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    Manufacturing academy in Florida aims to close skills gap
    The Tampa Tribune
    A survey last year of 109 manufacturing companies in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, Fla., showed a chronic need for high-skilled workers, from solderers to machinists to welders. The skills gap that the survey revealed exists despite the ongoing efforts of numerous vocational training programs in high schools and community colleges. The problem, experts say, is that training programs are fragmented with little coordination among themselves or with manufacturing industries that are crying out for skilled workers. Now, a manufacturing academy at Hillsborough Community College looks to alleviate those problems.
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    Aluminum Welding Conference
    AWS
    May 28-29, 2014
    New Orleans

    The 17th Aluminum Welding Conference will feature a distinguished panel of aluminum-industry experts who will survey the state of welding technology and practice. This conference also provides several networking opportunities with speakers and other participants, as well as exhibits showcasing products and services available to the aluminum welding industry.

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    Welding Education, Skills, and Certifications Conference
    AWS
    July 23-25, 2014
    Indianapolis
    Ivy Tech Community College

    The American Welding Society has created a conference program that answers questions on the essential requirements to become an accredited testing facility. Conference topics include skill training, curriculum strategies, advanced e-learning strategies, and many other topics. Educational institutions, corporate trainers, and educators are all encouraged to attend.

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    Ohio Boy Scouts learn to weld
    Akron Beacon Journal
    Dozens of Boy Scouts descended April 24 on the campus of Ohio Technical College to earn merit badges for welding. It was one of four sessions that brought nearly 150 Scouts to the college to learn about welding and other technical skills. The program was sponsored jointly by Ohio Technical College and Lincoln Electric. Each of the Scouts received a lesson in welding from volunteers from the college and Lincoln Electric using three pieces of precut metal supplied by Lincoln that could be welded together to create a statue of an eagle.
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    How will Ford build the aluminum F-150?
    Automotive News
    The humble rivet. That's what Demos Hoursoglou, Jaguar Land Rover's body-in-white manufacturing manager, puts near the top of his list of worries about assembling the aluminum body of the Range Rover. The 2014 Range Rover body uses 17 types of rivets, 3,722 per vehicle. If one jams in a gun or is inserted incorrectly, production stops. Before a rivet reaches the production line, it is inspected at least twice, sorted and X-rayed. Each shipment of bar-coded rivets must be matched to the exact guns that will shoot them into the aluminum body parts. So if you want a peek at the daunting manufacturing challenge awaiting Ford to assemble F-150s with aluminum bodies, you need to look at rivets — and many other complex aspects of this assembly plant in England's industrial Midlands.
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    Mobile manufacturing lab to help train unemployed in NJ
    The Times of Trenton
    As manufacturing begins to rebound in New Jersey and around the country, there are plenty of jobs, but the kind of skilled workers needed are hard to come by. However, a six-ton mobile lab, purchased with a federal grant from the Labor Department, is one of two being built to advance the N.J. Manufacturing Training Initiative. The trailer, conceived at Camden County College two years ago, comes equipped with mobile generators, a 384-square-foot classroom with computers and training equipment for 10 students.
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    Female welding students thriving at Virginia community college
    Martinsville Bulletin
    In a career largely populated by men, some women might think twice about signing up. But three women enrolled in the welding program at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, Va., said they didn’t have any second thoughts about their intended careers. "My grandpa is a welder, my dad is a welder and my brother is a welder. I've been around it my whole life," said Alexandria Divinie, who will finish the welding program this summer. "They’re really proud of what I'm doing."
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    Montana's Highlands College allies with SeaCast to create welding program
    KTVM-TV
    Highlands College in Butte, Mont., has allied with local manufacturer SeaCast to create a one-semester aerospace welding program. SeaCast is donating $35,000 to Highlands College for new equipment and upgrades to the school's welding shop. The company manufactures precision jet engine parts under a partnership with General Electric's aerospace division.
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    Grant supports expansion of Arkansas college's welding program
    Baxter Bulletin
    Arkansas state Rep. Kelley Linck recently presented a $19,370 General Improvement Fund grant to Arkansas State University Mountain Home. The funds will be utilized to secure aluminum welding machines to expand the welding program at ASUMH. "ASUMH has played a critical role as the local college by adjusting to the workforce needs. They did that in the medical field and now they are looking to the industrial side. I’m glad to partner with ASU Mountain Home to meet the needs of our community in building a strong workforce," Linck said at the presentation.
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    US, Mexico are 'rising stars' in manufacturing cost competitiveness
    IndustryWeek
    When it comes to where to site a factory for manufacturing competitiveness, be prepared to throw the old stereotypes out the window. Over the past decade, the U.S. and Mexico have become "rising stars" among the top 25 export economies while China and Brazil are among the countries that have seen their cost advantages erode significantly, new analysis by the Boston Consulting Group shows. Overall costs in the U.S. are 10 to 25 percent lower than those of the world’s 10 leading goods-exporting nations with the exception of China.
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    Omaha, Neb., school district plans to spend $1.2 million to replace broken or outdated industrial technology tools
    Omaha World-Herald
    Duct tape holds together a saw in one of Omaha (Neb.) Bryan High's industrial technology classrooms. In schools like Bryan, equipment and power tools are increasingly showing their age. Broken table saws sit in corners, gathering dust. Parts for older tools are increasingly difficult to come by, and technology that was new 15 years ago is now outdated. But, for the first time in more than 20 years, the Omaha Public Schools are about to embark on a widespread purchase of new tools and technology.
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    Oregon technical institute eying former Neilsen Manufacturing facility for career tech school
    Statesman Journal
    A former manufacturing plant could be renovated to house a new career and technical education high school in Salem, Ore. Chuck Lee, the president of Mountain West Career Technical Institute, said the group wants to purchase what used to be the Neilsen Manufacturing Inc. facility on Portland Road NE to create the new school.
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    Florida student welders head to competition
    Orlando Sentinel
    The heat is on for two students at Lake Tech in Eustis, Fla., who are competing at the state SkillsUSA welding competition in Pensacola. The winner will advance to the national championships in Kansas City, Mo., at the end of June. Welding student Allan Ucci, 22, won first place and Mario Sozzani, 30, won third place at the regional SkillsUSA welding competition held at Lake Tech in February. Students from Lake Tech and those from Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Polk and St. Lucie counties competed in displaying a number of welding skills.
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    Manufacturing academy in Florida aims to close skills gap
    The Tampa Tribune
    A survey last year of 109 manufacturing companies in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, Fla., showed a chronic need for high-skilled workers, from solderers to machinists to welders. Now, a manufacturing academy at Hillsborough Community College looks to alleviate those problems.

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    AWS 2014 President Dean Wilson shares a special message on his vision for welding innovation
    AWS
    To succeed in welding, we need good materials, the right equipment, and proven procedures. Most of all, we need skilled personnel. A major part of the American Welding Society's 2014 plan is to supercharge the welding workforce. AWS has always been focused on people improving technology. Now we are also using technology to improve people and their professional career paths.

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    Labor shortage threatens to bust the shale boom
    Bloomberg Businessweek
    How high is demand for welders to work in the shale boom on the U.S. Gulf Coast? So high that "you can take every citizen in the region of Lake Charles, La., between the ages of 5 and 85 and teach them all how to weld and you’re not going to have enough welders," said Peter Huntsman, chief executive officer of chemical-maker Huntsman Corp.

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    Sisson purchases Springville, NY, welding firm
    Buffalo Business First
    John Sisson, who owned Quality Inspection Services Inc. for 23 years, has bought BWS Inc., a Springville, N.Y.-based welder, specialty fabricator and former customer. Terms were not disclosed. BWS was founded in 1975 and, since 1999, has been run by Debbie Edwards, whose father started the company, which services Buffalo-area manufacturers and industries including oil, gas and chemical.
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    Public to Nebraska school board: Find advanced welding teacher
    North Platte Bulletin
    Twelve people, business owners as well as students, urged the North Platte, Neb., school board April 22 to hire another welding instructor at the town's high school. Veteran welding instructor Jason Reed is leaving North Platte to take a similar job in Lexington. Superintendent Marty Bassett said he didn't intend to replace Reed. Instead, other industrial arts teachers would pick up the slack.
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