While pipe welding can be accomplished with TIG, MIG, Stick and Flux Core welding methods, more than one of these methods are commonly used during the course of a pipe application, which is commonly referred to “combination” welding. If you are seeking employment as a pipe welder, it is wise to understand the 4 most widely used methods for pipe welding in order to prepare for the welding tests that are conducted during interviews.
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- TIG pipe welding: If you will be welding pipe via TIG welding, you must be able to use the “walking the cup” technique. You can accomplish this technique either by ratcheting, wobbling or sliding the cup. Whichever technique you use, you must be able to sufficiently implement it for your welds to pass inspection.
- MIG pipe welding: When MIG welding, adjusting your technique based on the type of metal or alloy being welded is an important component in this method. For example, if you are welding stainless steel versus carbon steel pipe, it will require different shield gases and need to be purged using argon to prevent sugaring or granulation of the weld.
- Stick pipe welding: Stick welding is widely used for multiple types of welding, including pipe. For some, it can be difficult to master without adhering to the CLAM method, which is adjusting the current setting for proper application; determining the correct arc length; properly manipulating the electrode; and achieving a balanced speed of travel.
- Flux cored welding: Flux cored welding, as known as Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), produces fast, quality welds or overhead welding using essentially the same equipment needed for MIG welding on minimally prepared surfaces in windy conditions, which is the reason its wide usage in pipe welding.
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When searching for a pipe welding job, you may find that you lack experience in one of the welding methods required by companies for their pipe applications. In that case, you have the option of searching for entry level positions that will introduce you to other methods and tips for pipe welding. At Employment Solutions, we can assist you with finding positions that match your qualifications and creating application materials that will increase your chances of gaining interviews. Schedule an appointment today with a member of Employment Solutions’ experienced staff by calling (877) 880-4473, so we can get started on helping you find your dream job.