Currently I'm studying Metallurgy and Material Science at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan. Though my interests are still focused on metallurgy, just completing the required welding courses have me considering going for a welding certificate too. Both the SMAW and oxyfuel process were not as difficult as I thought they would be.
With a year and a half to go (knock on wood) I've been trying without success to find work as a materials technician after quitting my last job. My biggest drawback is a lack of networking skills, and the Michigan job market does me no favors either.
Another thing I want to know is how much experience it takes to get work as an oxyfuel welder/cutter? I don't know if certification is needed or not and I currently have none.