This Week in Welding
Mar. 18, 2014

We want you: The welding industry's message to women
Medill Reports
With an increasing number of older workers retiring and fewer young workers entering the field, the welding industry is facing a shortage of skilled workers. The American Welding Society thinks women can help fill the gap. Lisa Moran, 32, was a welder for about five years before she started teaching the skill at various local colleges. She's currently teaching the skill at South Suburban Community College. "A lot of people think that this trade will be easy to learn, then easy to get a job," said Moran, whose students include three women. "The good news is this: The best part about welding is that anyone, from any background, can learn to weld."More

AWS Conference on Welding of Stainless Steels
March 25-26, 2014
Loews Philadelphia Hotel

This conference will bring together some of industry's most outstanding experts to discuss the welding of austenitic, duplex, and other grades of stainless steel. Topics will include dissimilar metal welds between stainless and steel, repair welding, cladding, cleaning, and the pitfalls involved in stress corrosion cracking. More

Weld Cracking Conference
April 15-16, 2014
Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown

This conference will help welding engineers and others avoid mistakes and turn out high quality products. Topics range from impact tests and how they relate to potential weld cracking as well as the control of moisture in welding consumables.More

International Symposium on Advances in Resistance Welding
April 28-30, 2014

Technical conference on resistance welding topics presented by AWS and the Resistance Welding Manufacturing Alliance (RWMA). More

Countdown to FABTECH Canada
Canadian Metalworking
Canada is eagerly looking forward to its own edition of FABTECH on March 18-20. After the success of the inaugural FABTECH Canada show in 2012, the show is going to be back at the Toronto Congress Centre with an expanded show.More

Florida program aims to bridge gap in manufacturing jobs
The Tampa Tribune
The massive migration of manufacturing jobs out of the United States is often blamed for stagnating wages and the U.S. economy's slow recovery from the Great Recession. That thinking, although not entirely false, has led to another problem for American manufacturers: The so-called skills gap. Manufacturing industries here are rebounding, led by computerized, highly technical workplaces, but many employers say they can't find enough skilled workers to fill their job openings. "There is a tremendous skills gap," said Roy Sweatman, president of Southern Manufacturing Technologies in Tampa. "Kids have been pointed toward college, and everybody thinks manufacturing doesn’t exist in the U.S. anymore."More

Vestas Wind Systems to boost hiring at its Colorado factories
The Denver Post
Vestas Wind Systems said March 11 it will hire more than 850 production workers at its Colorado plants, based on one of the best years the company has had for orders. In 2013, Vestas, one of the world's largest wind turbine-makers, booked orders for 900 wind turbines in the U.S. and Canada. About 400 positions have already been filled, and the company, based in Aarhus, Denmark, said it has received more than 3,200 job applications.More

California Highway Patrol investigates Bay Bridge welding controversy
The Sacramento Bee
The California Highway Patrol has opened an administrative investigation into the handling of welding problems that affected some sections of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge fabricated in China. "When the Transportation Agency heard serious allegations during a recent committee hearing, it asked the CHP to see if the facts show something more than a professional disagreement five years ago," Gareth Lacy, spokesman for the state Transportation Agency, which oversees the California Department of Transportation, said in an email. "This is an administrative inquiry, not a criminal probe. Accountability matters, so if anything improper occurred, we will act accordingly."More

Welders setting up shop: Great Falls (Mont.) College receives $325,000
Great Falls Tribune
The news for the Great Falls College-Montana State University welding program just keeps getting better. On March 12, Gov. Steve Bullock announced the college will receive an additional $325,000 in discretionary funds allocated by the Montana Legislature in 2013 to help with the expansion and demand being put on the college's welding program as more jobs in the field are becoming available locally.More

Contract workers are changing the face of US manufacturing
The Washington Post via St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Tennessee resident Chris Young works at a Nissan plant, but doesn't actually work for Nissan — he works for Yates Services, an in-house contractor that has hired thousands of people during the past few years to ramp up production as U.S. auto sales take off again. It's a big difference. Yates is like a company within a company, with separate bulletin boards and rules and procedures. At a plant where workers have resisted unionization, the bona fide Nissan employees are easily recognizable in logoed shirts, which Yates workers don't receive.More

Lincoln, Wis., students get creative with junkyard sculpture in welding contest
Jackson County Chronicle
Lincoln High School students are too creative to weld a sculpture of just any old fish out of scrap metal for the Chippewa Valley Technical College Manufacturing Show's Junkyard Battle welding contest. "I came up with the idea of the fish body," said senior Nicki Danielson. "I just thought an angler fish would be awesome." But that wasn't all. They had it in a tank of water, set up a system by which it could be raised from the tank by turning a wheel, had a spout of water coming out of its mouth through use of a pump system and integrated a little game with prizes. The effort was good enough to win second place, with another angler fish sculpture from Fall Creek, Wis., taking first.More

Impeccable laser-welded seams in thick-walled aluminum
Industrial Laser Solutions
When laser welding aluminum, the weld pool is quite distinctly fluid such that material expulsions and holes can occur, which give neither an acceptable weld quality nor good bonding. Visibly good results can be achieved using a coaxial seam tracking system and the precisely adjustable effective width of the laser spot. Consequently, it is not only thin components — generally the case with conduction welding — that can be welded. The use of a device, such as the Precitec ScanTracker, also permits conduction welding, with scan function, of thick-walled aluminum components. There is no need for expensive and complex post-treatment, above all for visible seams. More

Welding program coming to Ohio community college in 2014
The Marietta Times
Washington State Community College in Marietta, Ohio, will begin two new programs next year, and may also see an increase in state funding. During the college board of trustees' meeting in the main building on campus, the board unanimously approved the purchase of equipment for a welding program, heard the description of a more integrated transfer program with Ohio University and received an update on the new state funding model for community colleges.More

We want you: The welding industry's message to women
Medill Reports
With an increasing number of older workers retiring and fewer young workers entering the field, the welding industry is facing a shortage of skilled workers. The American Welding Society thinks women can help fill the gap.More

From Autodesk, an incredible new technique for 3-D printing metal in midair
Fast Company
We can 3-D print myriad plastic goods, fabric for apparel, burritos, candy, and perhaps in the not-so-distant future, human organs. Now, a collaboration between Dutch designer Joris Laarman and software company Autodesk has yielded something groundbreaking: an affordable technique for printing large metal structures, called MX3D-Metal.More

Brooklyn, NY, startup plays manufacturing matchmaker
Matthew Burnett is no stranger to American-made products. Just one problem: Like many U.S. companies — which have shipped more than 3 million manufacturing jobs overseas since 2000 — Burnett contracted with foreign companies to make his watches.More

Northwest Florida State College receives accreditation for
welding program

Northwest Florida Daily News
The Allied Welding Technologies program at Northwest Florida State College has received accreditation from The National Center for Construction Education and Research. NWF State responded to regional demand by launching its vocational certificate program in Welding Technologies last August. NWF State's welding program provides graduates with the skills, knowledge and customized training necessary for immediate entry into the job market as journey-level, professional welders.More

Waukesha County (Wis.) Technical College, Lincoln Electric partner to create welding lab
Milwaukee Business Journal
Waukesha County Technical College and Lincoln Electric, which makes welding equipment, are partnering to create a welding demonstration and training facility at the college. The lab features a 4,000-square-foot space that holds 55 Lincoln Electric welding stations, which brings the technical college's total welding space to about 8,000 square feet with 93 welding stations. The Lincoln Electric Southeastern Wisconsin Training Center is owned by Waukesha County Technical College and sponsored by Lincoln Electric, a Cleveland-based company that's providing welding, cutting, and fume control equipment and technology for the lab.More