Re: Lets see them welds!!!
Now not picking on you really,just being contrary I guess.
Anyways,did you all know that being a certified welder means little?
I'll explain,to become certified as a welder,means you have taken a welding test and a company has passed you on that test,test was done to code/specs or something like that.
Now,there are all kinds of tests,any where from a tacker test flat,to a 45 degrees fixed postion pipetest,that is bent,or x-rayed.
There are many different welding processes as the man explained a little above,now you could be certified with mig only,and than only with mig flat on a fillit weld. So,that certification would just be good for flat mig fillit welds,the individual may have never even seen a stick rod or might think you light a tig torch,but he would be certified,a certified welder!
Now not talking about you,ihcubguy,you are probably as slick as they come,just explaining to some who have heard that term,certified welder,and never really thought about what it could mean really.
Also,certification is not good for life,and will be no good,if you havn't been working and proving you still got the skill with the company[companies],that certified you.[eyes get bad,bellies get bigger,and hands sometimes shake more].
I have many old cert papers,keep them for their memories you might say,but they ain't worth nothing now. And couldn't pass most of same tests now if I was given the chance by some company to take them.
Eyes wore out,belly is bigger,hands shake a little more,etc,plus I've been out of the rod burning business for a while,been inspecting for many years,off and on.Thats the way it works with most things that you use your body for,look at poor ole lance earnhardt today,what is he,35 or something? and that tour de france ate him up today,he's over the hill.