I am having problems getting welders on site this year. I'm a blaster, painter and foreman on site. I dont want to weld but I am thinking about going to school for it this winter. I watch you guys work and I respect your trade. I want to know why in this economy welders are so stretched out. I have worked alot of pipeline this year and the rumor is the gas companies made so much money last year that they are upgrading everything. Is this true?