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hello. i had been looking for welding jobs for a while now. i took a years worth of welding courses at the local community college and have done my own welding but i had never welded for a job before. i did great on my entrance weld test for Mc Neilus. they are the company that makes like 98% of the garbage and cement trucks in the usa. they are a proven leader in safety, ventilation, pay, bonuses, and insurance. hard to get into but i did last week.

i thought i would share a couple of pics of the weld tests i took.

first pic is of my G-3 open root using thin 1/4" mild steel. this is a vertical but joint with about a quarter inch gap. 100% penetration is required...which i did! [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] here is the front.
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here is the pic of the backside. notice how it looks similar to the front due to the 100% penetration.
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this pic is of the multi joint weld test. it contains a F-1 lap joint, and a F-2 T-joint. there is a block in the center of the T-joint that you must go completely around without stoping. my poor pics just don't do these joints justice...

the material is 1/4" mild steel. the welder i used was an old hobart MIG using 90/10 gas mix and .035 solid wire. i don't have pics of the F-3 T-joint and F-3 lap joint test but i passed them with no problems.

just really happy and thought i would show some pics. before last fall all of my welds looked like globs of bird $hit.
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Great job!!!!!!!!!!
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Very nice looking welds . Did you find that the class helped as much as time spent running bead ?
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Congrats on the new job and well done on those welds. Its a talent I have never undertaken but I know a good weld when I see one. Yours is good work. Well done! [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img]
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Re: PassedD Weld Test for New Job! pics included

sammi_davis, i learned a ton about welding basics such as machine set up at school but a text book can only teach you so much. the skill took me lots and lots and lots of practice and the biggest help was having a trained instructor watch and tell me what i was doing wrong and how to correct it.



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Re: PassedD Weld Test for New Job! pics included

Blue_zuk : Congrats! Pics are a bit dark, but they look like some nice welds!

Sammi Davis : I can't speak for everybody else, but the class I took helped tons. True, there no substitute for running beads, but I found it extremely helpful to have a knowledgable instructor looking over my shoulder. My instructor would let me run a short bead, then offer constuctive criticism. (bead is too wide, moving to fast, rod angle wrong, etc).

My Karate Sensei always said it's not just practice that makes perfect, it's perfect practice that makes perfect
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