Another week of #weldersofIG in the books and yet again we had the opportunity to partner with an awesome weldor, @smfabweld. Steve is one of the few guys on Instagram (or anywhere for that matter) that can entice you to stare at an arc shot with no music, no voiceover, no nothing and be perfectly content. His consistently phenomenal beads and masterful technique are exactly why we chose him to participate in our #weldersofIG Q&A this week.
Weld.com: When did you know you wanted to be a welder?
@smfabweld: I kind of fell into welding, I started working in a fab shop as a Guillotine and Press Break operator in 2006. I was there for a couple of weeks when I heard they were looking for welders at their manufacturing facility a couple of miles away, so I applied and got the transfer. I had never even picked up a torch before but I learned fairly quickly how to MIG Weld. I later learned it was actually MAG, but that's unimportant. It was Mild Steel Sheet work, fabricated and assembled for the waste industry. Skips, Hook Lifts and other types of Waste Containers.
Weld.com: Do you have any formal training in welding or fabrication?
@smfabweld: I have a GNVQ Level 2 in Fabrication & Welding, City & Guilds Level 2 in GTAW, City & Guilds Level 2 in Smaw and a City & Guilds Level 2 in GMAW. This makes up my formal qualifications. It was all done at night school and of a weekend once I'd started the job above when I moved on to Welding.
Weld.com: What type of work do you do in your day to day activities?
@smfabweld: I'm a self-employed contractor so my work varies. At the moment I'm on a contract at a Nuclear Manufacturing Facility not far from home. Daily processes include GTAW, FCAW, MAG and MMA. The materials range from Carbon steel SQ690L, Aluminium 6061, Monel K500, Duplex 2205 and Stainless' 304, 308 and 316. My preference is Pipework, but we do a fair bit of plate at the moment too.
Weld.com: What's the best / worst part of your job?
@smfabweld: The best part of my job is that I love what I do. I have a real passion for making every weld I put down better than the last. I also I really enjoy learning. You can take a lesson from everything you do in life, and everything you learn will come in handy one day. Being able to share my work and help and encourage others to better their work is very important to me.
The worst part of my job is..