I ran the plasmas, shears, ironworkers, stud welders, and even Motoman Robotic welders at a large fabrication shop since I was in my early 20's. Have done a little mig welding, built and restored old vw's. I also on occasion had to use huge hydraulic press brakes. We mostly made huge concrete forms and trucks. Tuckerbilt 636's.
I would work for very little money, as I'm from the deep south.
I'd love to work with something that I love to do, lately I've been odd-jobbing and doing concrete work under the table.
Arvada was just a one hour stop for us on our way out of Denver, but there is a little bakery in the little old downtown area that is absolutely the best one in the world! They even specialize in gluten free.