This is MY experience below. Make sure you talk with your recruiter before you drag up your current project or even just drive there! I found out the Thursday before I left that the following weeks 1st three days would be unpaid. It was almost a deal breaker and knowing what I know now, it should have been! Each recruiting agency MAY be different. I don’t know. Check it out. Also, my recruiter rented the hotel for me by the week, I only made one day of perdeim. Should you be paying your own bill, think about any long-term or even weekly rentals as the testing process could stop abruptly at any time!
Day 1 Monday
The Orientation consisted of meeting at the recruiter’s office and going over a few things and asking questions. Welding related questions were not in the scope of the person’s knowledge base at my meeting. Yours may be different. After that, we went to various clinics for the physical testing. If you don’t have transportation the public system is pretty good from what I understand.
My appointment was at 11:00. I didn’t get in to start until after 12:15. The Tests consisted of ..
- Hearing Test
- Vision Test including color perception
- Blood Test and Urine test (For Chromium and Diabetes I think)
- Pulmonary Function Test (Blowing into a tube as hard and as long as you can)
- Respirator Fit Test (Must be clean shaven)
- Interview with Dr.
Day 2, Tuesday
This was a day in which nothing was scheduled. It was my understanding that this allowed for review of the medical tests and finalizing information for getting badged.
Day 3, Wed
This was the Ingalls Safety Training day. This “Safety Training” was similar to many I had been to in the form of presentation but a little different based on content. The major things covered were those that applied to shipbuilding vs general industry or construction. Confined space rules are much different. This is not as comprehensive as most safety training but the pictures are cool!
After the training, you may go to the badge office. You MUST bring a photo ID and a passport or birth certificate even though you may have already shown it to the recruiter. Parking there is a pain too.