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Can this Louisville, Kentucky, executive solve the manufacturing industry's workforce problem?
Louisville Business First
For decades, the manufacturing industry has been plagued by a lack of trained, skilled workers. That's a product of an educational system that hasn't kept up with the needs of modern manufacturers, according to Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the Washington D.C.-based National Association of Manufacturers. There are not enough people to fill jobs that require highly technical training — welders, machine programmers, operators, etc. That said, Timmons believes that a Louisville executive, GE Appliances CEO Chip Blankenship, can make an impact in addressing the skilled workers drought.
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Final Funding Call: Effective Use of the Last Round of TAACCT Funds
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This webinar focuses on how community colleges and business and industry associations can partner together to provide industry-recognized credentials for students and job seekers.
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Welding Education, Skills, and Certifications Conference
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July 23-25, 2014
Indianapolis
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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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Heat Treatment Conference
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August 12-13, 2014
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The thermal effects from welding and heat treatment influence the microstructure and mechanical properties of welds. Various materials, such as carbon steels and other alloy grades, are affected by heat treatment which changes the weld metallurgy and influences the final welded product. Better understanding of the impact of welding and heat treatment practices can allow for the weld quality and reliability to be optimized for the application.

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American Welding Society Opens Asian Offices
AWS
The American Welding Society (AWS), a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the science of welding, announced today the opening of AWS Asia. Based in Hong Kong, China, with a second office in Beijing, AWS Asia will help serve AWS’s growing Asian market.
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Call for Entries for Image of Welding Awards
AWS
The American Welding Society (AWS) is once again searching for the best and brightest stars in the welding community, and has issued a call for entries for the 12th Annual Image of Welding Awards. The awards recognize and celebrate outstanding public contributions to the welding industry. The deadline for entries is July 31, 2014.
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Closing the gap: Toyota Alabama, Calhoun CC launch advanced manufacturing program for students
AL.com
Hoping to close the gap of unfilled skilled technician jobs across the state, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama recently announced the launch of a new education-to-work initiative with Calhoun Community College. The Advanced Manufacturing Technician program gives students the opportunity to get hands-on experience in the manufacturing sector, while also earning enough pay to graduate debt-free with an Associate of Applied Science in Advanced Manufacturing degree.
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Horry County (SC) Technical College welding program attendance on the rise
WBTW-TV
Moves to Horry County, South Carolina, by manufacturing companies like P-T-R and Accent Stainless Steel has accentuated the need for welders. And perhaps due to that need, Horry-Georgetown Technical College said its welding program has increased by around 60 students in the last year. For Kelly Robinson, a recent graduate, it's always been a dream to create. That's why she took a risk and decided to learn how to become a welder.
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Credit unions help connect students with jobs
Public News Service
Contrary to what some may believe, there are plenty of jobs in Michigan offering solid wages, but not enough qualified applicants for the positions. That's why the Michigan Credit Union League wants to help connect students with those opportunities. Jobs in the so-called skilled trade industry are in high demand, and while they do require training, they don't require a four-year degree.
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Southwestern Illinois College students find welding success
STLtoday
Four Southwestern Illinois College students demonstrated their talent in welding at a recent skill competition, according to a press release. Students Brian Hall of Collinsville and DeAndre LePrade of Shiloh tied for first place, while Zack Burdynski of Granite City took second place and Nick Hiatt of Collinsville came in fourth at the American Welding Society Mini Welding Show Virtual Welding Contest held recently at Cee Kay Supply in St. Louis.
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Miller Electric hosting oil and gas event in Edmonton, Alberta
Canadian Metalworking
Miller Electric Mfg. Co. will host a free Oil & Gas Welding Technology Conference and Expo in Edmonton, Alberta, on June 4. The event will bring together industry professionals and highlight real-world cutting, heating and welding technologies that improve results, save time and reduce costs.
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Florida funding may help expand welding program at Haney Technical Center
WMBB-TV
A Bay County, Florida, school is eagerly awaiting special funding from the state. The money would help enhance one of its most demanded certificate programs. If Gov. Rick Scott approves the budget, Tom P. Haney Technical Center will receive $250,000 to expand its Applied Welding Technologies Program. "The demand for this program is so large right now that we have a waiting list," Michael Heptinstall, director of the technical center, said.
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Can this Louisville, Kentucky, executive solve the manufacturing industry's workforce problem?
Louisville Business First
Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the Washington D.C.-based National Association of Manufacturersbelieves that a Louisville executive, GE Appliances CEO Chip Blankenship, can make an impact in addressing the skilled workers drought.

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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.

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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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Anoka (Minnesota) Technical College's welding students in high demand
ABC Newspapers
Twenty-three Anoka Technical College Welding students have already been accepted into unions, including Millwright Union 548, St. Paul Pipefitters, Minneapolis Pipefitters, Boilermakers Union and Ironworkers Union. "Contractors have clearly stated that the recruits for Millwright Union 548 from Anoka Technical College are some of the best they have seen, and they strongly encourage us to continue these recruitment efforts," said Travis Beck, Business Representative from 548.
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2 manufacturing giants in the Northwest to merge
Portland Tribune via KOIN-TV
Two of the largest industrial companies in the Portland region are merging. Oregon Iron Works and Vigor Industrial announced the companies are joining forces May 21. Clackamas-based OIW is a specialty manufacturing firm with commercial, marine, nuclear, aerospace, hydroelectric, defense and transportation divisions. Vigor Industrial is a leading provider of shipbuilding, ship repair and other industrial services in the Pacific Northwest.
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Building a brighter future
Hillsboro Free Press
A small third-generation Main Street repair business in Hillsboro has reinvigorated its financial future, thanks to a connection with one of the largest agriculture equipment manufacturers in the area. Jost Welding, a fixture at 118 S. Main St. since 1919, is finding a new niche through its business relationship with the AGCO manufacturing plant in Hesston.
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