Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Millen Area,Georgia
It's really hard for me to say what exactly is my favorite part of Fabrication,Erection or Welding since it involves a wide variety of job descriptions as an Ironworker in the past 30 years.
I LOVE being on a New Construction iron job..hanging iron as a connector for 15 years has to of been one of THEE most rewarding work i've ever done..it's bust a$$ work,but very rewarding after the day is over and most of all..when the iron is "topped out" and yo stand back and say"yea i hung all that iron in the sky"...
Dragging and welding deck on the iron with the guys,crackin jokes,and playin jokes on each other just to make the day go by a lil better and connect that "bond" with each other..
Driving bullpins and barrell pins in holes all day with 8# plus short handled sledge hammers(we call them "beaters") to get it all bolted up...
Welding up Moment welds up on the iron with Stick or Fluxcore totin around an LN-25 Lincoln "suitcase" all day long....
Fabrication shops Fitting up structural iron..or ornamental..or welding with Fluxcore,stick or one thing i think i really miss is runnin JetRod all day welding up connection clips,angles,wing plates..braces...etc..that JetRod is a sweet runnin rod,,practicly runs itself .
Running a good Victor torch all day long cutting,notching...etc..running an ironworker all day punching holes,nipping angles...etc
The Past 11 years or so i've been workin mostly in Nuclear power plants on Refuel outages and modifications,everything in there is done by the book and VERY strict on clearances and welding procedures and finished results.
This is where i "fine tuned" my fabrication and welding abilities,plus i have been sent to many rigging classes through the nuclear industry to become what they consider a "master rigger"..i never consider myself a master rigger..thats just a name for me so they can peg a fault on ME if something ever happens under my supervision.
I have also brushed up on my TIG welding there,and i LOVE TIG welding,but the pipefitters get most of that work as far as TIG.
If i HAD to choose what i was going to do the rest of my career as far as fabrication..i think it would be a hard decision between fabricating/fitting or behind a hood all day running any type of welding process,it's just too hard for me to say i like one more than the other since i just plain LOVE to build things.
I could go on and on about some of the things i love about fabrication/welding,but i think i'll end my long wind here..lol
One thing i will say,i turned 50 last december,had a heart attack and 3 stents in my heart 3 years ago this month...now i can not do the things i used to love so much at work as far physical bust a$$ work...just enjoy all the hard work while you can do it and making good freinds while doing it,everytime i am on a job and as a boss when I see the guys having fun cussing each other,joking and High 5'n each other on the iron?..i get jealous....
Don't DREAM your life, LIVE your dreams
Never forget 9/11
"Welding is like a woman,Get 'er HOT and Penetrate"
Gotta LOVE a person who knows everything about NOTHING
The only Thing necessary for the Evil to win is a good man to do nothing....
"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young,compassionate with the aged,sympathetic with the striving,and tolerant with the weak and strong--because someday YOU will have been all of these"....George Washington Carver
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