Posted 25 March 2016 - 07:49 AM
Apart from the business degree, C&G welding is my only formal paper qualification, MMA, gas, Mig, Tig. Back in the day (mid-70s) I was both Lloyds Class 1 and ASME 9.
I was already working as a welder-fabricator when I went for the C&G (two evenings a week, a trade test exempted me from the first year - in fact I taught the instructor how to do 'conventional' welding as distinct from 'stove pipe'). The very first instructor I ever had always made the point that there were "welders and people who knew how to weld".
That all came to an end when I developed, of all things, tennis elbow, which meant I could no longer work on site doing the positional welding essential, unavoidable, on the gas pipelines that were branching out across the country back then. I did go on to "surface work" on the terminals, but it was getting to the point where my elbows were getting so bad that I was afraid the problem would stop me altogether. I got a fabulous job in a small workshop doing jobbing work and development work making "customised municipal vehicles", which is how I ended up with a Class 1 HGV because someone had to drive them out to test them and demonstrate them to the customer. (I didn't need anything more than Class 2, but the instructor offered to take me to Class 1 if I slipped him a couple of quid on top of what the company was paying him, and the company didn't mind anyway.)