This Week in Welding
May. 6, 2014

American Welding Society Encourages Community College Welding Programs to Seek TAACCCT Grant Funding
AWS
The American Welding Society recently announced that it commends the objectives of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) round four requests for grant applications. This round of funding is the final installment of $450 million U.S. Labor Department grants available to expand job-driven training partnerships between community colleges and employers.More

6th International Brazing & Soldering Conference Call for Papers
AWS
April 19-22, 2015
Long Beach, California

Brazing and soldering professionals are invited to submit abstracts of 150 to 200 words describing original, previously unpublished work for consideration. The work may pertain to current research, actual or potential applications, or new developments.More

Aluminum Welding Conference
AWS
May 28-29, 2014
New Orleans

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.More

Welding Education, Skills, and Certifications Conference
AWS
July 23-25, 2014
Indianapolis
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

From trucking to welding — moms take jobs that pay the bills
Deseret News
A Wyoming program trains single moms for high-paying jobs. In most Wyoming towns, that means mom is driving a truck, a forklift or learning to weld.More

Mike Rowe: Is learning a trade better than college?
CNN
For years, as the host of "Dirty Jobs," Mike Rowe brought viewers the stories of Americans who build our roads, patch our roofs, and empty our septic tanks. Now Rowe, the new host of CNN's "Somebody's Gotta Do It," is making a pit stop in Washington, D.C., to see if lawmakers on Capitol Hill are interested in rolling up their sleeves to help revive the work force.More

Big bucks in the welding trade
KNOE-TV
Welders have the opportunity to make more than $60,000 a year or $15,000 in just three months. That earning potential has welding instructors adamant about reaching out to high school seniors and adults who do not see a traditional college in their futures.More

Go Build Alabama launches e-textbook, new website as student interest in skilled trades grows
AL.com
Go Build Alabama, a campaign that promotes the skilled trades, has created an e-textbook and launched a new website as student interest grows in such career fields. The program, which is entering its fifth year, is an initiative of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute and is aimed at recruiting a new generation of tradesmen as older ones leave the workforce.More

The evolution of an industry: Despite declines, manufacturing still key to Wisconsin's River Valley region
La Crosse Tribune
It’s unusual to read any good news about manufacturing these days. Like a dying star, the industry has been in slow collapse since its peak in 1979, when national employment reached 19.5 million. The numbers ebbed and flowed with each economic recession and resurgence over the next two decades, dropping to around 15.4 million in 2003 after the mild recession in 2001 and plunging to a low of around 11.5 million in 2010 after the Great Recession.More

Art students create 'iconic' piece for Jacksonville University campus
WJCT-FM
On a recent afternoon with only a week before graduation at Jacksonville University, professor Jim Benedict’s class was hard at work. The class of sophomores, juniors and seniors have end of the year exams and papers just like everyone else on campus, but the final project that they were working on this particular day, did not involve pencils, textbooks and paper. Instead, it called for bronze, stainless steel and a whole lot of welding.More

North Idaho College welding students help high school in need
The Sentinel
Students of St. Maries High School were surprised by five new welding booths donated by North Idaho College's welding program on March 26. The five new booths, measuring a total of 25 feet were hand-welded by Randy Politto, Ryan Brown, Chase Mathias and Tim Weingart, all NIC students. More

ISM: US manufacturing growth accelerates in April
Reuters
U.S. manufacturing growth accelerated for a third straight month in April, an industry report showed May 1, boosted by a pickup in employment growth. The Institute for Supply Management said its index of national factory activity rose to 54.9 in April, up from 53.7 in March. It was the best reading since December. The report beat analyst expectations for a reading of 54.3, though the index remains below November's recent peak of 57, which was the highest since April 2011.More

Iowa's Kirkwood Community College earns welding accreditation
Vinton Today
Kirkwood Community College is the first community college in Iowa to become an American Welding Society Accredited Test Facility for certifying welders. Kirkwood became an Accredited Test Facility in March after a yearlong process of procuring equipment, writing a Quality Plan and developing associated documentation that concluded with a two-day audit.More

Georgia's manufacturing sector continues rebound
Atlanta Business Chronicle
Georgia's manufacturing activity improved for a third consecutive month in April, despite slight dips in production and employment, the Econometric Center at Kennesaw State University’s Michael J. Coles College of Business reported. The Georgia Purchasing Managers Index for April is 62.7 — up 0.2 points. A PMI reading above 50 shows manufacturing activity is expanding, while a reading below 50 shows it is contracting.More

American Welding Society Encourages Community College Welding Programs to Seek TAACCCT Grant Funding
AWS
The American Welding Society recently announced that it commends the objectives of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) round four requests for grant applications. This round of funding is the final installment of $450 million U.S. Labor Department grants available to expand job-driven training partnerships between community colleges and employers. More

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.More

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. More

New welding shop to open in Lake Shore, Minn.
Lake Country Echo
A new welding and repair business will open soon in Lake Shore, Minnesota. Lee Wangstad of Fairview Township broke ground April 23 for his new venture at 7673 Interlachen Road. The business, Lee's Welding and Repair, will offer fabrication work and is set to open in a little more than a month.More

Trinity Industries to open railcar manufacturing plant in Georgia
Atlanta Business Chronicle
One of North America's largest manufacturers of transportation products plans to start making railcars at a large, existing manufacturing plant in Georgia. Trinity Industries Inc. is in the process of bringing on a large, existing railcar manufacturing plant in Georgia, D. Stephen Menzies, senior vice president and group president of Trinity's Rail and Railcar Leasing Groups, told analysts on April 30.More

High school welding program prepared alumnus for Pascagoula, Miss., shipbuilding
Crestview News Bulletin
Corey Hollett says that welding can benefit do-it-yourselfers as much as it does for professional welders. For instance, adding welding to their skill sets could help people save money on repairs, he said. "If anything, they can get a little MIG welder … when something breaks on their car, they can fix it," he said.More