This is a long article full of my various ramblings related to my experience trying to get hired on one of the current jobs being offered in Virgina for $50.00 hr pipe welders. I didn’t make it after less than 5 hours. I figured I would share some of my thoughts/experiences.
A search on Indeed will show many jobs but they all end up at the same place! Leased labor at Huntington Ingalls Shipyard is where I would have been if successful.
I have welded for about 38 years. I am by no means the slickest but can get by in most cases. My skills cover a wide range of welding related activities and I am by no means a standout in any of them. I’m sure many more that have been involved in this process but I couldn’t find any information online. I am by no means an expert in welding or this specific test, as you will see, my time was VERY SHORT!
Around November 30th of 2017, I noticed a job posted in one of the groups online for pipe welders, $50.00 an hour. I had to check it out! I reviewed the requirements and they were all things I had done in the past. Albeit a long time ago. It was all related to shipbuilding and my experience as a welder started out as a US Navy Nuclear Power Plant Components welder. I figured this would help get my “resume through the door.
I started the “application process” through Aerotek. They are one of many staffing companies providing “leased labor” to Huntington Ingalls in Newport News VA. These positions were not the same as “contractors” as they performed the same tasks as Ingalls employees. All tools and equipment were provided by Ingalls, and we were to be supervised by Ingalls supervisors and report directly to them.
CONTENT- This article has over 3000 words so I have broken this into pages and their content is below. Or you can just click-through the pages till you just can’t stand it anymore!
- This Page
- The Application Process
- The Recruiter and Their Company
- Newport News Area
- Orientation Process-No Pay
- The Test
- Conclusions and Opinion
- If you’re a recruiter.