Originally Posted by ftlstrings
That was a really nice looking bead on your weld! How long did it take you to get to that level?
Well, I've been welding for 22 years now so I'm not really sure when I reached the particular level your asking about.
Thing is my skills have progressed over the years.
I started off stick welding structural steel, then mig, and flux core.
After about 6 years of that, I got into pipe welding so I had to learn tig, and up my skills in stick welding.
In the pipe welding trade it's said that you really aren't a real pipe welder till you have about 5 years under your belt. This is where I honed my tig welding skills.
For the last 5 years I've been working for an aerospace company.
I'm sorry but it's not that definite.
To tell you the truth, welding is a unique skill. Some people pick it up very quickly, and some will just never "get it"