copy.if you do not try getting some papers.

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