DRUG TESTS IN THE WELDING INDUSTSRY
Bobby: Now those next couple days can be different depending on the company- how long those day one orientations are and the onsite stuff can shrink and grow depending on that company. Those drug tests can be a barrage of different things. You can probably find ways around a few of them if that’s your lifestyle. You can get on the internet and find ways to get around a few drug test, but eventually you’ll get found out. At KWI welding school we do mouth swab, urinalysis and hair follicle. The oral mouth swab is hot right now, especially with the police departments, because it’s the here and now. Those mouth swabs work for a much tighter frequency and catch traces even before the drug metabolizes in your system. The king of tests is probably the hair follicle though. Have you ever had a hair follicle?
Dalton: I had a hair follicle. Yeah, so they can go back six months? They can even go back seven years? Just depends on what they are wanting.
Bobby: Yeah, I think there’s a big rumor mill on the hair follicle for it being a moving target as far as what actually happens and how far it goes back. If you get to the internet, who knows what it will tell you, but what will be true is that it’s going to go back further than your urinalysis and much further than oral mouth swab.
Dalton: Another thing you know, just because you’re they’re going to take a hair follicle test and you shave all your hair off your body. It doesn’t matter. They’ll take fingernails. I’ve seen people get so nervous about a drug test that they shave all your hair off their body. But it didn’t matter because they just got some finger nail clippings.
Bobby: Not to mention they’re awfully suspicious that you as bald as a baby, so that’ll definitely be a way to ruin your name or get you run off. But yeah, the hair follicle. So, pulling that typically what are they going to do? They’re going to maybe pull a patch of hair or they can shave a patch of hair.
Of topic their references are very extensive, we get a lot of phone calls where they call on a KWI graduate for a nuclear campaign. And wildly enough, they don’t want to hear what we have to say. They ask for two references from KWI that know this student as well. It’s almost a family tree of references. Obviously, that student is going to give good references. The company doesn’t want to talk to the good reference they listed, they want to talk to one that’s two or three removed. That’s just some some free advice there on references and whatnot. Do good things and you’ll get good things said about you.
Why go to KWI weld school? Think of it this way- We drug test tough and stringent, which means that we’ve probably scared off or culled out a lot of that high school crowd that you knew was smoking dope in your high school parking lot or maybe was experimenting with harder drugs. There’s an epidemic going on right now as far as drugs, pills, meth and cocaine. So, picture those high school students or types of people- not at KWI, because we drug test so much on it. At orientation, we oral mouth swab, during the program you’re going to get a random urinalysis test and scheduled analysis test while you’re here. Our students are put into the CCS drug toxicology database, so that plants, companies and contractors understand and know that you’ve got clean piss tests. And then we are going to pull hair. In month five and months six when you’re with us, we’re pulling hair so that we feel good recommending you to companies and contractors as you graduate. Now that everybody knows that KWI tests hard during weld school– all those guys that are about that life probably aren’t coming to KWI, so we just essentially culled out a bunch of those individuals and you’re welding with guys that are passionate about welding. They’re here to work, to make themselves great welders, great individuals, and iron sharpens iron. So that’s kind of people who you want to be around.