Is this slow economy NUTS? Are you SICK of it?
What trade can you master in the shortest amount of time to make the most money? What will it cost you? What will you make? Can you do it? What the KEY differences between success and failure? Find out now.
Key Difference # 1:
Are you good at hand-eye skills?
In order to become a 6G pipe welder you only need one thing – eye to hand coordination. NOTHING ELSE matters! If you are really good with hand to eye or eye-to-hand skills you will quickly succeed.
Let’s say you are in a pipe welding course. If your “natural skill” with skills like snow boarding, dirt bike riding, skate board riding are really good, you’ll pass the class after welding about 20 to 25 test joints. If you are so-so at these skills you’ll pass your 6G test after about 50 practice joints. If you are just average at the above skills, you’ll hit the mark after about 75 practice joints. Some pipe welders don’t get it until they weld 100 or more joints. The MAJORITY of pipe welding students never get it.
Key difference # 2:
Determination matters. You won’t make it out of pipe school without guts and determination. Only about 14 to 25 out of 80 students make through a pipe welding course and become 6G welders. Why? Failure OFTEN isn’t the fault of the student.
Here’s what happens:
You will find that your instructor is sick of what he is doing. You’ll find him or her cold. Not “cold” in attitude (although that can be the case). They get cold in the skill of pipe welding. All pipe welders get cold when they don’t weld pipe for a while. They are so busy with the school they don’t pick up a stinger and do IT any longer. They become scared to really instruct you, so they just bark at you. It takes determination to make it through the obstacle of an instructor who can no longer do what they are asking you to do!
Key difference # 3:
You may end up with a welding machine with a problem. A welding machine can seem to operating okay – but it isn’t good enough – but you don’t know what “good enough” is.
The problem students face is not knowing what is wrong – they don’t realize soon enough to correct the situation. They “soldier on” hoping something will change instead of standing firm – standing up to the instructor and saying, “something is wrong but I don’t know what it is, can you demonstrate your welding skill on my machine so I can see that the machine is correct?” Rather than do that, they walk away into oblivion.
What is the answer?
The answer is to be critically aware of your situation. The instructor wants to blame YOU! It may not be your fault. Don’t let the instructor steal your $100,000 a year future! Be proactive. YOU are paying the “freight.” Analyze what is going on. Be “situation aware.” And don’t fear the instructor – he is NOT your Captain and pipe school is NOT the military – he or she is there to serve you!
What will it cost?
Pipe welding courses cost between $6,000 and $25,000. It is a market – like anything else. If they can talk a good line they’ll get $25,000 out of you. If you are wise, you can find a bargain on a great pipe school.
There is one problem:
If you have never welded, you are NOT going to get accepted into a pipe welding course. The “system” says: “Unless you are an accomplished structural welder and can prove it, you are NOT getting into pipe school.”
Why? They don’t want to take a non-welder into pipe welder school – they want to start a “step up” with structural welders just because it makes their job easier. There is NO LAW that says you can’t start welding pipe as soon as you can do a few basic welding skills.
You could conquer those basic skills quickly if there was a pipe welding school that could find it their hearts to teach you those few basic skills before you weld on pipe mounted at a 45 degree fixed position.
But that is NOT the way it is.
Requiring you to be a certified structural welder FIRST is just the way the good old boys have set it up (in the USA). The welding industry would give up too much income if they simply taught you to strike the arc in the zone, to weld stringer beads and open root passes on the flat before you started running surface stringer beads on pipe.
The bottom line is this:
If you want to be a pipe welder, you have to slug through all the baloney of becoming a structural welder first – you must learn a ton of stuff you’ll never use as a pipe welder.
What they won’t tell you:
If can find a pipe welder to teach you pipe welding without you ever having welded – and you succeed – you are automatically qualified to weld ANY structural welding position! Let that sink in. You can “jump the shark” in welding if you are willing to think outside the box – and the “box” is the established welding industry path.
What should you do?
Well, pipe welders make between $85,000 and $300,000 a year – it is worth pursuing – no matter how you become a pipe welder. Pipe welders are the “kings of Welding.” The fastest way is to find a pipe welder and ask him to teach you. There is NO LAW that says you have to learn pipe welding in a school. Heck, you might find a pipe welder to teach you for say, $3,000.
My point is this:
If you want it – have no doubts – you will make big money. The demand is crazy and the demand is growing like crazy. In this old (and getting “old”) slow economy, pipe welding is one of the few sweet spots – so find a way to get it done.
What about conditions?
Kiss your mama good bye. You’ll be in North Dakota or Wyoming or Colorado or Texas of one of about 16 U.S. States that are actively fracking for gas and oil. You’ll be outside in bad conditions with little comfort. What is the good news? You CAN make $100,000 a year with 3 or 4 MONTHS off a year.
If you are up for this kind of life, if you have the determination to get through school, and you really want to make more than $15 an hour (a lot more), pipe welding is the place for you.
There are very few true or “pure” trades left.
What is a true trade?
It is you learning a specific skill that has almost nothing to do with book learning. This is the truth: If you somehow learned to weld pipe in the middle of nowhere in a shed – and you really get it – and you show up at a refinery, pipeline, power plant or water works job call, and you pass their test – they’ll put you to work.
AND it doesn’t matter if you can read or speak English.
You will BE the man (or woman or transvestite). A “true trade” is like being an artist – if you can paint or sculpt – and nothing else matters!
Here are two other examples of what I’m talking about – two other examples of “true trades”:
If you can put shoes on horses or if you can operate a backhoe like it is part of you – you can make big money – without a license, permit, or degree, and without formal schooling. Do you see what I mean? Almost everything else requires a certificate of education or a graduation diploma from a trade school or a license or permit or a degree.
All pipe welding requires is that you pass a 6G test – which means welding just one test joint good enough to pass a destruction bend test as judged by a CWI – (a Certified Welding Inspector. You are NOT required to demonstrate any book knowledge about welding!
Why is the demand so high?
Most welders are structural welders – and they all think they can weld pipe – but few have the determination to actually learn to weld 6G pipe. (Only about 5% of all welder are pipe welders).
The oil and gas industry is exploding in growth because of fracking.
The USA is now the top oil and gas producer in the world because of fracking – and the train keeps rolling – thousands of new wells are being drilled all over the USA every year. It is the sweet spot in this slow economy. It will continue to rock because the U.S. has the equivalent of at least 8 times the oil and gas in Saudi Arabia – with more being discovered everyday – much of it in places where gas and oil have never been extracted before.
What should you do next?
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