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I'm 24 and Just had my first welding lesson this week, 12 week course City & Guilds, hoping to progress to level 3 and then become a coded welder, preferably 6g and maybe a few flat positions aswell TIG or MMA in pipe welding as my main goal is to work offshore and try and set a career up for life,m a Newb but so very mich eager to weld and i am really interested in pursuing this and hopefully becoming a coded welder but i'm not up to scratch on all processes yet. I'm a screen printer but also have lithographic experience, i'm done with printing doesn't interest me one bit and want to get into welding and learn a new skill obviosly one that i like, i'm guna take this as serious as i possibly can an put my all in it! Anyone have any input for me? Any will be appreciated (no negativity) i despise that, but serious realistic input?

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    0861788249 2017-01-22 11:02:27

    This depends highly on what you are looking for in a career and which type of welding you get into. Welding is considerably dangerous due to surrounding hazards and is also pretty hard on your health due to welding fumes, intense light etc. The money however can vary quite greatly. Welders make between $400 and $5,000 a week depending on where you work. If you work in a shop doing simple welding such as MIG welding on boat trailers, boats etc you will make very little (usually between $8 and $15 an hour). Structural steel shop welders usually make between $15 and $25 an hour and pipeline welders make between $4,000 and $5,000 a week (if you have your own welding rig). It's a very highly desirable and sought after skill. People don't want to do manual labor or work in extreme hot or cold temperatures anymore, so people shy away from this profession. Welders are also typically immature and tend to think very highly of themselves. It is estimated that over 1,000,000 welders died or retired in the last 5 years. The demand is out there, the pay is decent and it's an honest living.

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