I hired 2 young ( 19 & 20) laborers a month ago to tack weld rebar cages. They had no experience in welding, so I had my welder train them. We could train a monkey to tack weld. All their rebar is pre-cut for them & we built them a jig to set the rebar on. This week they came to me & said "that they were now welders & they should be paid more". Instead of trying to tell them all the reasons why they are not even close to being a welder. I told them we will have a contest just to see how good they are. I told them what we would do is I would race them to see who could weld a cage the fastest & it would have to pass a drop test. I know they were thinking that I'm just a old guy who sits in a office & only comes out in the plant to stretch my legs & they would tear me up. I had my welder ( who loves a good joke) replace their 6011 1/8 rods with 7018 5/32 rods & turn their heat down . Their rods kept sticking & they could see that I was smoking them & they were really choking under the pressure . I finished 15 min. ahead of them & when we did the drop test my cage stayed together & theirs fell apart . They said they did not know what happen & they never had this much trouble welding a cage. When my welder told them what I did They said I cheated. I told them if they were welders they would have known what I did. I told them they have a lot to learn & as they progress so will their pay & if they ever doubt my ability to judge their skills they could go somewhere else. By the way I'm not a welder, but I can stick 2 pcs. of metal together.
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