So exactly what do you have to do to get the best paying welding jobs?
Some things never change. If you want to make top dollar as a welder, you need to weld pipe and you need to be able to pass any pipe welding certification test under the sun. Tig root with a stick fill, 6010 root with 7018 fill, Tig all the way, it shouldn't matter what the welding test is, you need to be able to pass it.
Pipe welding jobs typically pay more than other structural welding jobs. You know Why?
Because Pipe and tubing welding tests are just plain harder to pass than structural welding certification tests.
That in itself makes it harder for the employer to find qualified welders. The laws of Supply and demand take over and the pay goes up in order to attract the best welders.
But be aware, almost across the board , union jobs pay better than non union jobs. This is not a pro union statement. Its just a fact, and lets face it, money is the reason we weld.
The best paying welding jobs according to my internet research are:
Welding for a living can be physically demanding even for a young man. I strongly encourage anyone who gets one of these jobs to seize the opportunity to learn all you can about the trade to make yourself more valuable and so that you can take things to the next level when the time is right.
Every job is ninety-nine percent routine. However, the one percent represents what are known as Critical Incidents. These are events which occur during the normal course of all jobs. If we know what they are, they can give us an important insight to the skills and knowledge required to handle these challenges.
It makes sense to record and analyse what the Critical Incident was, what caused it and how it was handled. Then, we need to know the outcome and the consequences.
Obviously, once we have recorded and analysed the Critical Incident and the outcome we can assess whether or not it was handled successfully or unsuccessfully. If we are going to appoint people who may have to handle similar Critical Incidents in the future, we can formulate questions around the situation and use them to manage the interview process.
If we structure our questions correctly we can gain some insight into the probable behaviour of the candidate in a similar situation. With some thought we can design our questions so that we can predict with some certainty how the person will behave in the future. From a management perspective, this is very important information.
Let’s define a Critical Incident. A Critical Incident is something which has happened during the normal work process. It is an incident which demands that the jobholder must make some response which is different. It is important that it is the type of event that is relevant and observable.
A number of surprises can often occur when collecting critical incidents. Surprises in terms of the level of performance required, surprises in the level of decision-making needed by the jobholder and the effect of the Critical Incident on the job and the business.
It is suggested that a series of typical Critical Incidents are collected with the view to creating interview questions because this, more than anything, will bring relevance to the interview process.
These Critical Incidents are snap-shots in the general flow of events. They are defining points of the extremes of the job. They are small case studies from which we can see the elements of the incident and its performance, how the situation was handled and relationships to other events, conditions and the job as a whole.
A collection of Critical Incidents and their frequency, can often give some indication of the pressure in that particular position. This means that during the interview process and the reference checking, the ability of candidates to cope with the requirements of the job can be assessed.