I went to Lincoln Electric Welding School 2 years ago and took the SMAW, GMAW, and FCAW courses then I worked the last 2 years at strip mines in West Virginia working welding maintenance on mining equipment making $16.00/hour.
I got laid off and now the only jobs I can find welding in the area are making $8.00-$12.00/hour. Shouldn’t someone that works in a the welding field make a bit more than someone running a cash register, or pushing shopping carts? It’s a bit depressing when you can go to wal-mart or home depot and make as much money as these people offer.
Where did the big shortage on welders go everyone was talking about? Are these depressed wages only in West Virginia/ Appalachia or is this going on everywhere?
If you are willing to travel ANYWHERE what kind of job opportunities are to be had?