Some of you may already have given yourselves a light touch. You have given yourself a few tryouts in your home garage. It’s a bit of light welding work and you’re probably using what the pros will call a basic welding machine. Professional welders will, on the other hand, be using orbital welding equipment on a regular basis. It is a sophisticated inventory line, more or less. But just how deep into the welding business are you right now?
And by the way, if you are still reading this now, you have probably done your housekeeping and risk management well enough around the welding area. Look at your person, first and foremost. You are probably wearing protective gloves and coveralls while you work. But most important of all, you are probably wearing that face mask that the public identifies with the work that welders do. All they see when they walk past a work site (and they must never be too close) are sparks flying.
If you do not take the proper precautions, you could injure yourself quite grievously. So guys, by all means, enjoy your work, but do take proper care. Now that you’re having so much fun and inspiration with your DIY work (you’ve even managed to build metal chairs and a table for the patio area), you might be thinking in terms of starting up your own business. Setting up shop is one thing (that can always be done) but getting through your trade test is quite another.
Chaps, this does take some doing. Are you game? A recognized trade training period or apprenticeship can take up to six years to complete. It is almost like studying to be a doctor, wouldn’t you know.