Ingalls, $50.00 an hour pipe weld test, My experience

The “Recruiter” and their company.

Companies are different and people within a company are different. My experience with Aerotek was fine. Sure, there are MANY things I wish I would have known and their answers to some of my questions were vague, but understand that they too may be receiving poor information from their customer (Ingalls) and/or any employees that have been through the process.

This was my 1st time working with a recruiter and it is NOT something I want to do if I can avoid it. Not because of Aerotek, it’s just a hassle getting information. My experience with Aerotek leads me to believe that there is a reason you see them all over the country! They were professional and good to work with regardless of how my results turned out.

Remember that staffing agencies may have various levels of understanding about your specific skills and may have different policies. Make sure you “shop around” before submitting a résumé. The word on the “street” is that applying with more than one will get you kicked out.

5 thoughts on “Ingalls, $50.00 an hour pipe weld test, My experience”

  1. The Yard probably has a apprenticeship program but does not have enough people for the demand. I felt I was a good welder and always thought you tested for the work you would be doing. The company to save on money should have let you practice a few days to get comfortable before the test. Performance and passage I believe would have gone up. The government is loosing dollars on this and the not being able to come back and test again is wrong. There are good welders out there.

    1. I agree. Though for $50.00 an hour, some may have the perception that an individual can “do anything” but the truth is that the skills and abilities among welders vary widely among industries, companies, and individuals.
      The guy that has spend his life welding on parts for NASA is NOT ready to climb in a boiler and reach 3 tubes deep in an economizer.
      I have been supervising/administering welder tests for years. Not any to 248, but I’m familiar with the content. Its a shame that so much time is put into the processing of people to only have this as the screening point.

    2. The shipyard does have an apprenticeship program and it takes 5 years. To get journeyman’s. To get into the apprenticeship program you have to apply for a position through the website and go through their onboarding process by applying for a job that puts you in it.

  2. Good effort on your part. The last time I did serious pipe work it was ASME sec IX and sec VIII
    B31.1 and B31.3. They gave me 2 days to practice withering best guys. I passed Alum Stainless and Steel from 1/16 to unlimited wall thickness. I learned all about pre heat n post heat. The company was not union. But moved from Ma to Louisiana

  3. Some practice time would have helped me but Im sure a few people just walked in cold and passed…I just didn’t have that level of skill.

    Have a good one!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.