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Students look to welding as a career
Daily Comet
Not long ago Ana Maria Robichaux was making about $9 an hour working at a pizza place in Chauvin, Louisiana. She was looking for a higher-paying job and almost every opening she found called for qualified welders. She said she thought, "Maybe if I tried to be a welder, maybe I'll find another job and get more money." Robichaux, 45, is set to graduate this spring from Fletcher Technical Community College's welding program and enter the local workforce where companies are paying $17 to $28 an hour for welders with a year of training.
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2015 International Brazing & Soldering Conference
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April 19-22, 2015
Long Beach, California

Now in its 6th Year, the IBSC remains the premier event for the brazing and soldering community. For years, the IBSC has provided professionals, scientists and engineers involved in the research, development and application of brazing and soldering, a unique networking and idea-exchange forum. This four-day conference provides cutting-edge education and technical programming for the brazing and soldering community, as well as peer-networking and a full exhibit program, showcasing the latest trends, products, processes and techniques available in the industry.

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Cladding Conference
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May 12–13, 2015
The Marquette Hotel
Minneapolis, MN

The use of cladding to protect structures from corrosion is growing by leaps and bounds. Weld cladding is a cost effective way to prepare structures and piping for applications such as sour gas, chemical reactors and storage vessels, high temperature power generation equipment, transition joints, and repair. Topics include hot-wire weld cladding, roll bonding, explosive cladding, nanocomposite material, strip cladding, the role of lasers, new materials and more that make cladding a competitive solution. Come network with experts who can help you select the preferred process and materials for your applications.

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AWS Revamps Website to Enrich User Experience
AWS
The American Welding Society, a non-­profit organization dedicated to advancing the science of welding, has revamped its website, www.aws.org, to enrich visitor experience by creating customization and delivering full content and functionality across all devices.

The new AWS website has been designed to give visitors the ability to customize the website to fit their individual needs, whether they are a student looking to see where they can take welding classes, a seasoned professional looking for conferences and certifications to further advance their career, or a job seeker looking for new opportunities in the field.

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From the battlefield to the workforce
CBS News
As part of a program to help military members land jobs, the skill of precision welding is being taught to a select number of U.S. Marines at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. CBS News visited the base where we saw active duty Marines attending class. They've been allowed under a Pentagon program called SkillBridge to spend the last four months of their enlistments in full-time job training. Every one of the 15 Marines has a guaranteed job, thanks to a national shortage of skilled welders.
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Manufacturers hope to enlist young adults
Gainesville Times
Tough. Dirty. Low-paying. Those are just a few of the things Arielle Holland had in mind when she first considered taking a job at Baldor Electric Company, a manufacturer with a plant in Flowery Branch, Georgia. "Before I worked here, I had a very stereotypical view of factories in my head," said the 18-year-old Johnson High School senior.
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When welding and art combine
Record-Bee
For the last eight years Diego Harris, an artist out of Upper Lake, California, has experimented with welding, pushing further each time. His pieces continued to grow, so much so that he’s reached the point where he can’t go any larger with his metal, steel and copper sculptures. "I’ve got a lot of ideas, but I sort of do the ones that seem to be most practical and doable," Harris said. "The thing is, as big as the ones I have now, I have ideas for bigger ones. I’ve just about hit the peak where I can still carry things up a ladder. Any taller, heavier, they’re going to have to be hoisted up."
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US factory orders rise, offer glimmer of hope for manufacturing
Reuters
New orders for U.S. factory goods unexpectedly rose in February after six straight months of declines, offering a ray of hope for a sector that has been battered by a strong dollar and weaker global demand. The Commerce Department said April 2 that new orders for manufactured goods increased 0.2 percent, the largest gain since July, after a revised 0.7 percent drop in January.
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Demand for welders on the rise in Nebraska
Wahoo Newspaper
A need for skilled welders in Nebraska has a few area schools adding equipment and beefing their industrial arts curriculum. A welding shortage is being experienced all across the state. According to the Nebraska Department of Labor, the demand for welders is expected to increase by more than 6 percent by 2018. The Department of Labor estimated approximately 10,000 of the workers will be needed just to meet the demand in Nebraska.
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Welding a sure ticket to landing a job
The Journal Gazette
Kenny Creager, a senior at East Noble High School in Kendallville, Indiana, knows what he wants to do with his life. In his second year of vocational education for welding, the Kendallville 18-year-old plans to make a career out of welding. He’s already on his way, making $13 an hour at a local heat treatment plant while racking up dual credit hours at East Noble High School through Ivy Tech, and welding sure beats the other jobs he’s had. Welders are in great demand.
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Inexpensive table-top robots will disrupt light manufacturing
ZDNet
Last month's Automate 2015, which organizers bill as the largest showcase of automation technologies in North America, signaled a change in the wind for light manufacturing. Alongside the beefier industrial robots, a handful of well-packaged, low-cost collaborative bots for small- and medium-sized businesses had industry-watchers abuzz. Much of the chatter has focused on the obvious: flexible automation technology is now available at a modest price point.
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NexAir acquires M&A Welding Supply
nexAir via Industrial Distribution
Atmospheric gases and welding supply distributor nexAir announced April 1 that it has agreed to acquire the assets, branches and operations of M&A Welding Supply Co., a distributor for welding and safety supplies with Georgia locations in Calhoun, Cartersville, Douglasville and Jasper. The transaction closed at the end of March and nexAir assumed operations of the M&A Welding Supply locations. The organization’s 15 employees will join nexAir’s Georgia operations.
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Report: Robotic welding to grow sharply by 2020
Manufacturing Business Technology
A newly released report expects revenues for the robotic welding market to increase by nearly 40 percent as emerging nations gain awareness of its potential benefits. According to the analysis by Frost & Sullivan, the robotic welding market earned revenues of $2.44 billion in 2014. That total is expected to climb to $3.38 billion by 2020, in large part due to increased global awareness of both technological advances in welding and their long-term benefits.
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New ESAB welding helmet brings array of benefits
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ESAB Welding & Cutting Products introduces the Aristo Tech HD welding helmet, its first auto-darkening helmet with an optical class of 1/1/1/1, which indicates the highest optical performance possible according to the rigorous EN 379 Standard. Professional welders will immediately notice greater clarity of the weld and increased definition of the weld pool, which helps them achieve more accurate results while reducing eye strain, especially when welding for long periods.
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