They do not like physical demands, stress, and job outlook.
Miller had a blog article protesting this and I think that they are
partly right, that many weldors just like what they are doing and that
compensates for some of the disadvantages.
Well I had a job as a roustabout ( worse job out of 200 ). And I
preferred it to general laborer. For one the pay was much better.
Almost $3 / hour as I remember vs less than $1.25 / hr for general
laborer. I remember another summer hire and I working extra hard to
impress a summer hire that was working with electricians that this was
hard work and therefore he might not want to try to take one of our
jobs. It was a warm day ( maybe 100 F in the shade, but we were not
in the shade) and we worked one of the regular crew into the shade.
Whoever wrote that up has no clue about the range of welder jobs
available. Pipeline and structural welding can be pretty grim work but
there are a fair number of production welding jobs. Our production
welders were doing smaller units while sitting on a stool, air
conditioning and dust precipitators running full blast. And the robot
welder guys spent an awful lot of time with a teach pendent in hand,
more like video gaming than brutal work.
We actually had a new guy that was complaining that the temp was up to
78 degrees in late afternoon when the outside temp was around 100 and
humidity right up there. A couple of the older guys took him aside and
explained this was the best he was ever going to see and that he should
SHUT UP. Chuckle.
I agree with Miller that it is likely a 'point of view' thing.
Only seven of 200 jobs are more desirable than that of Statistician,
according to the author, who took on the task of creating, tabulating,
analyzing, and interpreting the numeric results of surveys. :)
At position 133 is 'Corporate Executive (Senior)'. I imagine it would
be more highly rated if it did not entail such continuous and profound
depravity. That must get boring after the first couple years.
I wonder what these results would look like if each job were categorized
by a Roustabout. I suspect that 'Statistician' would not be at the
tippy top of the list.
That is somewhat like the boss telling the employee: "You don't need a raise,
you already work
plenty of overtime." or the tv repairman leaving the customers home, the
clients tv still in hundreds of
peices strewn all over the living room, as he goes out the front door looking
back over his shoulder at the
bewildered client the repairman shrugs his shoulders and says: "I dunno, I
guess I just lost interest...."
or maybe something different altogether.
There is another- The positions you must put yourself into in order to
reach and weld some dooderhicky that was overlooked until after all the
electrical, piping, cabinets, consoles, and such were installed.
Many shipyard weldors are half contortionist, half yoga-master, with a
dash of ornery added for flavor.
I spent five years working at a dairy, and I did odd jobs for all the
farmers around our home when I was growing up.
Ever since then, I always remind myself- If I can deal with everything
put out by the south-end of a north-bound cow for 5 years, I can deal
with anything for at least a few months.
I, on the other hand, enjoy touching the thing that's going out the door
and seeing it work.
I prefer to call it 'software engineer' in hopes that my colleagues will
occasionally actually bother themselves to apply science to what they're
doing, instead of just avoiding code reviews so they can aimlessly toss
code together and throw it over the wall to the testing group with a
sneer about process.
Either name is probably an equally good, or bad, label for what goes on
when the process is done right.
Embedded software? Are we talking cotton vs. flannel sheets, or perhaps
(sorry, I couldn't resist ;)
As an aside, how did you two (Tim and Iggy) get into welding? Do you
guys write code for programmable robots or something?
I learned it at my dad's shop when I was in high school. I was doing
most of the maintenance on the molds for the shop (it manufactures bodies
and fenders for Fords from the late '20's to the mid '40's), and building
the steel reinforcing structure for the fender molds -- 1/2" square
tubing with 1/16" walls, using 3/32" 6013 and an AC welder that looked
like it had been manufactured only days after Westinghouse hired Tesla.