Meet Mads Marcussen – SOS’ future Welding Specialist
Mads Marcussen started working for Safe Ocean Service in 2014. Mads is half way through his international Welding Specialist course, which takes a year. As a Welding Specialist your job is to make sure that all the rules are followed, and giving good advice and inspiration to the welders. When Mads is working he usually works a 12-hour shift, 14 days in a row. He makes sure the production and quality of the product abide by the rules, and the welding procedures are followed. The engineers calculate and the Welding Specialist performs the task.
Mads started the International Welding Specialist course at the end of 2016. We asked him why he wanted to be a specialist and he said that being a welder was a hard physical job and being a Welding Specialist is not as hard. He also started this education, for a personal development.
At the International Welding Specialist course you go through four modules in order to obtain your certificate. In order to start the education as an International Welding Specialist, you need to pass the entry requirements such as an IWP (International Welding Practitioner) or have a skilled worker certificate within the category of iron- and metalworking industry.
Before Mads began his Welding Specialist course, he was a boilermaker. A boilermaker makes steel constructions and mechanical repair work. A boilermaker works with materials like iron, steel and aluminum.
The biggest job Mads have been on was in USA where he worked on Maersk Valiant doing a MPD installation project. The tasks they had to perform on Maersk Valiant was installation of manifold skids, assembly of manifolds, fabrication of interconnecting piping, installation of MPD riser Umbilical/storm loop, deck support for coflex hoses, and installation of umbilical and HPU. Mads have also helped at the port of Frederikshavn, converting the drilling rig Maersk Guardian into a accommodation rig.
Mads is a certified IRATA level 1 rope access technician. When you have worked a 1000 hours as a level 1 technician you can upgrade to level 2 and with another 1000 hours to level 3. The reason they use rope access instead of scaffolding is because it is cheaper and less time consuming. Mads works as a rope access technician both in the wind power and oil & gas industry.
We asked Mads what he liked most about his job and he said that industrial tubes is the most exciting thing to build and make because that is what he always has been doing.
Story by four 8th grade students from Hirtshals school who visited SOS for a day of work experience.