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Selling manufacturing to a new generation
USA Today
Manufacturers across the United States are targeting schools and colleges to let young people know there is more to manufacturing than pulling levers on an assembly line. "People still have the idea that manufacturing is a dirty dungeon place," said Andy Bushmaker of KI Furniture, a maker of school desks and cafeteria tables in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The goal, Bushmaker said, is to get people to see manufacturing jobs as the high-tech, high-skilled and high-paying careers they can be in the second decade of the 21st century.
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Aluminum Welding Conference
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May 28-29, 2014
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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
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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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Hereford (Texas) High School students show off their welding skills
KVII-TV
Welding students at Hereford High School in Texas are being recognized for their hard work and by placing first in state and third in regional competition. The class has also helped them find a career they want to purse. Hereford Independent School District is one of the only ones in the Texas Panhandle area that gives students the opportunity to earn their welding certificates before they even graduate high school.
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5 ways to prepare your factory for localization
IndustryWeek
Industries have known for a while that manufacturing work is returning to North America from China and other parts of Asia. Yet, the trend may be accelerating. According to the HSBC purchasing managers' index, Chinese manufacturing activity sank again in April — the fourth consecutive monthly decline in the region — even as U.S. and Canadian factories continue to thrive.
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Firms embrace advanced manufacturing
Pro Business via The News Journal
The term manufacturing conjures images of smokestacks and hard hats, of people using good old-fashioned elbow grease to power assembly lines in 200,000-square-foot factories. But those days are gone. Today, the men and women wearing protective equipment are working in tandem with research and development personnel in lab coats.
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Colorado artist Jeff Bates creates unique art through welding
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
The next time you relax on a bench in Fruita, Colorado, turn around and look at the detail. Is it the shape of a dinosaur? What about the end of a car? All of these pieces are done by Fruita resident and artist Jeff Bates. Ever since high school, Bates used welding as a way to express himself. Later, when he lived in Oklahoma, he worked as a welder for structures and oil fields. But in his free time, he found himself making pieces of art with metals and hardware.
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Manufacturing jobs rank low for entry-level workers
Gainesville Times
School and government officials, as well as employers, have been promoting jobs in the skilled trades as more manufacturing positions open up in Georgia. For example, the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development has created the Go Build Georgia campaign, promoting careers in a variety of trades, like welding and other manufacturing positions. But a survey done by the consumer finance website WalletHub found the worst entry-level jobs included many manufacturing positions, like "tool and die maker," “welder" and "floor assembler." Educators and employers remain steadfast that welding, and other manufacturing jobs, are both plentiful and well-paying.
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Sputtering auto education leads to skills breakdown
Automotive News
Dealership service managers are complaining about a rusty old clunker that's gumming up their operations: America's vocational education system. Traditional schools are steering more students toward college with curricula heavy on science, math and technology. Meanwhile, service managers say, neglected vocational and industrial arts programs are turning out a generation of auto mechanics whose skills aren't keeping pace with the cars they're assigned to fix.
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Ohio Board of Regents grants $3 million to 9 colleges to support education in welding, 3-D printing
The Cleveland Leader
The Ohio Board of Regents recently announced the recipients of nearly $3 million in grants to be used for supporting education for the next generation of welding and 3-D printing programs. Nine community colleges and universities throughout the state, including Cleveland State, Cuyahoga Community College and Lorain County Community College in the Greater Cleveland area, were awarded the grants, which range between $35,000 to over $300,000.
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Selling manufacturing to a new generation
USA Today
Manufacturers across the United States are targeting schools and colleges to let young people know there is more to manufacturing than pulling levers on an assembly line. "People still have the idea that manufacturing is a dirty dungeon place," said Andy Bushmaker of KI Furniture, a maker of school desks and cafeteria tables in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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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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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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Steel companies, lawmakers push for tougher enforcement on imports
IndustryWeek
The U.S. steel industry continues to press its case that the federal government is allowing too much cheap foreign steel to be dumped on the American market, thereby jeopardizing the jobs of half a million U.S. steelworkers. A report issued recently by the Economic Policy Institute supports the industry's case. The report states that global excess steel capacity is more than 500 million metric tons — more than twice the volume of the surplus that followed the 1998 Asian financial crisis — and that state-backed foreign steelmakers have targeted America's large, open market to offload that excess supply.
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Employment training program set for Pennsylvania's Bucks County CC
The Philadelphia Inquirer
A metal fabrication training program is being offered to unemployed or underemployed residents of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, through a Community Development Block Grant provided by the Bucks County commissioners. The program was developed to train prequalified individuals to fill positions in metal manufacturing companies in Bucks County.
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New Hampshire welding student going to nationals after sweeping state competition
The Berlin Daily Sun
Three students from Berlin (New Hampshire) High School's welding program swept the state competition in April, taking first, second and third place. The first place winner, senior Jon Lam, is moving on to compete at nationals in Kansas City, Mo., this June. This year, the Skills N.H. competition was held at the Seacoast School of Technology in Exeter. Four high schools from New Hampshire each brought three students to compete.
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