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US manufacturers: Skills gap could compromise competitiveness
U.S. News & World Report
American manufacturers are increasingly finding that prospective workers do not have the skill set required to perform necessary job functions, such as basic math and computer abilities. The skills gap, if unresolved, could compromise manufacturers’ ability to stay competitive, according to some industry leaders. The cause of the gap is multifaceted. Manufacturing activity has increased in the U.S. for nearly a year and with it grows businesses’ need for skilled workers. Exacerbating the shortage is the wave of retiring baby boomers, those Americans born between 1946 and 1964.
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Aluminum Welding Conference
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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
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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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Dallas-area firm has made adjustments to fill jobs, still needs more
skilled welders

The Dallas Morning News
Wanted: Welders. Signal Metal Industries in Irving, Texas, needs to hire at least five welders. Business has picked up, and the company wants to add a third shift. Hiring those workers is crucial to the family-owned company's goal of doubling revenue in about five years. It’s also Signal's biggest challenge.
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Manufacturing training yields 100 percent student hires for New Hampshire program
Foster's Daily Democrat
One hundred percent of students who have completed an eight-week boot camp at Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, since the program's inception last fall have been hired into advanced manufacturing careers or promoted in their current careers. And for several of those students, training was provided at no cost to them, thanks to aid programs like the Workforce Investment Act and the Job Training Fund, which provide financial support to students and businesses for training and workforce development purposes.
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Natural gas boom is attracting manufacturing to the US from overseas to take advantage of cheaper fuel, feedstock
International Business Times
In the wake of the American shale gas boom and the resulting cheaper power, U.S. manufacturers have been moving their work back home from overseas, and now foreign manufacturers, especially from Europe, are moving their facilities to the U.S. While prices in the U.S. power market have fallen due to cheap natural gas, prices in Europe’s power market are much higher, lifted by subsidies for renewable wind and solar power projects. European utilities have been decommissioning thousands of gigawatts from turbines in an effort to minimize losses.
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Duke Energy makes donation to North Carolina welding program
StarNews
Duke Energy wants to help spark some welding careers in Pender County, North Carolina. The utility giant announced May 8 that its charitable foundation was donating $147,592 to Cape Fear Community College to expand the school's welding program to its Burgaw campus. The funds will be used to outfit a new welding lab, including purchasing specialized equipment and modifying the Pender County facility. The grant will also cover part of the costs of materials.
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Welding sparks interest of Canadian engineer
University of British Columbia
Welding engineer in Cleveland: it may not be a job description that appeals to everyone, but it’s music to Jennifer Peverelle's ears. Peverelle was working on a degree in materials engineering at the University of British Columbia when she discovered a passion for welding. She had no idea this would open doors to a job in the specialized field of welding engineering.
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Welding instructor wins 1st Tom Clements Innovation Award
The Denver Post
The letter from a parolee was a testament that Bob Pimple's welding instruction is much more than just a way to make time go by faster behind bars. The former prisoner who had been in Pimple's welding class at Sterling Correctional Facility wrote that he had been hired by a major iron fabrication business in Colorado. It was one of the reasons that on May 8, Pimple was named the first recipient of the newly created Tom Clements Innovation Award.
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Kennametal CEO: Debunking manufacturing myths
IndustryWeek
Kennametal CEO Carlos Cardoso believes the future of manufacturing is foundational to the health of the U.S. middle class. He says the future is facing uncertainty, as few younger workers aspire to a career in the field. Cardoso tells IndustryWeek's Pete Fehrenbach that industry needs to work together to debunk the "myth of the 4 D's — the work being Dark, Dirty, Dangerous and Dull."
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US manufacturers: Skills gap could compromise competitiveness
U.S. News & World Report
American manufacturers are increasingly finding that prospective workers do not have the skill set required to perform necessary job functions, such as basic math and computer abilities. The skills gap, if unresolved, could compromise manufacturers' ability to stay competitive, according to some industry leaders.

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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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From trucking to welding — moms take jobs that pay the bills
Deseret News
A Wyoming program trains single mothers for high-paying jobs. In most Wyoming towns, that means mom is driving a truck, a forklift or learning to weld.

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Ohio's Stark State earns grant for welding education
CantonRep.com
Stark State College will receive $300,000 in state funds to create a portable welding facility. The college is one of nine community colleges and three universities tapped to see funds from the Workforce Development Equipment and Facility Grant. The Ohio Board of Regents named recipients May 6.
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Miller to host free welding conference in Houston
North American Oil & Gas Pipelines
Wisconsin-based welding equipment manufacturer Miller Electric Mfg. Co. will host a free event for oil and gas industry professionals in Houston on June 6. The Oil and Gas Welding Technology Conference and Expo will highlight real-world cutting, heating and welding technologies that improve results, save time and reduce costs.
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Virginia's Porter's Fabrication celebrates new facility with governor's visit
Work It, Lynchburg
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe spoke at Porter’s Fabrication in Lynchburg May 9 to highlight economic priorities for Virginia and to celebrate the company’s new branch, a move that saved 74 jobs and added 59 more to the city. The jobs saved were from Diebold, which formerly occupied the manufacturing space at 3726 Cohen Place, off Mayflower Drive, until Porter's bought it in 2013.
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