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#weldersofIG: @rollingbombfab

@rollingbombfab is known throughout the welding community for his insane ability to capture an arc shot and put down incredibly consistent beads. During this week's showcase, we had multiple people reach out 


to us and comment on how they were helped in one way or another by Brian through his IG work. We had more reach out and say that, not only was he a great welder but one of the coolest guys they knew. So we asked Brian a little about life as a welder Anytime someone gets as much praise as @rollingbombfab does, we need to listen to what they're advice to becoming a first class welder.

Weld.com: When did you know you wanted to be a welder?
@rollingbombfab: I never really put much thought into becoming a welder until a representative from a welding school came to our high school. It sounded good since the little experience I had with welding I enjoyed. 

Weld.com: Do you have any formal training in welding or fabrication?
@rolingbombfab: I went to one of the big name welding schools. 

Weld.com: What type of work do you do in your day to day activities?
@rollingbombfab: I'm mostly an aluminum MIG and TIG guy. Some stainless MIG and TIG and steel hard wire. 

Weld.com: What's the best and worst part about your job?
@rollingbombfab: The best part of my job is being in the town I grew up in close to home working in a small shop environment with a bunch of guys you get to know like family. Sleeping in my own bed every night is a great thing to me. The worst part is you're not gonna get rich working in a job shop, but you can be comfortable so it's hard for me to really say that's a downside. 

Weld.com: What advice do you have for high school students or anyone looking to enter into a welding career?
@rollingbombfab: Best advice would be to get in however you can. Some guys have connections to get straight on the job experience and that's awesome; if you have that use it.  There's also nothing wrong with going to a school either. 

To see Brian's work, be sure to follow him on Instagram, @rollingbombfab.

#WeldersofIG @smfabweld

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.. 

#WeldersofIG: @Wicked_Welding

This week we're talking to Wes Mishler (@wicked_welding) of Wicked Welding and Fabrication.
Wes is well known on IG for his insane work with a TIG torch. The welds he puts out on IG never seem to amaze us, which is why we reached out to Wes for this week's #weldersofIG showcase. 

@wicked_weldingWeld.com:  When did you know you wanted to be a welder?
@wicked_welding: Probably back when I was 15 years old and went to the Silverlake Sand Dunes, here in Michigan. I had seen all the dune buggies and sandrails ripping around and I knew I wanted to build one. I was fortunate enough to have a father that had a small MIG welder and some time to get us going with a build. Sadly, we never finished the chassis, but I did learn a ton about tube bending and fabrication. That build sparked my interest in the vast capabilities that welding could offer. I was a builder of sorts… It started with my obsession with legos and now has me welding and building my company.

Weld.com: Do you have any formal training in welding or fabrication?
@wicked_welding: I took shop class in high school, which introduced basic machining skills on a lathe and mill along with few welding projects. That shop class let me dip my toes into a lot of things I hadn’t had the opportunity to try in my dad’s home shop. Things like plasma cutting, sheet metal forming, and Tig welding. After high school, I went to the local community college with the intentions to get an automotive repair degree. After a few semesters though, I decided I didn’t want to turn wrenches all my life so I switched my major to Welding. The welding program at my college was amazing. They covered everything from oxy/fuel welding to submerged arc. While I was going to school I got a job at a small manufacturing shop as a welder. I was able to take what I was learning and apply it to my everyday job which really helped me hone my skills.

Weld.com: What type of work do you do in your day to day activities?
@wicked_welding: I use mostly GTAW(TIG). I do a lot of sheet metal welding with a bit of pipe welding, but my shop is a job shop so all kinds of stuff come in the door. Lately I’ve been doing a lot of short circuit mig on a production job that the parts are being used for convertible Jeep tops.

Weld.com: What's the best / worst part of your job?
@wicked_welding: Best part of my job is that my only boss is my customer. Things are great when the customers are happy. Worst part I would have to say is stressing about scheduling and making sure suppliers deliver quality so that I, in turn, can produce quality.

Weld.com: What advice do you have for high school students or anyone looking to enter into a welding career?
@wicked_welding: Take advantage of any opportunity to learn! There’s a lot more to welding than laying a nice bead over and over again. Things like knowing how to run as much of the equipment in a fab shop setting is huge. For example, if the shop you're working in has a saw, slip roller, iron worker, Mill, Lathe, etc.; learn to use them! It will open doors if you have a broad range of skills.

Also, having a good attitude and being able to communicate properly goes a lot farther than you would think.  I've had people work for me that have a poor attitude that lost opportunities to learn or step up into better positions because of it. And I have had people who have lost my business because they can’t communicate when things are late or wrong. Attitude is everything, be positive.   

Weld.com: Where can people get more information or get in touch with you?
@wicked_welding: Anyone can check me out on Instagram @Wicked_Welding or email me at Wes@wickedweldingandfab.com