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How often do you rely on blueprints and other symbols when working on welding projects? I’ve come across many welders that rarely (if ever) use blueprints. Many don’t even know the most basic of welding symbols. Now, that’s not a problem if you don’t intend on making a career out of welding. To work in most industries though, such as the auto industry, you will need to know this information. Pretend that you’re back in welding school. You’re the lucky pupil sitting in the center of the first row. Pop quiz! Wipe the sweat off your brow before the others... Continue »
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Where do I begin? Welcome to the official blog for Baker's Gas- WeldMyWorld.com. The idea behind this blog is to be more than your typical "do-it-yourself" sort. Whether your knowledge about welding is as shallow as Paris Hilton or you're the Tiger Woods of welders, WeldMyWorld.com hopes to be a place where welders of all skill levels can come to be informed and entertained. Now, back to our feature presentation. . . The beauty in being a welder is knowing that your skill will always be needed. No matter how much technology advances, no matter what state the economy is... Continue »
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Like distant relatives, this is an issue that will never go away. Like distant relatives, this is an issue that we need to set straight. The concern with how a pacemaker will react during the process of welding is a reoccurring topic in the welding world. The main question: Can I still weld if I use a pacemaker? Pacemakers are medical devices that help the heart maintain a normal rhythm. These electrical devices are implanted in cardiac patients. The electromagnetic energy that is present during welding is random, so there is no way to predict exactly how a pacemaker will... Continue »
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It was the “welding” before Christmas. . . I could continue, but I won’t. I’m interested in the story of what you’re doing for the holidays this year. Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, often welders use their skills to spread holiday joy. Check out some of the ways you can celebrate the holiday through welding. All around the country light displays are popping up, and it wasn’t Santa’s magic that created it. For Christmas 2004, the welding department of New Mexico Junior College created a display for the light show at Harry McAdams park. The project is the... Continue »
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Fast becoming one of the most in demand job markets, welding makes a great career for those who may already list it as a hobby. Yet, whether you have just ventured into welding or are a seasoned enthusiast, you may be stuck on how to make the leap from a garage craftsman to a professional welder. Because of the expanding market and advancing technology, to be a truly successful welder, one needs to have credentials. In the past, one may have been able to get by on experience alone, but today that isn't enough, as the best in the business... Continue »
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Keeping with the spirit of the last post, below are two of the most common areas of freelancing (outside of welding itself) that welders can enter and some tips on how you can start your career in freelance welding. Freelance Welding Instructor The basic qualifications to be a freelance welding instructor depend largely on what your client needs. Bare minimum level of knowledge and skill required include: + An associate degree in welding or a bachelor’s degree in a related field + 2-6 years of experience as a welder – some want work experience and others will accept verifiable recreation... Continue »
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Spending time in welding forums I’ve noticed a great divide between welders – those that are finding more work than they can handle, and those that are desperate for work and have been unemployed for months. It seems that there are plenty of jobs for skilled welders with experience and plenty of job-hunting ahead for those without it. The Good News The good news is that there are jobs available for those with five to ten years of experience, and for them the job market will only get better. The current average age of welders is 54 and, according to... Continue »
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It’s not every occupation that can say “Barracudas like to watch.” Described by some as exciting, strenuous, and dangerous, underwater welding is one of the most difficult branches of welding to be a part of. As diver-welder John Quilici puts it,“ You’re underwater, playing with electricity. It doesn’t seem like a good combination, but it works quite well.” The History Channels “Modern Marvels” series did an episode on welding, spending a few minutes on the dangerous life of underwater diver-welders. So you’ve watched the video, and you are still interested in being an underwater diver-welder. Where do you begin? Underwater... Continue »
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These days, in order to be marketable, a welder needs to be able to practice a wide variety of welding techniques like, submerged arc, resistance, high-frequency resistance, induction, ultrasonic and electron-beam welding. But today there is a technique that is becoming more popular that can (and very well might) replace all of these aforementioned processes. Laser welding is a process by which light energy, either visible light or invisible (infrared), is focused, absorbed into materials and converted to thermal energy. Twenty years ago laser welding was still in its infancy and was seen as a rare, expensive and even unnecessary... Continue »