When’s the last time you had to use some nuts or bolts in order to assemble or put something together? I imagine that if you’ve been to IKEA lately to purchase anything, you probably ended up dealing with more nuts and bolts than you cared to and probably felt like you had your fill of them by the end. Well, nuts and bolts are what keeps everything we use together, functional and safe but making sure that they are indeed all of those things is a very complicated matter. What a bolt is made of and it’s thread design are very well thought-out factors that are taken into consideration when designing anything, especially on a mass-scale, this is called bolt-torquing and there are companies that make their livings by providing bolt torquing services. Often, companies who deal with bolt-torquing also deal with other construction or mechanical engineering matters. A structural engineer is the one that that comes up with all of the formulas and equations to make sense of all this stuff and they get paid very feel for what they do. They get paid as well as they do because when their services are required, it’s because engineering is involved and a massive amount of money as well, in most cases. The overall safety of the people on the job could easily be compromised and mistakes made with regard to bolt torquing could easily result in a disaster and the deaths of many workers on site.
Many companies that provide bolt torquing services also provide other services in the pipe bending fabrication industry. You don’t find too many small companies that specialize in either one of these things because in multibillion dollar industries, it’s required to be a multimillion dollar company in order to have the knowledge, experience, the know-how and buying power needed in order to compete. Industrial construction companies all have many very experienced, intelligent people working for them and although technology has progressed over the years, pipe fitting has remained largely the same. Pipe fitting is a skill that people acquire, usually, over the course of a three-five year apprenticeship. It’s not a job that you can learn what you need to and gain the experience you needed in order to make it on your own very quickly. This was the kind of job in an industry that couldn’t afford a great deal of attrition, people went to school to become structural and mechanical engineers but pipe fitting was a skill that you learned on the job from someone with a lot more experience than you. This kind of work very often attracts hard-working, blue collar types with an agricultural or mechanical background. If the idea of fixing a flat tire or popping the hood of your car scares you, then a career in pipe fitting or bolt torquing isn’t something that you’d be suited for or enjoy very much. However, if you grew up on a farm and handled agricultural equipment or you and your dad spent the weekends in the garage working on cars, then this kind of work may be right up your alley.