This Week in Welding
Apr. 15, 2014

Father-daughter welding students forge bond in class
Tim and Tabitha Webb aren't afraid to try new things. "She said, 'I want to do this welding thing, dad,'" Tim said. "And I was like, 'Okay, let's do it.'" Tim spent more than 23 years in the Navy. Tabitha worked a variety of jobs after graduating from Moline (Ill.) High School in 2012. Now, the'’re suiting up as the first father-daughter welding students at Midwest Technical Institute.More

International Symposium on Advances in Resistance Welding
April 28-30, 2014

Technical conference on resistance welding topics presented by AWS and the Resistance Welding Manufacturing Alliance (RWMA).More

Aluminum Welding for Engineers Seminar
May 27, 2014
New Orleans

Is aluminum welding difficult or just different? Find out in this one-day seminar intended for engineers who specify or design aluminum welds. Seminar will address topics such as new 2013 AWS D1.2 Aluminum Structural Welding Code, aluminum welding processes and inspecting aluminum welds using visual, dye penetrant, radiographic and ultrasonic methods. More

Welding Education, Skills, and Certifications Conference
July 23-25, 2014
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.More

Nominate Welding Industry's Best for AWS Image of Welding Awards
The awards recognize individuals and organizations that have shown exemplary dedication to promoting the image of welding in their communities. Awards are issued in eight categories, including: individual, large business, small business, distributor, educator, educational facility, AWS Section and media. More

More welding services moving to Houston for energy boom
Houston Business Journal
The oil and gas and petrochemical sectors are ringing the alarm bells about skilled labor shortages along the Gulf Coast, with a construction boom kicking off. Apart from the traditional workforce development efforts, some private companies are moving to Houston to take advantage of the needs.More

These 5 manufacturing trends are no joke
For as many fits and starts as they have suffered over the years, manufacturers can be forgiven for not participating in the annual prankfest known as April Fool’s Day. Recent results have left some in the sector understandably humorless. For example, while both the U.S. and Canada enjoyed manufacturing growth in March, Canadian input costs rose to their highest levels in nearly three years due to a weaker currency. Smaller U.S. factories are taking a cautious approach in response to the uncertainty. More

Welding jobs in demand in Pennsylvania's Mon Valley
Brownsville Marine Products hosted a job fair recently, recruiting potential new welders. “We sent a bunch of secondary students who are about to graduate, and they hired every person we sent there,” said Vernon Stouffer, work-based learning coordinator and math teacher at the Mon Valley Career and Technology Center in Speers, Pa. Such is the need for welders that even employers are training prospective employees. Brownsville Marine Products did welding testing at the job fair. Many of the students sent by the vocational technical school had some welding experience.More

Schools2Skills hooks more future manufacturing workers
Milwaukee Business Journal
Alex Clementi, a junior at Kettle Moraine High School in Wisconsin, thought factories were loud, cluttered and smelly before he went on the Waukesha County Business Alliance's Schools2Skills tour of three manufacturing facilities April 10. After visiting Bruno Independent Living Aids Inc., an Oconomowoc company that makes assisted living devices like chair and stair lifts, he thinks differently about factories and wants to be a welder because he likes the idea of being able to work with his hands and be challenged by his job.More

Divers weld new life into Coast Guard cutter
Divers took a dip in the icy Duluth (Minn.) Harbor one recent afternoon to make rudder repairs to the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay. It's just another day at the office, but in a wetsuit for James Morris and his diving crew. He said it is tough diving into an icy harbor. “Fighting through, a lot of times, in the dark with limited visibility and being cold or every sense you have is on overload because you're not in your original environment,” Morris said.More

Penn Commercial breaks ground on new welding lab
With the hoisting of 11 shovels, Penn Commercial Business and Technical School sealed the deal on the start of its welding lab. “The welding trade is one of many things the oil and gas industry needs,” state Sen. Tim Solobay said April 10, minutes before the ceremonial groundbreaking for the facility in South Strabane Township, Pa. Welding has made a big comeback in the region, thanks partly to the oil and gas boom, and Penn Commercial has joined the educational fray.More

Lamar (Colo.) CC's construction trades building expands to accommodate student growth
The Prowers Journal
Lamar (Colo.) Community College’s Construction Technology Program has continued to expand in recent years. With traditional and nontraditional students, and men and women, those who have a career and those who are improving skills for their current career have enrolled in the program. As the program continued to add students, the construction trades building at the school lacked capacity to accommodate the increased number of students in the welding program, and upgrades were needed to the electrical infrastructure, as well as the ventilation in order to meet the demands of the growing program.More

Father-daughter welding students forge bond in class
Tim and Tabitha Webb aren’t afraid to try new things. Tim spent more than 23 years in the Navy. Tabitha worked a variety of jobs after graduating from Moline (Ill.) High School in 2012. Now, they’re suiting up as the first father-daughter welding students at Midwest Technical Institute.More

Welders, America needs you
Bloomberg Businessweek
For the first time since the early 1960s, manufacturers have added jobs four years in a row. Couple that with the oil and gas boom and the thousands of miles of new pipeline being built, and the demand for skilled welders has risen sharply.More

Be prepared: 5 potential welding safety hazards to avoid
Occupational Health & Safety
Safety is a critical consideration for any welding project. Arc welding is a safe occupation when proper precautions are taken, but if safety measures are ignored, welders face an array of hazards that can be potentially dangerous, including electric shock, fumes and gases, fire, explosions and more.More

Delaware governor outlines manufacturing education plan
The News Journal
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell recently outlined a program to allow high school juniors and seniors to obtain professional manufacturing certificates upon graduation, his office announced. It is part of the governor’s job creation initiatives, and his office said it would help provide students with a road map from the classroom to employment. Markell had previewed the initiative during his State of the State address earlier this year.More

South Aiken (SC) High School's new welding program finds quick success
Aiken Standard
For the past nine months, Kyle Neira and Sean Cameron have used every spare second to race to South Aiken High School's welding classes and get some work done. “I love it,” said Neira, a junior like Cameron. "Anything you want to build, you can.” South Aiken's new welding program has a first-year teacher, too. But Oscar Rushton has 15 years' experience in the welding fabrication field, and in 2005, “I found I enjoyed working with kids,” he said.More