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    Quote Originally Posted by SmoothOperator View Post
    Hey I resemble that remark!!!!!!!!!!!!! Made a good friend over on AWS from Texas who knows EVERYBODY associated with oil drilling and pipelines.......Put me on as a rig welder when he worked up in Pa.. On a rig rebuild ( Sidewinder Drilling) ...Best experience I've ever had in the welding field.....Worked a sh*tload of hours got paid weekly and made a lot of friends that he brought up to work the job...( rig welders from Tx., La., Ok.) .........Will work for the man anywhere, anytime he calls me........Just a Texas good ol' boy that does business the way it should be done........
    That's how it's done and a good work ethic and willingness to get on the horse and hammer down goes a long ways.

    It's been a long time since I posted there. I'm not saying it's all bad by far over there, some good guys on that site (few gals too, at least then)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowboy97 View Post
    does anyone know of a good union in texas to join?
    You could probably get hired on where I'm at, Team Fabricators in Port Arthur. Just show up and put in an application. They are always hiring, and have plenty of work. You might have to start out at the bottom, but if they find out you have any welding background at all you would move up fast. They even have a little chicken-**** pipe welding school in the shop set up with the Port Arthur unemployment office. It's a union shop, so you would have an in with Local 211 out of Houston.

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    Re: how to chase rigs..

    Cowboy,

    Hughes land rotary rig count this time last year = 1684
    Land rig count this week (01/08/2016) = 635
    That's DOWN 1049 land rigs, or about 62%
    Good luck..............

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    Re: how to chase rigs..

    The petrochemical bust is really messing up the job market down here (I'm in the same general area as the OP). Best advice I can think of right now is to look for work in sectors other than petrochemical- although the bust is likely to flood those as well. At least it's not as bad as how things were in '01 when Enron wiped out the office jobs. We had guys in expensive suits holding up signs by the roadside for a few months- and that was in the expensive neighborhoods, too.

    One other thing does come to mind- hit the Workforce Solutions office and ask them when they expect the hiring slump in your part of town to be over. Mine said it should be ending any day now down here near the ship channel.
    Currently working as a Paralegal, but still interested in hobby welding.

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    No slump where I'm at, we still have a few months left of pre-fab for that mega job going on in Baytown. I was welding on 48 inch schedule 80 today. May have been schedule 40, still pretty thick compared to standard wall. Took a 3 bead sub arc cap about an inch and a half wide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by docwelder View Post
    the aws forum can't be tougher than the rigwelders forum. whatever you do don't ask for job leads there before introducing yourself and giving bona-fides and pics if you got them.
    You were a little late with that advice doc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by duaneb55 View Post
    You were a little late with that advice doc.
    duane; i can't begin to tell you how sorry i am to hear that
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    I'm going to have to head on over to rig welders and get a seat. I hear the shows are well worth watching over there

    Of course, I'll use a different name.....

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    Whatever you do, DON'T WEAR THE BLUE DRESS!!
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    Yeah, I'm thinking those fellas ain't into that stuff

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    Re: how to chase rigs..

    cowboy, how about some pics. it sounds like you might have to wait a bit to get into pipe welding, so why not start by getting yourself and your rig set up properly for pipe. maybe post some pics of you w/ your hoods and attire in front of your rig from a couple diff angles. then we can give you some pointers or suggestions.

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    Re: how to chase rigs..

    Quote Originally Posted by duaneb55 View Post
    Whatever you do, DON'T WEAR THE BLUE DRESS!!
    Duane55, Your like the welder whisperer over there.....Used to be a guy named Hobo Hilton that posted there.......After the big hack there he basically disappeared.......Glad you chime in with Sa-200 and such mocheen knowledge....... I know for a fact you've helped a few welders w/ mocheen problems get plumbed up and back to working......

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    I dunno what happened to Hobo. I emailed him about a year ago to see if he was ok, and he answered back that he had just been putting machines together and enjoying retirement. He mentioned some health issues but said he was holding his own. I thought something had possibly happened to him.

    Hope he's ok.

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