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Posted: 10/5/2005 5:10:18 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/5/2005 5:15:00 PM EDT by paul_the_welder]
Curious if there were any fellow welders in arfcom.
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 5:14:20 PM EDT
Yup. I used to weld high pressure pipe (20,000 psi) when I worked in the oil industry. Now I make rockets for a major aerospace company. Been welding for about 26 years now. I'm picking it up pretty good too.
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 5:15:17 PM EDT
I think there are a few. Just a "weekend welder", here! I'll listen to any advise you want to pass along, though...
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 5:15:50 PM EDT

So what kind of rocket degree did you get?
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 5:16:44 PM EDT
No degree here, just a wheelbarrow full of certs.
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 5:17:51 PM EDT

Well if you have any questions shoot'em this way.
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 5:18:39 PM EDT
so do you weld on the rockets or design them ?
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 5:22:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By paul_the_welder:
so do you weld on the rockets or design them ?

I weld on the rocket and its sub assemblys. Friction stir (FSW), TIG, VPPA (Variable Pulse Plasma Arc) and some MIG on one of the older types. 2219 aluminum mostly. Some SS and we are getting some titanium parts to weld soon.

Link Posted: 10/5/2005 5:23:10 PM EDT
I weld at work but I don't weld for a living. We make a few parts that need to be welded, and out of the three people that I started doing this work with, I was the only person who learned to do it.

I can only TIG weld.... ....kinda funny as most people can stick and mig.

You should see my stick welding.... ....it is really bad!!!
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 5:25:30 PM EDT
Did anyone see the video of the crab getting sucked through a pinhole in a 3,000 PSI pipe?

Link Posted: 10/5/2005 5:26:08 PM EDT

Can i have your job? Friction stir? never heard of it, please elaborate.
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 5:28:24 PM EDT
nah i missed the crab sucking episode. got a clip?
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 5:31:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By paul_the_welder:
Can i have your job? Friction stir? never heard of it, please elaborate.

FSW=solid state welding. The metals never melt but plastisize and are stirred together under tremendous pressure by a "pin" that looks similar to a bolt. The pin spins and is forced into the joint, then forced along the joint for the full length. This is a relatively new process and is propriatory in its main detail.
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 5:31:43 PM EDT
Weekend welder for the most part, but I do a lot of auto body restorations.
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 5:32:37 PM EDT

Originally Posted By paul_the_welder:
nah i missed the crab sucking episode. got a clip?


This is a very cool vid! It was passed around several years ago.
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 5:32:47 PM EDT
Stick, Mig, Oxy/Acetylene, and Tig. I play a welder on TV. I burn a 15lb spool of wire in a week sometimes, when I am not on the other show playing a BioMed Engineer.
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 5:35:32 PM EDT
I got a couple of lil cards that have 3g, 4g, AWS, and gmaw/fcaw and SMAW, and ASTM A-36 on em. But I'm not sure what they mean.
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 5:41:45 PM EDT
You call yourself a "WELDER"?

The machine is a welder, you are the "WELDOR".

Jeez. You ought to think someone who works in the field should know.

Link Posted: 10/5/2005 5:43:45 PM EDT
im excited about my new job. Its 15 min from my house. which is amazing because i live out in the country. Its piece work , all tig. I welded out 2 20inch 347 stainless schedule 40 pieces of pipe in 6 hours and made 200$. i was home by 3pm. The best part is since its piece work they dont care when I come in or leave since there not paying me by the hour and they cant make me do anything but weld.
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 5:49:42 PM EDT
You working in a yard or a trench or on a rack? Man, you can have my share of that! I work in an airconditioned building that stays between 69 and 72 degrees with no more than 60 percent humidity allowed. Best job I ever had. You couldn't run me outa there with a shitty mop!
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 5:52:56 PM EDT

sometimes out in the yard. I've only had the job two weeks. ive been in a little shop building the whole time. Not Ac or anything! Its got a home made wood stove in the corner, does that count.
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 7:07:39 PM EDT
Yep, I have been known to light up.

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