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Re: AWS welding course in SE La.

Postby RocketSurgeon » Sun May 17, 2015 10:32 am

When I started shopping around for courses, I realized this one was the best overall.
1. Price. Another local "school" (certificate mill) wanted $4000 for a shorter course that had NO certification. Their lab was half assed: HFT flux and MIG machines. A fan on the wall for fume extraction. Half the booths had curtains while the other half didn't have any at all. The "Dean" complained about OSHA rules and compliance.
2. Certification. Even the area CC's didn't offer courses for certification. The university here, just has two classes for welding. They are tied in with a couple of degrees they offer.
3. Lab. I work for NASA. Their machines are some of the best on the market. Syncrowave 350's (drooool). The lab I will be using throughout this course could give NASA a run for it's money. I saw one Lincoln tombstone. The rest were Miller machines.
4. Instructor. We aren't long time friends, coworkers or relatives. We struck a repoire when I was shopping for schools. He's a retired welder (AWS), CWI and certified instructor. I've spoken to students from the previous class and they had no complaints about him. Yeah, he may be in his late 70's/early 80's, nut they said he still has "it" and wants to share "it".

I'm just glad it's happening....FINALLY!
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Re: AWS welding course in SE La.

Postby RocketSurgeon » Wed Jun 03, 2015 11:20 am

We are three weeks into the course and......

WELL. WORTH. THE. MONEY!!!

The instructor noted that this class (9 of us) are flying through the exercises. Faster than the last class. What has taken us three weeks to do, took the last class three months.

I'm tired as hell due to OT (6-10's), buying/moving into a house and school (15hrs a week after work). Still, I am NOT complaining.
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Re: AWS welding course in SE La.

Postby Otto Nobedder » Wed Jun 03, 2015 6:40 pm

RocketSurgeon wrote:We are three weeks into the course and......

WELL. WORTH. THE. MONEY!!!

The instructor noted that this class (9 of us) are flying through the exercises. Faster than the last class. What has taken us three weeks to do, took the last class three months.

I'm tired as hell due to OT (6-10's), buying/moving into a house and school (15hrs a week after work). Still, I am NOT complaining.


That's great news!
Bang for the buck, and a sense of accomplishment! (And good sleep each night...)

My Co. is sending me into the city in a couple weeks... I'm taking overhead crane inspector training/certification. I'd rather be where you are, but we're (oddly) not required to meet a code for the structural stuff. Fortunately, we are all very self-conscious OCD types where welding is concerned. (Aren't all true craftsmen their own worst critics?)

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Re: AWS welding course in SE La.

Postby RocketSurgeon » Wed Jun 03, 2015 10:08 pm

Otto Nobedder wrote: Fortunately, we are all very self-conscious OCD types where welding is concerned. (Aren't all true craftsmen their own worst critics?)

Steve S


ALWAYS! At least the ones who give a crap about their craft and their work. It's like a signature on a contract: I did this and I guarantee the work done.
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Re: AWS welding course in SE La.

Postby RocketSurgeon » Tue Jul 14, 2015 2:53 pm

It's been 9-10 weeks into the course. 4G plate is kicking my......
I really can't complain, at all, about the course or the instructor. As it turns out, he used to work for the same company I do now. Doing the same thing, building the same section. Only, I do it with a $5mil robot.

We will be going thru combo-pipe later (TIG root/stick out). If there is time along the way, he will help me with my Al cert(s).
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Re: AWS welding course in SE La.

Postby Otto Nobedder » Tue Jul 14, 2015 7:25 pm

RocketSurgeon wrote:It's been 9-10 weeks into the course. 4G plate is kicking my......
I really can't complain, at all, about the course or the instructor. As it turns out, he used to work for the same company I do now. Doing the same thing, building the same section. Only, I do it with a $5mil robot.

We will be going thru combo-pipe later (TIG root/stick out). If there is time along the way, he will help me with my Al cert(s).


What process on the 4G? Stick, I presume, for AWS? Will the aluminum cert be GTAW?

I'm a bit envious, as I've never had any formal training (and my employer is unlikely to finance it, since my welds pass).

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Re: AWS welding course in SE La.

Postby RocketSurgeon » Tue Jul 14, 2015 11:08 pm

Stick for all the plate tests. It is for AWS.
The Al most definitely will be TIG.

I finally (knock on wood) made a good weld tonight on 4G. I made the work come to me instead of me going to the work. If I can make three more that are good or better in a row, I think I'll be confident to test out on it.
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Re: AWS welding course in SE La.

Postby RocketSurgeon » Thu Jan 07, 2016 7:39 pm

Sorry it's been so long since I've even looked at the forum, let alone post.

PROGRESS!! School is moving along quite nicely. I'm learning a LOT and able to move along at my own pace. I don't feel rushed or slowed from the other students or curriculum.
I've passed ALL 4 process qual tests and have passed my stick cert. I have to retest my FC. Afterwards I can choose MIG or TIG next. I just might have all 4 by the end of February.

I'll keep saying it, because it's true: The best $1500 I've ever spent.
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Re: AWS welding course in SE La.

Postby Otto Nobedder » Thu Jan 07, 2016 8:49 pm

Nice coupons!

What was the issue with the FC?

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Re: AWS welding course in SE La.

Postby RocketSurgeon » Thu Jan 07, 2016 9:17 pm

2G test didn't pass. Lack of fusion between the stringers.
3 and 4G passed easily.

Gravity sucks. lol
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