This Week in Welding
Jul. 1, 2014

5 manufacturing-supporting bills approved by Senate
The Manufacturing Jobs for America campaign, helmed by Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., has announced that the U.S. Senate has approved bipartisan legislation that will strengthen the nation’s manufacturing workforce training programs and help fill the skills gap that many manufacturers are coming up against. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act eliminates 15 unnecessary programs and includes five skills-training provisions from Coons’ Manufacturing Jobs for America campaign to help prepare the current workforce for the high-technology manufacturing jobs of today.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

Heat Treatment Conference
August 12-13, 2014
Sheraton Arlington Hotel

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.More

Industrial Arts Institute opens in Michigan in response to high demand for welders
Companies that employ people in skilled trades like welding are looking to fill jobs. But they say the skill set isn't always there. Mike Mehan is an instructor at Onaway, Michigan's new trade school, Industrial Arts Institute. He works for Moran Iron Works, and has been welding for more than 30 years. He says, "it isn't that there's not work, it's finding the skill level you need and that's what this school is about."More

Why the manufacturing skills gap is serious
IMPO via
The manufacturing skills gap It seems you can’t go a week without a politician, media outlet or industry leader wringing their hands over this issue, perhaps because it’s just so confounding. In an industry that has yet to recover the jobs lost in the recession, we’re dealing with vacancies in the skilled trades that threaten to derail production growth and sector expansion. According to Manpower Group’s latest Talent Shortage Survey, skilled trades positions are the most difficult to fill, and have ranked No. 1 for the past four years. More

Booming Houston is top for manufacturing
Houston Chronicle
Houston has been named the best city in America for manufacturing by Forbes. The Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area outstripped past giants Los Angeles and Chicago, where the manufacturing sectors are shrinking rapidly compared to Houston, which is on a strong trajectory, according to the magazine's analysts. Forbes says the more than $35 billion worth of new refineries planned next year for the Bayou City and the surrounding area puts Houston way ahead for businesses looking to the future.More

Elected officials celebrate Rochester, New York, welding program graduates
Rochester Business Journal
Welding, blacksmithing and glass flameworking demonstrations may not be common at graduation ceremonies, but for 30 students graduating from Rochester Arc + Flame Center, it was only fitting. New York Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy and Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks spoke at the graduation ceremony of the students, who completed a 360-hour Industry Certificate Welding Program, which is an alternative to completing an apprenticeship in the field.More

GE, Notre Dame join unveil new turbomachinery facility
In an effort to advance the technology of gas turbine engines used for jet aircraft, power-generation plants, and the oil and gas industry, GE is providing $13.5 million over the next five years to fund research at the Notre Dame Turbomachinery Facility. The facility, which was unveiled on June 26 in South Bend, Indiana, will test engine components at pressures and temperatures higher than any at current U.S. university facilities.More

MAU is hiring to fill welder positions in Anderson, South Carolina
MAU Workforce Solutions via PRWeb
MAU Workforce Solutions is hiring to fill immediate openings for welder positions in Anderson, South Carolina. Both first and second shifts are available and a minimum of six months welding experience is required. More

8 graduate from 1st welding certificate program at Iowa college
Oelwein Daily Register
Eight Oelwein, Iowa, area community members graduated from the Welding Career Pathway Certificate program at the Northeast Iowa Community College Regional Academy for Math and Science and Oelwein Center on June 4. The students participated in the first welding certificate program to be offered by NICC in Oelwein.More

Newport News Shipbuilding brings welding to Allendale, South Carolina
The Times and Democrat
Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division is donating training resources to the Southern Carolina Regional Development Alliance for a welding program in Allendale County, South Carolina. The SCA’s Advanced Manufacturing Skills Training Program has already provided 47 students with welding training, and the SCA is now working to expand the program by implementing curricula developed and used by Newport News Shipbuilding. More

New Jersey college offering welding course
Thanks to the Department of Labor Opportunities4Jersey grant, Union County (New Jersey) College is now offering training in welding. In partnership with Durex Inc., located in Union, the college will be running its next training period beginning on July 7. To qualify to participate in the program, one must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma and be collecting unemployment. More

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce begins welder training program in Milwaukee
Milwaukee Business Journal
As part of a job training initiative, Miller Electric Mfg. Co., which is based in Appleton, Wisconsin, is helping to kick off a welding training program this summer in partnership with area employers, manufacturing alliances, technical colleges, workforce development boards and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.More

5 manufacturing-supporting bills approved by Senate
The Manufacturing Jobs for America campaign, helmed by Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., has announced that the U.S. Senate has approved bipartisan legislation that will strengthen the nation’s manufacturing workforce training programs and help fill the skills gap that many manufacturers are coming up against. More

Bay Bridge's troubled China connection
The Sacramento Bee
The Chinese company hired to build key parts of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in California had never built a bridge. Shanghai Zhenhua Port Machinery Co. Ltd., after all, was a manufacturer of giant cranes for container ports.More

White House hails rebound of US manufacturing, but is it for real?
The Christian Science Monitor
The U.S. manufacturing industry is coming back, a new report from the National Economic Committee declares, but manufacturing experts aren't ready to declare victory just yet.More

Welding registration now underway at Virginia education center
The Gazette-Virginian
Registration is now open for welding training at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center. Within 18 months, students will learn MIG, TIG and stick-and-pipe welding in the center’s new state-of-the-art welding lab. More

'Girls can't what?': Bid to boost women in engineering in UK
BBC News
"Girls can't what?" is the question posed on the U.K.'s first National Women in Engineering Day. You can be sure the answer from the organizers is not going to be weld. Samantha Thompson is 24. Two years ago, she bought a house. She's about to take delivery of a brand new car. Not bad for a former part-time hairdresser who describes herself as "a nightmare child."More