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PILE DRIVER/WELDER: I Like Welding, It's Easy

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Glen shares his story of being and pile driver and a welder. He talks about what his job entails and shares how he got into the business, thanks to some prodding by his father. He also shares his opinion about the physical toll and wage opportunities involving other jobs
or trades found in a construction site.

Job Title: Pile Driver / Welder

Job Summary: Pile-Driver Operators

Job Description

Pile-Driver operators use large machines mounted on skids, barges, or cranes to hammer piles into the ground. Piles are long, heavy beams of wood or steel driven into the ground to support retaining walls, bridges, piers, or building foundations. Some Pile-Driver operators work on offshore oil rigs.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Varies by State

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$30,000 - $80,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
30 to 40 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Outdoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Courageous, Hand-eye coordination, Technical skills, Strength/stamina

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
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