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PILE DRIVER/WELDER: You Have A Great Job And You Make Lots Of Money

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Edward shares his story about being a pile driver/welder in the construction industry. He talks about a day looks like for him and how he got into the business. Although Edward's message for students is to stay in school he also adds that being a pile driver/welder is a great job, with good pay and good benefits.

Job Title: Pile Driver / Welder

Job Summary: Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Job Description

People in these roles set up, operate, or tend welding, soldering, or brazing machines or robots that weld, braze, solder, or heat treat metal products, components, or assemblies. This includes workers who operate laser cutters or laser-beam machines.

On-the-Job Training

Extensive training is usually required for less experienced workers.

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$30,000 - $40,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
2 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Military
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Strength/stamina, Technical skills, Likes working with hands, Mathematical skills

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m='13190'>shop</span> <span m='13810'>talk,</span> <span m='14870'>tells you</span> <span m='15100'>what you're going to</span> <span m='15200'>do</span> <span m='15320'>for</span> <span m='15420'>the</span> <span m='15530'>day,</span> <span m='15760'>lays you</span> <span m='15980'>out</span> <span m='16270'>for</span> <span m='16340'>the</span> <span m='16430'>day,</span> <span m='17310'>and</span> <span m='17510'>then</span> <span m='17680'>you</span> <span m='17970'>get</span> <span m='18120'>out</span> <span m='18290'>there</span> <span m='18420'>and</span> <span m='18510'>do</span> <span m='18660'>it,</span> <span m='18880'>make</span> <span m='19040'>some</span> <span m='19170'>money,</span> <span m='19700'>go</span> <span m='20060'>home.</span> </p><p><span m='20730'>Right</span> <span m='21110'>now,</span> <span m='21270'>I'm</span> <span m='21500'>welding.</span> <span m='21820'>We</span> <span m='22140'>do</span> <span m='22280'>structural</span> <span m='22780'>steel.</span> <span m='25190'>Ballast</span> <span m='25850'>work</span> <span m='26110'>consists</span> <span m='26570'>of</span> <span m='27040'>putting</span> <span m='27310'>things</span> <span m='27630'>in</span> <span m='27920'>to</span> <span m='28280'>make</span> <span m='28610'>something</span> <span m='28770'>work,</span> <span m='29650'>then</span> <span m='30220'>they</span> <span m='30380'>take</span> <span m='30620'>it</span> <span m='30720'>out</span> <span m='31020'>at the end of</span> <span m='31200'>the</span> <span m='31300'>job.</span> <span m='32040'>I</span> <span m='32540'>started</span> <span m='32810'>off as</span> <span m='33540'>electronics,</span> <span m='34390'>and</span> <span m='35590'>what</span> <span m='35720'>ended</span> <span m='35850'>up</span> <span m='35950'>happening</span> <span m='36300'>was,</span> <span m='36470'>I</span> <span m='36550'>saw</span> <span m='36790'>my</span> <span m='36940'>friend</span> <span m='38560'>getting</span> <span m='38830'>money</span> <span m='39090'>lots</span> <span m='39320'>of</span> <span m='39380'>money</span> <span m='39620'>at</span> <span m='40020'>the</span> <span m='40110'>refinery.</span> <span m='41430'>And</span> <span m='41670'>I said,</span> <span m='41750'>oh,</span> <span m='42100'>I'm going</span> <span m='42190'>to</span> <span m='42250'>do</span> <span m='42400'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='43010'>And</span> <span m='43400'>I</span> <span m='43490'>dropped</span> <span m='43800'>out</span> <span m='43880'>of</span> <span m='43950'>school,</span> <span m='44350'>went</span> <span m='44490'>into</span> <span m='44760'>this,</span> <span m='45840'>and</span> <span m='46120'>it's</span> <span m='46400'>pretty</span> <span m='46470'>good.</span> <span m='46870'>Actually,</span> <span m='47340'>I'm</span> <span m='47580'>dirty,</span> <span m='48700'>they're</span> <span m='48920'>clean</span> <span m='49430'>if I'd have</span> <span m='49920'>stuck into</span> <span m='50340'>electronics.</span> <span m='51710'>So,</span> <span m='52180'>my</span> <span m='52310'>suggestion</span> <span m='52630'>is</span> <span m='52950'>stay in</span> <span m='53300'>school,</span> <span m='54650'>but</span> <span m='55090'>this</span> <span m='55280'>is</span> <span m='55320'>really</span> <span m='55530'>good.</span> <span m='56240'>You have</span> <span m='57760'>a</span> <span m='57870'>good</span> <span m='60590'>health and</span> <span m='61010'>welfare,</span> <span m='61920'>they have really</span> <span m='62360'>good</span> <span m='63400'>dental</span> <span m='63950'>plans.</span> <span m='64400'>That's</span> <span m='66220'>a</span> <span m='67470'>union.</span> <span m='69080'>So,</span> <span m='69410'>Pile</span> <span m='69740'>Drivers</span> <span m='70130'>Local 34</span> <span m='70525'>out</span> <span m='70920'>of</span> <span m='71315'>Oakland.</span> <span m='72390'>Really</span> <span m='72690'>good.</span> <span m='72990'>Love</span> <span m='73290'>it.</span> </p>","file":{"id":291123,"video_id":"2711569426001","name":"1168-Edward-p-PileDriver-Welder 2","duration":74397,"thumbnail_url":null}});