A very common question is whether a welder who works on pipelines can actually make money. Pipeline welding is a common career among welders and many see it as the gateway to a great career. Whether or not you earn a lot of money doing pipeline welding depends mainly on one person – you. If your mind is not there and you are not willing to do all the work necessary to make sure that the job is done as it should be done, then you will not be considered as a serious welder. Your work will not be the kind of quality that many are looking for and you will not earn the kind of money that you are wanting to earn, and could even be fired from your job.
If you are the kind of welder who can focus on the job, make sure that the work is quality work and up to standards, and who takes pride in a job that is well done, then you do have the chance to make a good amount of money as a pipeline welder. When you first start out, like in any career, you will be making the entrance wages and it will take time to work your way up to making the kinds of wages that those who have been doing pipeline welding for years will make.
Everyone knows the saying “Knowledge is Power”. This is true in pipeline welding just like it is in anything else. The more that you know and the more that you practice, the more likely you are to be at the top of your game. If you want to make sure that you earn the highest possible income as a pipeline welder, you need to stay in practice. If you take a long break, it is possible that your skills will rust a bit and that can take some time to shake off. If you haven't been welding for quite some time, it is best to get some more experience and sharpen your skills before you go into pipeline welding so that your skills are sharp, not rusty, and you will earn more.
Certification is very important. Taking breaks from welding can sometimes lead to your certification expiring. If you want to be a pipeline welder, 6G certification is a wonderful thing to have. It's a huge asset to employers and contractors that you will come into contact with. It is a position only available in the pipeline welding field, and those who have this certification are few and far between, making them desired and worth a lot.