Youngest son wants to become a welder

Azone

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Everyone can weld. The guy who can make a bevel cut with a torch and slag it with a welding rod, knock a root land and go is the guy you want to be quiet and pay attention to. Welding is easier than solid torchmanship in my eyes.
I agree 100 percent with this comment. I’ve met multiple guys through out the years who flat out suck with the torch. Layout and fit up are what impress me most anymore. I mean I hope the guy can weld if he’s calling himself a welder.
 

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Don’t end up in the trailer factory. I have nightmares about that kinda monotonous shit.
In a small fab shop your never gonna make YouTube money. Too many people think there gonna make 100k running mig wire and it’s hard not to laugh.
Get some certs to show potential employers he is serious and then get a apprenticeship and keep his eyes and ears open and mouth shut unless it’s a serious question about how to perform a task is my advice.
I was a former broom pusher in a fab shop, mid teen years, who is now running my own fab shop somewhere in my early thirties now. It has good days and bad days. My best welding advice would be to become an electrician or plumber.🙂
 

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Contact the local pipe fitters union and ask what he needs to do to get an apprenticeship there OR have him look for jobs at unionized gas utility companies and go through the progression to get a pipe fitter apprenticeship through them. The difference will be traveling for work through the union vs covering an area for a utility.
 
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I want to thank everyone who has contributed so far. Taking it all in and will be talking to him this week to have a discussion about were his head is on this.

Please keep the advice coming!
 
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Send to trades school, job to train, or have other job and buy welder and practice

I do early bronco restoration on the side in the military. Was gonna pay someone to do body work and instead bought welder and found local guy to train me for a few weekends.

Now I am able to do light welding (no expert my any means).

Just my .02 cents

Either way. Gotta love what ya do and have passion. Money $$ only goes so far.

Hope he finds his passion.


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The TIG welders in the marine industry that do the aluminum piping on high end center consoles and cats like Freeman, Invincible, Sea Vee, Yellowfin, Contender, etc. are in high demand, and make big bank.
I don't know about big bank. That must depend on location. I came up building custom boats in Skagit county Washington. I know a lot of guys at a lot of shops and nobody is making big bank. Union drywallers and Seattle bartenders make more money than welders where I'm from. Unless you're in a solid union, welding is just another bust ass labor job. $30/hr if you're lucky, top guys maybe make close to 40 after years at the company. Minimum wage is $15. Union guys make more but any union job in the greater Seattle area pays well. Welding wouldn't be in my top 5 choices.
 
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Update: Wanted to say thanks again to all who chimed in on this. After talking it over with my son, he is going to step back and make sure this is the path he wants to take before jumping in. Thanks again.

Side note: I now want to learn to weld. Always have actually but never committed, so I'm looking at welders now and have a question. ***Edit: going to start a new thread for my question to let this thread die.
 
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A cousin welded underwater stuff, nuke plants in France, the whole bit. Hand-made stuff like you couldn’t believe. Made an absolute ton of money until he drank himself to death. An impressive skill and trade.
 
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