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Got my welding certs and can't find a job

Postby Moffpro » Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:51 pm

I've had my certifications for the past 3 months and I keep either hearing that i'm "not qualified enough" or I "don't have enough experience". There's a fab shop (sweat shop) in my area but I really don't want to work there. Any ideas as to what I should do?
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Re: Got my welding certs and can't find a job

Postby Farmwelding » Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:57 pm

Well, I guess you are stuck in he place along with many. That's the hard part about welding. You have to start somewhere. Look at any job for welding. At least 1-2 years experience if by more. As much as it will suck working in a sweat shop, it will give you something to live on and experience. The other thing to do is while you're working is keep lookin for jobs until you get another one and keep moving up the ladder.
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Re: Got my welding certs and can't find a job

Postby Otto Nobedder » Tue Nov 22, 2016 12:41 am

I worked lots of sweatshops. I'd spend 6-14 months at each one, until I'd learned all they were ever going to teach me without me marrying the boss' sister, and I'd move to the next one.

I've kept all the knowledge gained along the way, and parlayed it into a job I look forward to going to each day.

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Re: Got my welding certs and can't find a job

Postby Olivero » Fri Jan 06, 2017 1:11 pm

Gotta start somewhere,

I would take it and if it's horrible, then quit. Maybe you'll like it and get the years under the belt that you need.
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Re: Got my welding certs and can't find a job

Postby LtBadd » Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:26 pm

Even if you take a job you may not like, as others have said "gotta start somewhere" you never know that shop may be a great stepping stone in advancing your knowledge, keep a good attitude.

A persons reputation is more valuable then silver or gold..old proverb

With the companies you would like to work for, go back every month or so and ask about any openings, when one is available they'll remember the guy who really wants to work there.

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Re: Got my welding certs and can't find a job

Postby Ryan_82 » Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:01 am

What kind of certs do you have? Do they cover several different processes? Sometimes it's useful to get a 6G pipe cert or something like that because then you're qualified for all positions for pipe and plate. There's several places in my area that will give a pipe welder a chance because of the high demand, even without much experience. It's all about being able to pass the company's test.

I've also found it's useful to be able to use different machines and techniques. I recently got bit by a test where I had to use scratch start Tig which I had never done before. I was also using a passive shade helmet, so it was tough to learn on the spot. After getting over being pissed off (the foreman assured me the day before it would be an xmt machine with lift-arc), I just went back to school and got my teacher to hook up an old rig and I went to town for two weeks learning how to scrape my filler rod over my tungsten on all positions on the pipe. Now I'll be covered on the next test whether I'm able to use a high freq setup or something more akin to field work.

A cert for a 2G plate test with a backing bar is pretty worthless for instance. It's nice to say "I'm certified" but it doesn't really transfer to any real type of welding out there. Any structural job that pays anything will require 4G and 3G and usually open root. And if you could pass a 4G Plate test, there's work out there. I recently read there was a 200,000 welder deficit world wide and that number only increases year over year so don't give up yet.
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Re: Got my welding certs and can't find a job

Postby Turbo » Fri Jan 13, 2017 7:11 pm

Take the sweat shop job. I wish I had a sweat shop job. I'm currently mig welding uphill in the snow both ways :o .

I'm currently working for a mechanical contractor. We do the maintenance at a plant that grinds coal into powder and then leaks half of it out. The plant shut down for Christmas and there was a thaw on Christmas Eve, so I got to lay in a little river of coal and clay sludge to put patches on a rusted out auger with a little bit of mud rain from the snow melting off of all the shoots and ladders above me. The title for the job listing was "Welder/Fabricator." I wish I would have hung up the phone when he asked me if I was ok with heights.
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Re: Got my welding certs and can't find a job

Postby Danielsmith12 » Wed Jan 25, 2017 1:15 am

Thank you!
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Re: Got my welding certs and can't find a job

Postby AnnaMaryJo » Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:47 pm

Try to find other job opportunities while you work in the sweet shop.
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Re: Got my welding certs and can't find a job

Postby Rudy Ray » Fri Jan 27, 2017 2:50 am

As a former employer, it is easier to find work if you have work. Being unemployed raises questions like "If you are so good or valuable, why are you unemployed?"

I eventually made everybody unemployed and went back to being a 1 man show.
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