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welding vs. electrical???

Since I find myself unemployed, I think it's time to go back to school. I don't know who works where on here, but I figure multiple points of view can't hurt. For a while now I've been considering going back to school for either welding or electrical. Yes I'm aware that there are numerous "sub catagories" in each field. I'm speaking on a more generic since. I probably wont be willing to do to much traveling because of my family. So lets hear it, opinions/experinces/gripes/etc... whatever you've got thats relevant to the issue, I want to hear about it.
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Re: welding vs. electrical???

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Re: welding vs. electrical???

I think that electrical has broader applications that will help you stay closer to home and also give you more career choices.

Note that this opinion is from someone that makes a living doing a lot of welding and has a shop at home.

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Re: welding vs. electrical???

I have been welding for 26 years. YES IM OLD
Last year brought home $130,000 and some change not including bonuses and other bennefits.
Just to let you know most welders dont make Shhit when working in a shop, maybe $20 an hour but dont quote me on that.
In oreder to make decent money welding your going to halve to travel, do outages and lots of overtime.
On the good side you can work 9 months out of the year and make close to $100,000 depending on the type of welding you do.
or get in with a great company like myself but as a newbe the money wont be there for awhile.
Just remember anyone can learn to weld and the more you do it the better you get. Also welders are like asssholes they are everywhere so speacialty welding is the way to go.
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I knew a few underwater welders, heard they make great money...
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Re: welding vs. electrical???

Both of those choices come off as manual labor to me more so the welding part, electrical could be ok.

Depending on your age do you really want to do manual labor as you get older. Personally I think welding as a hobby is fun but as a career from what I have seen its flat out sucks.

Typically on deadline
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Tons of PPE (personal protection equipment)
From what someone also said hes been doing it 26 year and is bringing home $130K and that's after 26 years of experience.

What do those positions typically start paying at is a question you could ask.
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Re: welding vs. electrical???

I must agree that the electrical industry has a much broader spectrum of opportunity. I also agree it is hard manual labor. I've been doing it for a looong time and my knees are feeling the miles lately. I think Solar voltaics could be a great course of study. Solar systems are a hot item and highly trained technicians are in demand. It could open up opportunities in sales, installation, and maintenance. Of course it depends on where you live, but might be worth it to check it out. Good luck.

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Re: welding vs. electrical???

well here is my reasoning. i would love to be a business man who makes very good money from sitting at a desk, but to get those types of jobs, you either need to be driven or experienced, or educated. i'm none of the three. but what i am is mechanically inclined, i lack the experience, but i enjoy doing things with my hands. both career fields are in demand. both career fields have longevity to them. and both career fields can be learned at a trade school, as opposed to a college. welding to me has the benifit of learning a trade people are in need of, and anywhere you go, somebody is going to need something welded. i'm interested in it. the money can be good. the heat doesn't bother me, i live in florida, and have worked in a, on average 120degree, kitchen for 9 years. as for electrical, i figure, it's something everybody uses, and i don't see us not useing it before i die. it has a very broad career field, so alot of options. and it's something i'm interested in. both fields offer personal gain of, if i'm a welder, i could weld things for myself or others (on the side). if i'm an electrician, i never need to call one, and i could do work on the side.

honestly i'm going to go up to our technical school today get all the info i can, and then try to come up with a decision. a big factor will probably be the length of time it takes to learn the trade. i just mean that as in, to get my foot in the door. i'm aware that to become a journyman electrician takes a number of years, hours, etc... but you're still working.
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