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NASA SLS welding snafu sets back schedule
Aviation Week
As NASA’s heavy-lift Space Launch System enters 10 weeks of critical design review, the program manager’s main technical concern lies with correcting an alignment problem with the massive friction-stir-welding tool built to manufacture tanks for the vehicle, and not with the design itself. Two of the four 200-foot-tall steel plates designed to position and support the launch vehicle’s large aluminum tank sections as they are friction-stir-welded together are out of alignment and must be fixed, says Todd May, who heads the SLS program office.
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2nd Welding Education, Skills, and Certifications Conference and Seminar
AWS
July 13-16, 2015
Chattanooga State Community College
Chattanooga, TN

This year’s conference is structured to provide an integrated and comprehensive overview on AWS standards, services, and best practices for welding career pathway education and credentialing. It is especially valuable for education & training institutions who are developing workforce supplier and testing services with industry, and their industrial partners. The American Welding Society and leaders from top training institutions, welding technology suppliers, and industry will help you gain new insights, share best practices, exchange ideas, and solve problems specific to your technical program and your local needs. This year’s conference will also feature a workshop to promote articulation along welding pathways, and new opportunities for apprentice programs for modern metal manufacturing.

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Professional Welders Competition
AWS
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL

For a $15 entry fee, you could win the grand prize at the Professional Welders Competition, sponsored by the American Welding Society. In addition to the $2,500 grand prize, a $1,000 second prize and a $500 third prize will be awarded. The top 12 competitors will win an AWS duffel bag. Each participant will receive an AWS T-shirt with logo.

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18-year-old Lacey Holcomb welds her way to No. 1
The Sun Prairie Star
Eighteen-year-old Lacey Holcomb enjoys her classes at Sun Prairie (Wisconsin) High School, spending time with her friends, riding horses — and welding. It’s not a typical skill set for a teenager, let alone a female, but Holcomb’s talents in welding recently earned her a gold medal at the SkillsUSA Wisconsin Leadership and Skills Conference, held April 28 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.
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The future of manufacturing will happen on your desktop
Boing Boing
We live in a transitional time in which technology is allowing us to do things that once seemed impossible. Makers, now empowered with low-cost and open-source hardware/software, are taking hold of these new ideas and through a deliberate process of experimentation, play, hacking, design, iteration, building and prototyping are laying the groundwork for this new, enabled future. One of the most exciting aspects of this new maker-enabled landscape is in the area of manufacturing.
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Welding growing in popularity as job field seeks more workers
Augusta Chronicle
Chance Welker never thought he was laying the foundation for a successful career at Evans High School and Augusta (Georgia) Technical College until he received a phone call recently, 18 hours after interviewing for a welding job in Aiken, South Carolina. Canopex, a construction company that assembles and repairs gas station canopies, was offering him $32,000 a year.
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Kansas high school welding students compete at skills contest
The Kansan
Students from the Newton High School Welding Technology Program recently competed in the Kansas SkillsUSA state welding skill contest. William Wolfenberger placed second while Kyle Seeney placed third. Sergio Cervantes and Kellan Froese also competed during the day. The contest was held at Wichita Area Technical College welding facility and involved 50 students in two divisions from around the state of Kansas.
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Michigan college receives STEM grant, plans welding system purchase
Midland Daily News
Delta College’s role in preparing more students for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) has received another major boost from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation. Thanks to a grant from the foundation, the school is purchasing VRTEX Welding Training Systems from Airgas of Bay City, Michigan, for $157,000.
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What the 3-D printing bubble can teach us about tech investing
MoneyWeek
3-D printing could change the world. It could transform the manufacturing and construction industries in the same way that the Internet has upended the publishing and music industries. Sounds like the sort of business we should be buying into, right? Well, Dominic Frisby has news for you — the revolution may be coming, but the backside has fallen out of the market.
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Welding a place in the workforce
The Star
There is something of an ongoing career fair for high school students in the county. Call it the Port St. Joe (Florida) Jr./Sr. High School welding class. Now in its fifth year under an industry certification program, the class, taught by Tommy Knox, has sent students out to high-wage, good-benefit jobs around the country. Consider just two examples.
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Oklahoma college's welding team places at regional contest
Sequoyah County Times
Students in the welding program at Indian Capital Technology Center, Sallisaw, Oklahoma, campus, recently won third place in the Welding Fabrication contest at the 2015 SkillsUSA Regional Competition. Members of the team are all high school students that attend the afternoon session of ICTC.
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