Pros: Great healthcare, 30 minute lunch, free tools and benefits, 410K and retirement packages
Cons: The drive home was behind about 10, 000 other coworkers. Sometimes taking over an hour to get home.
I would get up about 4:15 am and drive into the shipyard located roughly five miles from my home. Walk about 2.1 miles into the shipyard from the parking lot and onto LPD 26 where I would arrive at my team meeting spot to await my general manager and my supervisor every morning. My GM and supervisor would set out their expectations and schedules and lead us to our areas and we would begin work. I made quite a lot of friends among my crew and we would often help each other when the other would need help, (i.e. moving lines, machine locating, box locating, wire, tools, & air lines). The hardest part of my days included the arduous heat and stair climbing; sometimes a dozen levels at once. I enjoyed the friends I made, the company I kept in my work crew, but overall I loved the welding. The hardest part of my job was moving lines to my area through mazes and tight spots, but I always had the help of my crew. The complications and solutions of it, helping teach the new welders in my crew things they had never thought to try. Helping others and myself to achieve a happy workplace environment, building our Navy Vessels, and welding in general made me happy. I would then get off work at 2:30 and walk back to my car, and maybe make it home by 3:15.