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    My husband have been freaking out because we are both graduating and we need jobs! Seth is graduating from South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. He will have an AWS certification. He is getting an advanced degree in welding technology. He is an awesome welder with great recommendations. His professor says his schooling is worth 5 years of experience. He has also been working in a welding shop for 2 years building oil dereks and trailers. We just need help in looking for jobs! There are tons of jobs that pay about 10 an hour, but we are looking for more than that. Also it would be nice to work a company with good benifits. We want to get out of Lubbock and are really willing to go anywhere. Any ideas would be a great help!!!

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    I would suggest contacting Northrupp Grumman at Newport News Va. as they employ lots of welding engineers and love anyone to come to work that hasa college diploma or certification. You may find a good job for youself also. Just go to thier web site or just type in Northrupp grumman shipyard. They list all jobs on their site and even in other states.

    Hope this helps
    Wheelchair

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    • #3
      Look @ PetroChem in Louisiana

      The PetroChem industry is busy here . . . Look from Lake Charles and east . . . A lot of projects going on . . .Shipbuilding is also busy here in south Louisiana . . . As for a "Job with Benefits" . . . they are hard to come by in the trades in the south . . . I get my benefits through my wife's employer much like most of the trades people here do . . .

      Look at the all the newspapers . . . .

      http://www.kidon.com/media-link/usa.php

      Good luck . . . .

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      • #4
        Here in minnesota theres a ton of mig ang tig jobs if you want to work for 15 to 18 hr with benifits, if you head this way let me know i know of alot of places to look
        TB302
        Dynasty 200dx
        Hobart beta-mig 250
        Hobart Handler 140

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        • #5
          thanks for the info! job searching is so stressful!

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          • #6
            Wyoming is it!

            Hey, with all the mining and energy jobs here in Wyoming, you can double or tripple that salary I am sure! They cry for silled people like you! I teach welding at the High School level, and often think about quitting and becoming going into welding full time...

            Hope you find a great job and great salary!

            PS... Wyoming is also a great place to live!

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            • #7
              If you REALLY want to make some serious coin, you have to work for yourself and be very shrewd as to your business practice. Give people fair treatment,, quality workmanship and common courtesy and you'll have a line up so long you wont ever catch up.. Cheers and Good Luck!
              Will it weld? I loooove electricity!

              Miller 251/30A spool
              Syncro200
              Spectrum 625
              O/A
              Precix 5x10 CNC Router12"Z
              Standard modern lathe
              Cheap Chinese mill that does the trick... sort of...
              horizontal 7x12 bandsaw
              Roland XC540 PRO III
              54" laminator
              hammer and screwdriver (most used)
              little dog
              pooper scooper (2nd most used...)

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              • #8
                I think your right only "real" money is working for your self, but... Very hard to get started and make the "real" money right off. Probably better off to work at a ship yard or oil field and start the business on the side. At least you'll eat while your working on starting a business....

                Just my 2 cents..good luck where ever you go
                Scott
                HMW [Heavy Metal welding]

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                • #9
                  Journeymen welders get about $23 + bonus/vacation which = $26/h where I work and we need more welders.

                  Dakota Creek Industries. Anacortes, Washington

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                  • #10
                    The Comapny I work for has openings for Structual Welders
                    Starting rate of pay is $19.47 per Hr top pay $27.81 per Hr.
                    plus beneifits.
                    You can see the job listing here:
                    http://as0.mta.info/mnr/html/employm...tural%20Welder
                    Miller MM210
                    Powcon 300ST
                    Lincoln Weldanpower 225
                    Century Mig 125GS
                    Century 225 AC/DC Stick
                    Hobart Rod Runner, Handler 210
                    Smith O/A

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                    • #11
                      Yo Gatkeper,

                      Originally posted by gatkeper1 View Post
                      The Comapny I work for has openings for Structual Welders
                      Starting rate of pay is $19.47 per Hr top pay $27.81 per Hr.
                      plus beneifits.
                      You can see the job listing here:
                      http://as0.mta.info/mnr/html/employm...tural%20Welder
                      How ya doin Man!?!

                      If your company is paying you say 25 bucks an hour, you realize that they have to charge your labours out at no less than twice that rate? MAybe more becuase your getting benefits, insurance, safety gear perhaps etc etc..... So working for yourself, looking professional and doing quality work can get you a 100 bucks an hour if your smart... In this day and age, I tseems that everything is going up faster than wages (mind you what else is new???) I chose to give my emplyoers the one figer goodbuy a long time ago. Its been exciting ever since. Not always profitable But alot more fun.... ALOT more fun.
                      Will it weld? I loooove electricity!

                      Miller 251/30A spool
                      Syncro200
                      Spectrum 625
                      O/A
                      Precix 5x10 CNC Router12"Z
                      Standard modern lathe
                      Cheap Chinese mill that does the trick... sort of...
                      horizontal 7x12 bandsaw
                      Roland XC540 PRO III
                      54" laminator
                      hammer and screwdriver (most used)
                      little dog
                      pooper scooper (2nd most used...)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by SignWave View Post
                        How ya doin Man!?!

                        If your company is paying you say 25 bucks an hour, you realize that they have to charge your labours out at no less than twice that rate?
                        All our work is in support of our own infrastructure.
                        So there is no charging anyone else.
                        benefits? Yes there a a few. 401K,457K,Pension Plan, Railroad Retirement,Health,Dental,Eye etc.
                        I am not employed as a welder. I'm just a hobbyist with some formal training.
                        And you are right you don't get rich working for someone else
                        Miller MM210
                        Powcon 300ST
                        Lincoln Weldanpower 225
                        Century Mig 125GS
                        Century 225 AC/DC Stick
                        Hobart Rod Runner, Handler 210
                        Smith O/A

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                        • #13
                          Ok so from i gather from yall is that it is best to work for yourself with your own rig. But how do we get started? how do you get your name out there? it is pretty tempting to make 100 an hour.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Caronine14 View Post
                            Ok so from i gather from yall is that it is best to work for yourself with your own rig. But how do we get started? how do you get your name out there? it is pretty tempting to make 100 an hour.
                            Self-employment taxes, insurance, performance bonds, workman's comp, 15% for social security/medicare, advertising and a slew of other things brings that hundred bucks down to;

                            Working for yourself--- Priceless!

                            I live in a high-growth bedroom community in the 11th richest county in the country. All the little subdivisions have a particular 'stamp' that the builders use for their own 'signature'. One is the mailboxes they put in front of every house, as they are sold. Each subdivision has it's own style.

                            The local welding shop does a great business with these builders and service is the key. When a builder calls for a new mailbox for a house they just sold, the shop knows what style is to be made and fabs one up. It's a basic post with cast ornamentals welded to it. Hanging from an arm is a steel oval or rectangle that they have precut and painted. they send it out to a painter to have the number painted on it - in the same 'handwriting' as the others in the subdivision.

                            Then they install the post in concrete to match the others on the street.

                            A very classy operation. The developers like the one-call does it all aspect.

                            Break into something like that and you'll have a great start.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Caronine14 View Post
                              Ok so from i gather from yall is that it is best to work for yourself with your own rig. But how do we get started? how do you get your name out there? it is pretty tempting to make 100 an hour.
                              Caronine,
                              ther eis a saying I like to think about alot as I make my rounds an d look for stuff, people, ideas and income.

                              it was written to reflect a certain country in the world that I may or may not live in, but I;m very siure that with a subtle change it would suffice to get the point acrtoss to you that its out there.

                              that saying is: "All of the country is gold, you merely have to find it."

                              knock on doors, keep your eyes open for stuff that needs doing or repairing. When you find it, talk to the people, have a smile on your face, be VERY positive ( "yeah I can do that for ya, No Problem!"), neat ad tidy and if you must be in your blueshirts, dont be covered in the last job you did. What ends up happening with time and patience AND determination is that people will come to know you and come looking for you. I guarantee it.

                              I started my gig a few years ago. I was hounded by the yellowpages to get an add. Oaky so I spent a fe thousand dollars and I got a handfull of clients.
                              I spent two hours of my time putting together 5 dollar 12x24 inch signs, nailed them to telephone poles and I got clients that have given me Thousands of dollars. You have to get out there and keep your eyes open. Its REALLY easy.

                              And if you dont know how to do something, Fake it. NEVER EVER let the guy your talking to about a job you ddont think you can do sence that your not confident. You can says yes all you want while meeting with someone and then find the answer on your own time and make his job happen - within reason. Dont build a golden gate bridge when you know you cant. If for some reason you cannot do his job, find someone who can and if your smart you can still make some money.

                              I had two calls today, from people Ive never ever met. I dont have a phone book add, I dont advertise at all in fact. I just get jobs. They come from nowher and its the most satisfying feeling ive ever had (when it comes to work) My work has gone as far north as ALaska and South to Mexico. Ive never been to either palce but my work has... How abou tthe eh? sigh...

                              I hope you can take from this the secret. I hope you will be inspired and find that gold that is right in front of your face and mine and everybodies for that fact. If you ladn one good contract, you feel so good, you'll never ever want to work for someone else again. if fact, dont turn down that pitiful little job, It might be worth $50K some day....

                              Good Luck
                              Rich
                              Will it weld? I loooove electricity!

                              Miller 251/30A spool
                              Syncro200
                              Spectrum 625
                              O/A
                              Precix 5x10 CNC Router12"Z
                              Standard modern lathe
                              Cheap Chinese mill that does the trick... sort of...
                              horizontal 7x12 bandsaw
                              Roland XC540 PRO III
                              54" laminator
                              hammer and screwdriver (most used)
                              little dog
                              pooper scooper (2nd most used...)

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