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[–] gazillions 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

Congratulations.

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[–] Rotteuxx 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Congrats !

It's awesome that you get to step off the assembly line & use you experience in a different way, but you'll miss it somehow at some point, I'm sure.

No worries for posting, it's the same for me. I don’t weld 5 days a week anymore and a lot of jobs are for confidential customers. But that's part of what's great about being in this field, you get to see & learn so much about different technologies.

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[–] Thyhorrorcosmic103 [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I definitely plan on tig welding after hours at least once a week just for fun.

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[–] boredTech 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Hey man, I have zero welding skills but used to be a clerk for a QA department on an oil refinery upgrade. Congratulations! QA is a great job if you have a good crew, and from experience keeping the books clean and not being an ass at least keeps the foremen happy. I really hope you enjoy the new position!

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[–] TheBuddha 1 points 3 points (+4|-1) ago 

It'd seem to me that your employer might be interested in providing you with paid time, time on the clock, to maintain your welding skills and to continue paying for your certifications.

That might be an avenue you wish to explore.

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[–] Thyhorrorcosmic103 [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

My company is the one that certifies me, so they pay for it anyways. Their WPS’s exceed AWS and ASME. All I have to do to maintain my certs is strike an arc every 6 months. And i can use the facilities and equipment anytime i want.

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[–] TheBuddha 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Awesome. I can lay a bead down with stick welding, but I'd not recommend you rely on it and it won't be pretty. I can get a good enough puddle going and even fill stuff, but I'm just a hack. I do own a tig welder, one of the cheap ones that uses the flux core wire. I've never actually welded anything with it. A buddy needed the money, so now I own one.

But, it sounds like a good shop and good employer.

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[–] Opieswife 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Congratulations :)

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[–] Alpha_Voat_Protecter 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Don't worry about posting photos here, we all know that the job (and your financial security) comes first.

Congrats on the promotion, and people tend to be more respective of higher-ups checking their work if they knew the higher-up before his promotion.

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[–] Thyhorrorcosmic103 [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Ive already been an NDT level II for awhile, so ive been one of three people on my shift checking welds and fit up. Now i just dont have to do physical labor anymore. Its going to be nice going home clean. Unless of course i have to do mag particle testing.

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[–] albatrosv15 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

or defense contracts

You mean murder machines?

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[–] Thyhorrorcosmic103 [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Maybe... We build a lot of “water tanks” for the military. Things for satellites, nuclear facilities, stuff that gets blown up for testing. Prototyping. Some things we only build part of because they dont want too many people seeing the whole project.

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[–] Womb_Raider 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

The Department of Defense was once the Department of War, after all.

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[–] BoraxTheFungarian 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Fuck yeah... One more thing to get into! Congratulations yo!

As an aside, first time posting on /v/welding, what do you think about's Brown's or HHO welding? Is it universally applicable?

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[–] 12621329? 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Pay $300 get an argon cylinder and for another $1000 for the machine you can get going with TIG and stick. Otherwise you'll be making brittle trash welds.

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[–] Rotteuxx 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

300$ for argon ? Holy fucking shit balls !

50$ yearly rental & 60$ for a refill in CAD.

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[–] Thyhorrorcosmic103 [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Until your comment, i had never even heard of those process. After looking it up though, it appears to be a brazing or solder process more than a welding process, so not really good for much at all. Unless youre making jewelry.

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