This Week in Welding
Feb. 3, 2015

Welding, a career worth pursuing
Argus Leader
You wonder in a blue-collar state like South Dakota why more young people don't go into skilled jobs like welding. Is it the pay? Is it some long-held belief that welders are dirty and grimy all the time, drenched in sweat and laboring in uncomfortable conditions? If so, that's not the reality at all, says Jeff Holcomb, president of Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls.More

AWS 9th Shipbuilding Conference
Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel
April 7-8, 2015
Virginia Beach, VA

The conference will include a technical program featuring presentations on additive manufacturing, automation, new filler materials and NDT. Presenters will discuss a newly developed welding electrode that upon cooling does not shrink which will help reduce distortion effects and perhaps negate the need for weld toe peening required for fatigue life extension. The latest in aluminum welding from a true expert in the field will be presented. Several presenters will highlight new methods of automating the welding operations in shipyards. The recently introduced NDT method of computed RT will be discussed as well as the use of artificial intelligence as applied to NDT. As keynote speaker, Johnnie DeLoach the Head of the Materials Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division will kick off the conference.More

2015 International Brazing & Soldering Conference
April 19-22, 2015
Long Beach, California

Now in its 6th Year, the IBSC remains the premier event for the brazing and soldering community. For years, the IBSC has provided professionals, scientists and engineers involved in the research, development and application of brazing and soldering, a unique networking and idea-exchange forum. This four-day conference provides cutting-edge education and technical programming for the brazing and soldering community, as well as peer-networking and a full exhibit program, showcasing the latest trends, products, processes and techniques available in the industry.More

Success is all in the weld, student shows
The Daily News
In Shawn Trader’s classroom, it’s important that students learn not just about welding, but that they also learn some important things about life, he said. "I want them to learn things like discipline, safety, being on time, accountability and taking care of business," Trader said. "These are all things they can carry on for the rest of their lives." For Gabe Simpson, a senior at Texas City High School who has muscular dystrophy, Trader’s class has taught him much more than just how to weld a custom barbecue pit. He’s learned just how far he can go with hard work, determination and a great group of friends and teammates.More

Top 10 states for manufacturing jobs
The Census Bureau earlier recently released manufacturing statistics from its 2012 Economic Census at the state, metro area and county levels, as well as for cities and towns, for more than 350 manufacturing industries. The data cover more than 296,000 U.S. manufacturing establishments within every state and their localities.More

How GM will use multiple aluminum joining technologies in the new Cadillac
In manufacturing engineering, the search for the "best way" to fasten components into subassemblies is a major part of the job. There are lots of options for fastening sheet metal, and in auto body assembly, spot welding has been the method of choice for decades. Now that aluminum is becoming the preferred unibody construction material, General Motors is using a novel mixed approach to building the new Cadillac CT6 large sedan.More

Colby, Wisconsin, students test welding skills with simulator
Marshfield News-Herald
As central Wisconsin manufacturers continue their search for welders in a tight labor market, a group of businesses is getting into schools and letting students test their skills with a virtual reality welding simulator. About 70 students, both at the Colby high school and junior high school, tried out the simulator recently and received grades on test welds to see how well they performed. More

Texas Southmost College graduates 1st welding class
The Brownsville Herald
It only took nine weeks for seven Texas Southmost College students to become the first graduating class of the TSC Workforce Training and Continuing Education Welding program on Jan. 30 in Brownsville, Texas. The seven students officially received certificates of completion at a graduation ceremony held in the auditorium at Keppel AmFELS.More

Alabama high school's welding program launching some lucrative careers
Dothan Eagle
For 27 years, Enterprise (Alabama) High School welding instructor Dale Stewart has seen students come and go. But they often keep in touch. Whether it’s to show off a welding paycheck or throw him some thanks, Stewart said he regularly receives texts and phone calls from former students. Those calls shouldn’t stop anytime soon, either, as more and more students scramble to register for the popular class.More

Nash Community College welding department earns accolade
Rocky Mount Telegram
The welding department at Nash Community College in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, was named recipient of the 2014 Ambassador Award. This award is presented annually to an individual or group for representing the College in the surrounding community with superlative regard. "On behalf of the Nash Community College Welding Department, I would like to say how honored we all are to be recipients of the 2014 Ambassador Award," welding instructor Jay Manning said.More

New York state's Salmon River Central to add welding course
A new vocational-training program coming to Salmon River Central School in Bombay, New York, will forge the next generation of St. Regis Mohawk ironworkers and other welding professionals. Students taking metalworking technology/welding courses will earn certification in a variety of disciplines and techniques in the two-year program, giving them the option to start working in their field right away or to apply their experiences toward a college degree.More

Steel production makes small jump globally in 2014
Raw steel production in North America rose 2.0 percent in 2014, totaling 121.2 million metric tons. U.S. raw steel production for the year rose 1.7 percent to 88.3 million metric tons, or 97.35 million short tons. Global raw steel production totaled 1.64 billion metric tons in 2014, an increase of 1.2 percent over the 2013 total according to results released by the World Steel Association.More