Cameron Dekker

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Cameron grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania, a once-proud steel town on the Lehigh River, where he got a taste of TIG welding in his high school shop class. He holds certificates for Certified WeldingEducator (CWE) and Certified Resistance Welding Technician (CRWT) from the American Welding Institute. His interests include scuba diving, sculpture, and kayaking.

How to Get into Pipeline Welding: A Step-by-Step Guide

person welding pipe

Pipeline welders are paid handsomely for every hour they work. Experience, time in the firm, and time spent on the job are factors that dictate how much pay a pipeline welder gets. There are plenty of opportunities for one to work in this domain. Also, there’s an increasing demand for pipeline welders with expertise. Presently, […]

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What Does DCEP Mean in Welding?

Shielded metal arc welding or SMAW

The welding process uses two power source forms: the alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC) power supply. In DC, the current moves in one direction only. It can be from the electrode to the base material and vice-versa. Polarity is the flow of current through a circuit in a particular direction. Here, polarity describes […]

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How to Join a Welding Union: Pros, Cons & Guide

group of welders

Once you settle on welding as a career, you can either ride solo or join a union. Both paths have their highs and lows. Before making the decision, consider your experience, skills, certification, and portfolio in the industry. Should the merits of joining a union override sole proprietorship, the next step would be finding the […]

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What Causes Pinholes in Welding? Causes & Solutions

welding seam close up

Welding is a technical work that relies on precise calculations, temperature, angle, and welding arc, among other factors. Welders need to prepare their workspace and environment to ensure that the workpiece is not contaminated. Using incorrect methods leads to pinholes in welds. The presence of pinholes in welding does not mean they should be there. […]

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How to Bevel Pipe for Welding: A Pipe Beveling Guide

Buttweld bevel end of pipe

If you have been skipping the beveling process when welding your pipes, you have equally been compromising your weld’s quality and wasting too much time on your tasks. Sometimes, when fusing two items, you will have to cut an angle on the edges to fit each other perfectly. That is what beveling does. In pipe […]

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What is a Keyhole in Welding?

laser welding machine cutting metal

In particular welding jobs, you need deep heat penetration, and higher power density amounts to accomplish the results you want. It’s not an easy task taking into account the accuracy and heedfulness that manual welding tasks need. Many welders use an automated approach called the keyhole heating method to perform such comprehensive tasks. If you […]

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What is Pulse Welding? And How Does it Work?

Twin pulse welding machine

If you’re familiar with a wide variety of welding approaches, only then will you be a better welder, and eventually, take on more tasks. Among the most misapprehended techniques is known as pulse welding, which we’re going to discuss in detail in this guide. If you’re searching for an accurate welding procedure, you may want […]

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What is Reverse Polarity in Welding?

man doing stick welding

When you switch on the welding machine, an electric circuit is formed. It has a negative and a positive pole. Polarity plays a significant role in welding. It’s because selecting the correct polarity influences the quality, durability, and strength of the weld. If you use the incorrect polarity, it’ll cause a lot of spatter, poor […]

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How to Paint a Welding Helmet (4 Simple Tips & Tricks)

Welding Helmet

If you’re attending a welding class, then you’ll possibly see people in your class donning tailor-made welding helmets. Some may have butterflies, cranium, and funny characters painted on their helmets. Since many welding helmets are available in dark black and matte grey, you can paint your welding helmet to appear more fashionable and eye-catching. As […]

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