Originally Posted by Bonkers
these are the robots I work with. At my plant we do Resistance Spot Welding exclusively. Here they are assembling a car which doesnt actually take place at my plant. We make parts for the frames and then ship them to Honda.
You've got a good foothold! Do you guys strictly stick to the maintenance side or do you have online/offline programming experience? I'm just curious, as a former Welding/Robotics Tech.
Are you more interested in the robotics and manufacturing automation side, or perhaps the welding automation side? I ask because there is a lot of money to be made either way, they just have separate career paths.
If I may be so bold as to offer some advice, from one young professional to another:
If you don't have any programming experience, try to train up inside your company, or seek outside training programs. All of the major robotics company's offer on/off site training. Pitch your supervisors a plan and show how you will be able to benefit them. Employers will often reimburse or split expenses for this kind of training. If you have a nearby tech center or community college, take some automation programming courses to learn how these systems work and communicate.
A lot of welding automation employs other processes besides RW. If you fancy the welding automation side, find a nearby tech center or community college that has a Welding Technology program and gain some process knowledge. This will make you a valuable player for automation integration company's that work with GMAW, GTAW, Laser... etc.
Even deeper into the welding side, get a two year Welding Technology Associate degree, take three years of work experience as a robotic/welding tech, and get your American Welding Society (AWS) Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) cert. If you go the CWI route, I highly recommend sticking to the Oil & Gas industry. For example, the company I work for pays entry CWIs $450/day for a 12 hour shift. Senior CWIs are $700+.
You're young. You can afford these changes, and the dividends will
pay off. Food for thought. Shoot me a PM if you have any Q's. Edited by ILOVEPOTtery - 9/26/13 at 8:26pm