IT IS BETTER TO TRUST IN THE LORD THAN TO PUT CONFIDENCE IN MAN.
All that I want is to work, and my opportunities are in the hundreds from coast to coast and all around the world. I am an American with 34 years experience in enough skills to be called a tradesman. I am a welder, mechanic, millwright, boiler maker, equipment operator, sand blaster, painter, body work, carpentry, basic electric, home maintenance, custom built outside walls, walkways, steps and more. Drainage routing for water where it is not wanted and just endless trades. Yet two years ago I went too the US embassy for help in getting back to the USA because I have absolutely no income, and here it is now two years later and still no help. My immigration balance was paid in full until the end of August 2007. However, even though they knew my circumstance and did nothing, my zero balance then is now up too 51,000 peso that I owe the Philippine Bureau of Immigration. Last week I wrote two letters to the commissioner, one on Monday, and another on Tuesday. I sent them via LBC which is like a Fed Ex. This week through faith I expect a wavier from immigration which will require a pay back of approx $1000 before I can return to my wife. [we were married last Tuesday on the 4th] The US embassy will get me a plane ticket, and that also will require a payback if I want my passport returned to me.
Now here is my situation. Because I am skilled, and because I want and need work, I have applied via resumes to solid opportunities nationwide and I will be hired. Below are the URL’s of just a few of the uncountable positions that I am more than qualified for.
There is no end to the opportunities that I could list. My problem is this;
Let’s use Bender Shipyard in Mobile for a perfect example. They will hire me, but first require me to perform an overhead Flux core weld test. To do that a welding hood is needed, and also a welding jacket because many spark will fly and burn you in many places. All positions from Washington to the Florida Keys require the new employee to have his own hand tools, welding hood, safety steel toed work shoes and other items like clamps, wrenches, hammers, measuring devices, hard hat, and all basic hand tools.
Now here I am in the Philippines, just married, and completely without funds while knowing that very soon I will be back in America ready and wanting to work with some homeless shelter somewhere for my sleep, my feet for transportation, and a soup kitchen for my meals with nothing that I need to secure a good stable position with a decent paycheck. The funds that I became used to in past short term jobs was always around $1,500 per week.
If I just had some needed funds I could choose a city and agency with the most and nearest job openings, and have the few required hand tools to apply while feeling secure. Or by choice what is wanted most which is just an appointment for finalization of employment. There are welders needed for bridge building in Maine. Welders are needed for a high rise Hotel under construction in Orlando. Welders are needed from San Diego to Newport News Virginia in shipyards and oil rigs, welders and millwrights are needed all over the United States and I am ready to work. For three years now I have been unable to help myself, and by God grace I have survived while He has been educating me in His Biblical truths that few understand.
Now I am finally going to make a major move after such a long wait for an embassy that actually does very little for anyone, and still expects a payback. Welcome to honest caring government for the people. Yea, right.
Someone please help me so that I can help my own self.
Thank you in Faith with sincerity,
SUMMARY OF SKILLS
1 Skilled welder with 30 years experience in Tig, Mig, Flux Core and Stick welding processes.
2 Experienced with OSHA regulations and safety
3 Highly experienced welder/millwright in many manufacturing facilities making repairs on all types of production machinery, boilers, bio medical waste furnaces, cooling towers, conveyors, and extensive repairs or modifications on innumerable projects.
4 Additional useful skills such as heavy equipment operator, plumbing, carpentry, and basic electrical work.
5 Experience working at secure sites such as naval shipyards, nuclear power plants and US Military Bases in other countries.
6 Highly qualified in all phases vehicle and equipment mechanical repairs. All phases mean just that. Clutches, brakes, suspension, engines, differentials, cooling systems, electrical, track bearings, hydraulics and pumps.
7 Have been employed as a plumber working with weld pipe, screw pipe, pvc and copper along with ss and aluminum.
8 Also experienced as a stainless steel tubing bender for the set up and operation of control panels.
2000 – 2009
1 Duke Power Precipitators, boiler repairs and upgrades via stick, mig welding and plasma cutting.
2 Much flux core welding on Caterpillar and Pay loader equipment.
3 All phases of steel replacement welded via flux core and mechanical repairs on heavy equipment such as Earth Movers, Bulldozers, Track Hoes, and Loaders.
4 Worked as a mechanic on automotive, trucks, and construction equipment.
5 Seaboard Foundations working on a Barge assembling and welding 70” x 70 ft. sections of pipe for permanent bridge piers to be filled with concrete. My position also required mechanical repairs and maintenance on cranes, IR compressors and on any piece of equipment where something was required.
6 Worked as a fabricator welder foreman building gunner protection on Turrets, under armor for IED’S, and heavy duty bumpers for HMMWV’S accompanied with many other needed projects for our soldiers in the mid east. See letter from Army below.
1990 – 2000
Welder, Mechanic and Millwright
1 Responded to company locations which were shutting down to weld, replace cables on cranes, perform electrical repairs, etc. Contract and travel around the USA
2 Several years in AEP plastics factory as head maintenance mechanic making needed repairs to production machinery, building towers, stairs, mezzanines and hand rails.
3 Nuclear power shutdowns
City Truck Service 1984 – 1990
1 Initiated service to and provided fleet maintenance to Roadway Package System, Keebler, Southern Wholesale, Overnight Express, and others.
2 Known for anticipating potential fleet maintenance problems and acting to prevent them.
3 Also performed maintenance and major repairs on all the mechanics of heavy trucks and construction equipment.
4 Replaced and rebuilt steel truck work bodies and compartments. 1976 – 1984
Welder, Mechanic and Millwright
1 Welded steam turbine generators at General Electric. 1976 - 1981
2 First class welder for Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics, making repairs in tight access areas, mirror welding, cutting, grinding, and fitting on fast attack nuclear submarines. 1981 - 1984
3 General Electric required the passing of 13 x-ray weld tests.
4 General Dynamics required 3 x-ray tests for multi position stick welds along with flux core inspection.
SUBJECT: Recommendation for promotion
1. The following is a recommendation for promotion of Mr. Jeff Callarman.
2. Mr. Callarman continually proved that he is a confident, dedicated, professional and technically capable leader. It has been my distinct pleasure to work along side Mr. Callarman. He is by far one of the most motivated and adaptable civilian employees in our section. His commendable work ethics and repair expertise led me to call on him for numerous technically demanding maintenance repair missions. I would not hesitate to work with this extraordinarily proficient leader in any world wide situation or location.
3. Mr. Callarman displayed to me and this team that he is a top notch employee with outstanding technical and supervisory skills. His dedication to the increased safety of United States Soldiers was exemplified by his fabrication of a multitude of vehicle ballistic devices. His efforts without a doubt will help save lives. He requires no direct supervision to stay on mission and leads his fellow civilian employees to a rapid and accurate repair completion. His actions; not words, elevate him above his peers.
4. Mr. Callarman is a self motivated, loyal, intelligent leader and team player. He will without a doubt make an outstanding supervisor and will be sorely missed here.
5. The point or contact for this memorandum is the undersigned at email@example.com
MICHAEL S. HELIE
Allied Trades Technician