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    I'd like to try and get certified for mig steel and alm. I live in the Tampa bay area in Florida. Is there any place I can take a weld test. I know where I used to work they had people come to were I worked. Then have use weld up some plate and then they would test it. Can anybody help with this.

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    I have to ask,,, what for?

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    • #3
      Contact the welding instructors at PTEC in Clearwater/Largo area. I think you can pay the test fee and they will let run a few coupons before actually welding the test piece.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by CODE4 View Post
        Contact the welding instructors at PTEC in Clearwater/Largo area. I think you can pay the test fee and they will let run a few coupons before actually welding the test piece.
        Good call there, also in Tampa is Renegade Testing, they can certify, not sure if they do this at their shop or...but you could call.

        Good Luck!

        Richard
        Richard
        West coast of Florida

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Ltbadd View Post
          Good call there, also in Tampa is Renegade Testing, they can certify, not sure if they do this at their shop or...but you could call.

          Good Luck!

          Richard
          hey guys sorry Im just now checking this. but thanks for the info im going to try and look into those places and see what I can come up with. one day I would like to break away from my job and start up my own thing so im trying to take a step in the right direction and keep moving forward.

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          • #6
            Its great you may want to test but at this point its likely a waste of time and energy. So you get some help with the specific question not sure how it would help.
            I had a guy tell me he is a certified mig welder about 3 times, I finally asked where. As it turns out it was in a class he vaguely remembers 30 yrs ago in high school, he figures he is still some kind of certified welder.
            No one asks me anymore but I do have an answer which is usually from someone don't know anyway but I usually say I certified about 20 times over the years.
            It normally only applies to the job its on, there may be some blanket stuff in some of the area trades for general work but for the beginner it doesnt really apply in a general fashion athough we got a couple guys here that flash it past their insurance co's in lieu of a general contractors and a lot of people wouldn't know the difference including some agents and procurement at plants.

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            • #7
              welding certifications

              Originally posted by Sberry View Post
              Its great you may want to test but at this point its likely a waste of time and energy. So you get some help with the specific question not sure how it would help.
              I had a guy tell me he is a certified mig welder about 3 times, I finally asked where. As it turns out it was in a class he vaguely remembers 30 yrs ago in high school, he figures he is still some kind of certified welder.
              No one asks me anymore but I do have an answer which is usually from someone don't know anyway but I usually say I certified about 20 times over the years.
              It normally only applies to the job its on, there may be some blanket stuff in some of the area trades for general work but for the beginner it doesnt really apply in a general fashion athough we got a couple guys here that flash it past their insurance co's in lieu of a general contractors and a lot of people wouldn't know the difference including some agents and procurement at plants.
              ok Sberry let me ask u this. if I would like to break away from my job wouldn't it be a good thing to have the certification. because of insurance and stuff like that to help protect my ***. If I break away I might try and stick to truck upfits and truck repairs. I do all the repairs on my dads car hauler so if I ever open my own place that's what I might try and gear my shop to. so Sberry what would ur best advice be for me. every day I try and improve my skills in welding and fab work. when I have time I try and research. ive have self taught my self every thing I know. any thing ii have been taught by any other welders I take what they say and apply it to my skills. my uncle was a mobile welder. hes taught me a few things. and I took what he told me and practiced until I got it right. when I was working at my first job I was bending tubing for boats. that shop did all tig weld. so I wanted to lean how to weld tig. so I ask one of the welders if he could teach me how to weld tig. well after that I used every lunch break to practice and I caught on quick. theres been a lot a seasoned welders that I have talk to and they have said to me I have the natural talent for welding. so if u have any advise that might help me out it would be great.

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              • #8
                You need to get experience in the line you want to pursue, maybe start collecting some equipment and tooling down that line, general tools for that matter so when reaching out you are a bit prepared and the demands do not come at once.

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                • #9
                  You are doing what you need to do to learn. A spin thru a welding course at a local college wouldnt hurt. Training on the job is good, can be good and while a guy can pick up a few tricks from the uncle many of the guys with some formal training blow right past the guys that learned hand to mouth.
                  They have short courses in metallurgy and blueprint reading. The good instructors help shift the focus toward the talent.
                  This is a huge field, the boat thing is about a whole trade unto itself. The skillsets cross over some but even the welding is quite different as are the conditions.
                  he time to move round is while work is good, find niche.
                  There is nothing wrong wit tests but they are not needed for most of this work and really don't mean a lot to most people. The ones that do are vey specific, they need to be retaken often, its not a one shot deal.

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                  • #10
                    welding certifications

                    Originally posted by Sberry View Post
                    You are doing what you need to do to learn. A spin thru a welding course at a local college wouldnt hurt. Training on the job is good, can be good and while a guy can pick up a few tricks from the uncle many of the guys with some formal training blow right past the guys that learned hand to mouth.They have short courses in metallurgy and blueprint reading. The good instructors help shift the focus toward the talent. This is a huge field, the boat thing is about a whole trade unto itself. The skillsets cross over some but even the welding is quite different as are the conditions.he time to move round is while work is good, find niche. There is nothing wrong wit tests but they are not needed for most of this work and really don't mean a lot to most people. The ones that do are vey specific, they need to be retaken often, its not a one shot deal.
                    hey thanks sberry. if I every go to do my own thing I might stick to doing truck up fits and truck repairs. like I do for work now. Also might try and specialize in car hauler repairs. because I have been doing that for years with my dad. this week ill half to be helping him do repairs on his rig. the main thing I half to do is change out a 12ft post that the decks slide up and down on. so ill be having fun every day after I get home after a 10 hour day at work. all I can say is I have the drive to push hard under pressure and keep pushing. I would like to maybe take some classes but I don't have the money and I I don't have the time to be able to take off work to go to class. I have to be there every hour I can at work. have to be able to pay the bills. but I would like to go one day. well other than what u have told me. do u have and advise for a 26 year old kid that like to burn metal and play with fire89chevywelder

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                    • #11
                      For real service work it pays to be a very good stick welder. Same for cutting with a torch.

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                      • #12
                        The advice IMO...

                        Quit jackin around with your current job if there is no room for upward mobility. If you want to weld for a living, get in school any way you can. Loans, night classes, beg, etc.

                        When your in school learn the processes, learn the procedures, codes, how to read drawings, weld symbols, etc.

                        When I was 26, I went back to school to learn to weld, after I had graduated with a teching degree and could not find work. I took out another loan and pursued more education, this time in welding and it's the best move I ever made. It's opened tons, tons of doors... I went to welding school 50 hours a week and worked 60 hours a week for 1.5 years until I got out of welding school and had an opportunity to amke money. First welding job out of school was $46hr welding pipe in a hospital expansion.

                        You can't wish it, you have to do it... If you can see your job is a dead end, treat it like a job, not a career and put yourself in a position to be the hero of your own movie!

                        Or, drive down to the Union Hall and begin an apprecticeship...

                        Good Luck!

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                        • #13
                          I agree with the above. While some experience is good it sounds like a lot of it is rather hand to mouth here. It is usually easy to spot when young guy has had some trade school. On day one a guy that has been helping Dad change an engine in the backyard may know a couple things more than a guy starting a school green but after a short bit the schooled comes whizzing by and cant be caught.

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                          • #14
                            I had a guy recently apply with me. His pitch was that his Dad was a mechanic for 28 years and that he had all the rotating parts to the block in a small block Chevy. Both of these things he repeated couple times. He had about a 10 minute attn. span.
                            I had another a while back who continuously said,,, I do it this way at home, I do it this way on my car, had another who has advanced degree do the same. I have to splain, this isn't your car, it doesn't have front wheel drive, this is not your home, this is not your garden etc. It needs some efficiency and effectiveness. These were people willing to work hard, one had sweat running, arms going, didn't do a thing. A gallon of sweat and didn't kill a single weed all morning.
                            Nice enough people but impossible to train. When one gets some real skill then how one did it the last place they work may be relevant but until then do it like I fukkin say then maybe we will take a look at changes.

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                            • #15
                              I was a compulsive job hopper after I was a journeyman, went on a big binge and worked for a lot of small outfits for a while. Being a good welder was always a foot in the door, I could change jobs on most days and its a skill almost unfakeable and highly noticeable.
                              A lot of guys had experience and people that worked along side thought they knew until they saw a torch and welder used as it can be, most of the time they went,, oh ****. Guys in sign plants, installers, maintenance types had some experience but I was almost always a step ahead, maybe 2 or 3 in welding. In about 10 minutes became the go to welding guy.

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