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Old 05-16-2012, 03:03 PM   #1
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As you all know im up here in oklahoma going through tulsa welding school. Point being i am going to graduate on august 17th and will be looking for a welding job. I would much rather work for/ or with a fellow tbher than someone else So pm me openings. im willing to move anywhere in the lone star state for the job. would love to build trailers or fence or anything, i really would prefer field work and it must be a steady job with steady work, would prefer at least 50 hours. any questions or advice is welcome.
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Learn how to tig good and find you a job in a a/c shop out of the elements.
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Old 05-16-2012, 03:10 PM   #3
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im a pretty sharp tig welder but i would rather be in the field than in a shop
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Check out P2S....they have a shop on Tulsa and Wichita Falls, Texas
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i also wouldn't mind welding steel buildings or barns for a while
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LOTS of welding jobs down around Cotulla and all over the Eagleford shale area. Friend of mine's son just graduated from welding school and started working down there the following Monday.
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Pipe is where the money and job security is. A good pipe /tube welder will never be out of a job.
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S/S pipe welding is where the big money is at!
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:07 PM   #10
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I know what type welding is money welding but I need to know where I can do it, that's why I wrote this thread
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Old 06-02-2012, 11:44 PM   #12
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Old 06-02-2012, 11:53 PM   #13
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my buddy was welding for bottom line and ems both companies down south u just gotta get ur certs for like bell hole and branch and u can get on he was makin close to 5500$ a week workin 7 on 7 off
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that sounds like my kind of job
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:15 AM   #15
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I used to think I wanted an outside job when I was young(er). Make your choices wisely. I work in the oilfield now on a rig but mostly I lay on the couch and watch TV and play on the net....LOL!

Anything oilfield related always has a premium price tag associated with it. Anywhere in South Texas you should be able to find work on the pipelines.
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South Texas pipelines are going good right now.
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I might be in Tulsa over night one night this week. I will hit you up if I am. You are old enough to have a beer arent you?
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:52 AM   #18
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I might be in Tulsa over night one night this week. I will hit you up if I am. You are old enough to have a beer arent you?
ha no sir im a stunning 19 years untill november
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Give me a pm if your interested in working shutdowns, you dont have to move you just travel to each job and go home when its over, we can teach you what the school didnt.
Several of our Project Mangers graduated from the same school and we hire alot of the guys and gals that graduate there.
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:59 PM   #21
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Head to South Texas. My little brother is down there welding on a pipeline, making around $5k a week. He's 20 years old. He said it's pretty easy to get a job down there.
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i would like to live in south texas when i get out. shorter drive to the coast
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Old 06-05-2012, 07:27 PM   #24
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Ka CHING!!!!! You are so right Clint! I brought home a SA200 yesterday and Blond Huntress freaked! She still isnt convinced that Im not gonna show up with a new truck and a 10k Bob King bed next then start pipelinin'. My son is knockin down 4 grand a week up in Oklahoma welding.
I think Ill keep my job as Safety Director and "play" with the welding thing.....although it would be kinda nice to have a couple sets of papers in my pocket if I got bored with safety LOL

Dont worry Blond Huntress the BK bed wont be ready for at least another 2 months!
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Go west young man.......this is running all the way from far west Texas down to the coast. They will be off our place by August but will still have 500 miles to go.




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Who's the gas company and the contractor on this job?
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:00 PM   #27
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We just started 2 jobs around Pecos. Small gathering stuff right now but that country is about to bust wide open again.
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This x1,000,000!



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Old 06-05-2012, 11:00 PM   #29
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looking for people offering jobs gentlemen.
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Here's a list of pipeline contractors

I don't know if any of them are hiring or where they have work at right now...

J.Irwin company - Paige, TX.
R.D. Quinn - Freestone, TX.
Flint - Palestine, TX.
T&C Construction - Bryan, TX.
Capco Construction - Henderson, TX.
Troy Construction - Houston, TX.
Boots Smith Construction - Laurel MS.
Price-Gregory (Gregory & Cook) - Houston, TX.
Pumpco - Giddings, TX.
Barrilleaux Construction - Oakwood, TX.
Eagle Pipeline Construction - Alvarado, TX.
U.S. Pipeline - Houston, TX.
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Here's a list of pipeline contractors

I don't know if any of them are hiring or where they have work at right now...

J.Irwin company - Paige, TX.
R.D. Quinn - Freestone, TX.
Flint - Palestine, TX.
T&C Construction - Bryan, TX.
Capco Construction - Henderson, TX.
Troy Construction - Houston, TX.
Boots Smith Construction - Laurel MS.
Price-Gregory (Gregory & Cook) - Houston, TX.
Pumpco - Giddings, TX.
Barrilleaux Construction - Oakwood, TX.
Eagle Pipeline Construction - Alvarado, TX.
U.S. Pipeline - Houston, TX.
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We do a lot of work in the midland/Odessa area and it's hopping, also did some work in pleasanton, south of San Antonio, looked like a lot of oilfield work aroun there. Buddy works for stallion oilfield services out of Carizzo springs I think they are always looking for there or around Texas somewhere.
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Do you have a rig or just single hand? I haven't see a welder looking for work in two years here in South Texas.
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I have a couple friends here in Pflugerville that work for McCoys Welding. I believe they are always looking for good welders not afraid to actually work.
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Do you have a rig or just single hand? I haven't see a welder looking for work in two years here in South Texas.
X2! Get ya a rig and go to south Texas. You'll have a job in no time. hardest part is finding a place to stay. There and North Dakota is BOOMING.


Also there's a decent amount of work going on in Mont Belvieu (East of Houston/ North of Baytown.) NOWHERE near the amout of work going on in ND or S Texas but I know Lonestar is doing a lot of expansion down here and we've been crazy busy with work. I'm on 7 12s for at least the next 1-1 1/2 months till I go to Dow.

You could probaly get on with a pipeline company down here, and housing is no problem.


Check out this site:


http://www.indeed.com/



Good luck to ya.



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Make sure you can pass a 6-G butt & branch on 12" .375 X-42/52 before you waste time & money.
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so i guess yalls advice for me is to tack up in a 6G position with some 6 inch pipe and burn rods untill the cows come home.
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so i guess yalls advice for me is to tack up in a 6G position with some 6 inch pipe and burn rods untill the cows come home.
Yes BUT every pipeline welder I know claims to be a "bead hand". I've NEVER heard one claim to be a "capping hand". A slick cap gets more respect than a bead hand. A lot more practice & talent is required IMO.

Practice in 5G position (horizontal plane with a vertical weld) first with test coupons. Don't cheat and "roll it out"! Then take a section of pipe and draw a line around it with soapstone. Grind that line out as if you were grinding your bead to leave a groove. (this is for only a reference to weld) Put a cap on it. Brush it clean, let it cool a little then cap again next to it (no need to grind a ring around the pipe, use the edge of your previous cap as a reference). keep repeating this.

After a good amount of practice, start in on the 6G. Being able to control your weld pool, on the "off" side, on the bottom is critical.

KEEP YOUR MIND ON THE HORIZON!!!! You'll have a tendancy to want to "think" the weld bevel is vertical, it's not when you're on a 45*, remember that and weld accordingly.

ALWAYS get into the best comfortable position you can that's allowed before you even strike an arc.

The BEST advice I can give you is get that stinger in your hand with your hood down. PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!!

Good luck!
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Oh and another thing,

NO GRINDER MARKS AND NO ARC BURNS!!!


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Ive been thinking about this too, whats it cost to get certified ? Ive been welding as a hobby for 20+ years now. At one time took I took the test where we would weld two plates together, cut'em in three pieces and bend them in a "u" shape in the press to see if your welds were any good. Simple enought.
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Yes BUT every pipeline welder I know claims to be a "bead hand". I've NEVER heard one claim to be a "capping hand". A slick cap gets more respect than a bead hand. A lot more practice & talent is required IMO.

Practice in 5G position (horizontal plane with a vertical weld) first with test coupons. Don't cheat and "roll it out"! Then take a section of pipe and draw a line around it with soapstone. Grind that line out as if you were grinding your bead to leave a groove. (this is for only a reference to weld) Put a cap on it. Brush it clean, let it cool a little then cap again next to it (no need to grind a ring around the pipe, use the edge of your previous cap as a reference). keep repeating this.

After a good amount of practice, start in on the 6G. Being able to control your weld pool, on the "off" side, on the bottom is critical.

KEEP YOUR MIND ON THE HORIZON!!!! You'll have a tendancy to want to "think" the weld bevel is vertical, it's not when you're on a 45*, remember that and weld accordingly.

ALWAYS get into the best comfortable position you can that's allowed before you even strike an arc.

The BEST advice I can give you is get that stinger in your hand with your hood down. PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!!

Good luck!
Thanks for the advice. Im gonna make sure to burn a few hundred more rods each week after i weld a few of whatever weld we are working on for the week. Im confident that my 6" 5G and 6G will bend out but i agree that the cap is what gets the respect and thats where i need to fine tune without a doubt.
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Trap-Daddy,

I just had a follow up interview in Longviiew TX with Trinity Rail. Right now they're taking just about every welder they can get at that location.....expect 80 hours a week (Not joking)

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I just had a follow up interview in Longviiew TX with Trinity Rail. Right now they're taking just about every welder they can get at that location.....expect 80 hours a week (Not joking)

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i would jump on that like a fat girl on a snickers but im stuck here in OK untill august 20th.
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Ive been thinking about this too, whats it cost to get certified ? Ive been welding as a hobby for 20+ years now. At one time took I took the test where we would weld two plates together, cut'em in three pieces and bend them in a "u" shape in the press to see if your welds were any good. Simple enought.
Being a plate test, this would certify you for AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code. If you would want to get your own certification, it would cost you about $500 per welding procedure you tested to.

A pipe test like I described earlier, if I have to supply the materials you're looking at $1,500 - $2,000 for API 1104 only. If ANSI B 31.1 is thown in the mix, add another $1,000
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Being a plate test, this would certify you for AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code. If you would want to get your own certification, it would cost you about $500 per welding procedure you tested to.

A pipe test like I described earlier, if I have to supply the materials you're looking at $1,500 - $2,000 for API 1104 only. If ANSI B 31.1 is thown in the mix, add another $1,000
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Being a plate test, this would certify you for AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code. If you would want to get your own certification, it would cost you about $500 per welding procedure you tested to.

A pipe test like I described earlier, if I have to supply the materials you're looking at $1,500 - $2,000 for API 1104 only. If ANSI B 31.1 is thown in the mix, add another $1,000
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This is why you test for the company you will be workin for. Then it doesn't cost you a dime. Besides, papers or no papers, I've never welded for a company that DIDN'T make you test first.

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i would jump on that like a fat girl on a snickers but im stuck here in OK untill august 20th.
I worked for this outfit years ago when I first broke out. It's a production shop, sweat shop to me, that pays nothing. You can do waaaaay better, money wise that is.
If you are a single hand welder, I know of a couple jobs here in Tx that are about to kick off. One is in Marble Falls. Not sure on the pay. Depends on what you test on, but you would be lookin at anywhere from 26 to 29 an hr + per diem and 50 hrs a week.
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Yes BUT every pipeline welder I know claims to be a "bead hand". I've NEVER heard one claim to be a "capping hand". A slick cap gets more respect than a bead hand. A lot more practice & talent is required IMO.

The BEST advice I can give you is get that stinger in your hand with your hood down. PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!!

Good luck!
Excellent statement Tubby! I hate ugly caps. They are a reflection on the welders ability and the company's reputation. My son can lay down a slick cap but would rather run beads.
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Excellent statement Tubby! I hate ugly caps. They are a reflection on the welders ability and the company's reputation. My son can lay down a slick cap but would rather run beads.
Bead hands "usually" get 1-2 extra hours paid per day for running beads.

Running beads is doing nothing but working yourself out of a job. Someone else sets the pace for you. The spacing hand clamps it, butts it up, beats out the hi-low, gets the space, and the welder lights the fire... *******s and elbows! Nothing but shoulder to the holder!

Hot-pass hand will tick off more welders in a heartbeat than you can imagine. I can't tell you how many times I've heard someone from the firing line complain when they come up to nothing more than a "smoke ring" left by a hot-pass hand in a hurry trying to keep up with the front end.

On the firing line, the lead hand sets the pace and I guarantee you he's in granny gear!

BUT with all of that being said, most of the time the bead hands get to stay for tie-ins and really sop up the gravy!
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