ABOUT JOE POOL
|Hello! I am Joe Pool, and I thoroughly enjoy welding!
When I was around 6 or 7 years old, my father started working in the oil field as a pumper in Henderson, TX.
Soon, he was placed in charge of new oil field site construction and later of pipeline construction. I was
his gopher, and I rode along with him every day during the summer and on weekends during the school
year. I developed a good understanding of oil field people and procedures, and I became fascinated with welding.
After graduating high school in Henderson, I enlisted with the United States Marine Corps where I
learned the welding trade and was assigned to a support unit. There I became very good at welding,
and I learned arc (SMAW), Oxy-Acetylene cutting and welding, MIG (GMAW on mild steel and aluminum)
and TIG (GTAW on mild steel, aluminum, and stainless) welding. I developed a love for fabricating
After my Honorable Discharge in 1992, I used my G.I. Bill to study physics because I was interested
in learning the causes of both gravity and magnetism. I first enrolled at
Kilgore College and later transferred to the
University of Texas at Arlington. I received a
Bachelor's of Science degree in physics in 1996, but found graduate school disappointing because
the courses were no more than the same basic concepts taught to undergraduates, but with more
complex mathematics. I lost interest, and left the academic life.
My first job held the title of Electrical Engineer. Though the position turned out to be nothing more
than a technician's job using AutoCAD and measuring wires, there I met my first Software Engineers and
learned what that role was all about. For my next job, I used the knowledge gained from my computer
programming electives in college to find work as a programmer.
Today, I my main employment comes from writing computer programs in C++ at
LeTourneau Technologies, in
the Power Systems division,
though I am also good with VB, C#, and ASP.
What I enjoy most about my moonlighting business as Joe's Welding is that it allows me to remain close
to my welding roots, while still having benefits for my family provided through my employer. What more
would I ask for?
If you as a customer have an interest, please contact me. I would love to hear from you.
Below is part of a message I received from another welder. A lot of it is true, and I liked the logic of it enough to include it here.
As Mike Rowe - 'Dirty Jobs' will often say - "ITS A DIRTY JOB!!" - We are not sitting at a desk. We do not have air conditioning. We have umbrellas, and ice in the cooler. We do not have the luxury of a lunch break most times, nor do we ever know what time it is at 5pm.
How many of you have gone 2 or 3 hours past noon before you said to yourself, "man, I'm hungry!", or looked at the sun to guage what part of the day it was? How many of you often drink over two gallons of water and maybe urinate one time through the course of a routine summer day? How 'bout putting on spf50 sunblock, and still having a real warm neck at the end of the day?
My point is that of jp's: It is function before fashion in this field. We are not winning any awards, or gaining any notariety by the way we look. We look rough because we are rough - rough and ready! We go out and do what many people in other trades can't do....... look at it, take measurements, and attack it! It takes more than running a pretty bead to be a welder. If you can't see something in three dimentions, and make a pertinant game plan in a matter of minutes - GO HOME!!!
This is what God chose for me, being a "steel artist"
No training, besides practical experience............who's with me?
Better yet - who's against me?
Sourdough Welding Inc. "stacks, racks, nipples and cracks - We got ya covered"