Well today one of my welding students is on his way to Memphis to take his FCAW plate test with the Boilermakers local 263. He has been training using SMAW and decided to give it a try after realizing Flux Core was pretty easy compared to stick.
The testing will be administered through the boilermakers CommonArc program. This will allow him to be qualified with multiple contractors taking only one test.
He has been a great student. Working two jobs and still coming to class.
Here are a couple of pics from his practice plates last night.
These are all horizontal.