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Caleb Hastings
Robotics Welder


The Shaw Group
Cliffside, NC

Category:  Robotic Welding Technician
 
High School:  Hartsville High School
Hartsville, SC
 
College:  Florence Darlington Technical College
Darlington, SC

Right now I'm working at the site of a powerplant addition in North Carolina. I'm doing orbital welding using robotics.

What's a typical day like in your job?
Right now I'm working at the site of a powerplant addition in North Carolina. I'm doing orbital welding using robotics. The job requires 24 hours of welding and two people per shift. I work the night shift. We sit at a computer monitor and control a robotic machine that does the welding. It's almost like playing a video game. But we still have to wear protective gear: long sleeves, safety glasses, and other equipment.

How did you get interested in your career?
In high school I wasn't very good at math and I didn't like computers much. But I wanted to make good money. I went to a technical college, and the first time I welded I knew it was what I wanted to do.

What kind of training and education did you need to get this job?
Years ago a lot of pipe welders were trained on the job. Now most employers want trained people. After technical college I did hand welding in a fabrication shop. Later, I returned to technical college for further training in orbital welding. I use computers now because that's where welding is heading.

What do you like most about your job?
I love what I do. Pipe welders are near the top of the project organization. The pay is great. You can work anywhere in the world, and I definitely plan to travel. You're doing something different every day and meeting new people all the time. The sky is the limit. It's an awesome career choice.

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