This Week in Welding
Jul. 9, 2013

High-tech jobs that don't require a college degree
24/7 Wall St. via USA Today
When people think of high-tech jobs, they typically think of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and Ivy League Ph.D.s. But according to a new definition of STEM jobs — those requiring skills in science, technology, engineering or math — half of all high-tech positions are held by employees without a bachelor's degree. A recent report by the Brookings Institution redefines STEM jobs to include those with a substantial base of technical knowledge, but not necessarily requiring a bachelor's degree. With this new perspective, high-tech jobs are not limited to advanced degrees and represent a larger part of the American middle class.More

Economy added 195,000 jobs in June, but manufacturing employment fell
Detroit Free Press
U.S. manufacturing employment fell by 6,000 in June while service industries hiring part-time workers accounted for the majority of a better-than-expected creation of 195,000 nonfarm jobs last month. Automakers and some parts suppliers added about 5,100 jobs, but that was more than offset by losses in manufacturing of other goods, according to the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The national unemployment rate remained at 7.6 percent.More

Oregon lawmakers cut proposed manufacturing tax credit
The Oregonian
Oregon lawmakers have drained a proposed $150 million pool of incentives for the state's manufacturing sector. The so-called "Manny" tax credits were axed from an amendment filed July 5. Sen. Ginny Burdick, D-Portland, who chairs the Senate Finance and Revenue Committee, said lawmakers needed more time to weigh the proposed credits. The first written draft of the proposal was submitted recently, as lawmakers were trying to wrap up the session. The plan was meant to replace the manufacturing Business Energy Tax Credits, which expire at the end of the year.More

US factory orders suggest manufacturing is improving
The Associated Press via The New York Times
Orders to factories in the United States climbed in May, helped by a third consecutive period of greater investment. The gains suggest manufacturing may be in a period of growth after a subpar start to 2013. The Commerce Department said July 2 that orders jumped 2.1 percent in May.More

Innovations in friction welding: Improving production, driving quality and cost-effective solutions
Innovations in friction welding benefit a host of industries. Seeking new ways of improving production, focusing on driving quality for cost-effective solutions, David Hoel from American Friction Welding Inc. talks to AZoM about the latest developments within friction welding and how a variety of industries are staying ahead of the curve with the latest technology.More

Ford's F3T manufacturing tech makes prototyping more rapid
Warren Buffett once astutely observed that, “the poor invest in dollars, while the rich invest in time.” In manufacturing, the second often supplants the dollar as the unit upon which decisions turn. The new “Just In Time” workflow strategy has penetrated so far into manufacturing now that even the deep automotive production lines embrace it. In keeping with this philosophy, Ford has introduced a sheet metal process that eliminates the need for expensive dies to be machined. Their new Freeform Fabrication Technology morphs metal with a blunt tool the way a chef would press a pie crust into a pan.More

Modern manufacturing requires modern supply chains
If the time is right for U.S. manufacturers of all sizes to consider modernizing their operations, it is important to first look at modernizing their supply chain and logistics operations in order to optimize potential investments. Manufacturers must think holistically about their business before making these decisions, and this includes looking at their supply chain and distribution models and the impacts of these investments on their operations.More

US manufacturing is still weak, but it's better than China's
Bloomberg Businessweek
U.S. manufacturing activity grew ever so slightly in June, with the June Institute for Supply Management Purchasing Manager’s Index notching up a small gain to 50.9. Manufacturing activity has now expanded in five of the first six months of 2013. While June’s PMI is the best number since March, there are plenty of weak spots. The real concern is China, where manufacturing activity slowed to a four-month low in June and is now just barely growing. The data pulled markets in Asia lower recently, off fears that China’s economy is now slowing down faster than anticipated. That could have huge implications for the global economy. More

Everybody has a story: Young welder applies skill to art, career
The Press of Atlantic City
William "Billy" Loew Jr. of Downe Township, N.J., is starting his career in welding, after learning the trade at the Cumberland County Technical Education Center. As an apprentice at Millville's Northeast Precast, the 2013 Cumberland Regional High School graduate will help create the interior supports for concrete highway sections and learn to repair the underbodies of 18-wheelers, he said. But Loew also is an artist with his welding torch.More

Georgia school starts combination welding program to meet demand
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Until recently, the Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Duluth, Ga., specialized exclusively in aviation-based job training programs. That changed in May when AIM launched its first combination welding training course. “Good welders are in demand,” said Reggie Baker, executive director of AIM’s Duluth campus. “We had a lot of interest from the community from employers as well as prospective students seeking a quality welding program, and our career services staff said they have been receiving calls for several years inquiring about welding. One employer told me, 'I can’t buy a welder at any price. If they are good, their boss will offer them more money to stay where they are.’"More

California's Cuesta College recognizes welding champ
Santa Maria Times
Simon Rowe, a Cuesta College student, earned the title of 2013 U.S. welding champion in what was his third medal in the annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. Rowe, of San Luis Obispo, Calif., won the gold in automotive collision repair in 2011; the bronze in welding in 2012; and at the 49th annual conference held in Kansas City, Mo., from June 24 to 28, he won the top distinction in welding, according to a Cuesta College spokesperson.More

Wisconsin college, Oldenburg Group work to advance welder training
Star Journal
Nicolet College in Rhinelander, Wis., is working with the Oldenburg Group to advance welding skills training both at the college and on the shop floor of the heavy manufacturer just west of Rhinelander. Nicolet recently significantly expanded its welding program to take in additional students and has hired top welders from Oldenburg to teach the additional class sections on a part-time basis. To advance the skills of workers at Oldenburg, a Nicolet instructor travels there to teach advanced blueprint reading.More

American Welding Online launches CWI exam preparation
The American Welding Society's online welding learning center – American Welding Online has launched a new Certified Welding Inspector Pre-Seminar course which will allow participants to better prepare for taking the CWI examination.More

This is the way blue-collar America ends
The Atlantic
It's becoming standard for many manufacturing companies to require employees to have college degrees — and some jobs require a Ph.D. Factory-floor openings are scarce and often require specific credentials.More

High-tech jobs that don't require a college degree
24/7 Wall St. via USA Today
When people think of high-tech jobs, they typically think of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and Ivy League Ph.D.s. But according to a new definition of STEM jobs — those requiring skills in science, technology, engineering or math — half of all high-tech positions are held by employees without a bachelor's degree.More

Funds for welding training center in Ohio state budget
The Herald-Dispatch
A proposal to put a $1 million training center for welders at The Point, a South Point, Ohio, industrial park, has been included in the state's $61.7 billion budget, said state Rep. Ryan Smith, R-Gallipolis. "A million dollars is coming to Lawrence County," Smith said. "That's always a good thing." "We're really pleased they kept it in the budget," Scott Howard said July 2. Howard, who works for the Lawrence Economic Development Corporation, came up with the idea of a portable training center to train welders. "They realize the need for welders."More

'American Made Movie' touts US brand appeal
USA Today
If you proudly buy locally grown vegetables for your stew, why not buy a U.S.-made slow cooker to cook them in? You should, say Vincent Vittorio and Nathaniel Thomas McGill. And that idea is the core of the pair's new documentary, “American Made Movie.” It's a by-now-familiar film about the decline of American manufacturing and its impact on communities — but with a twist. Instead of relying on trade barriers to protect manufacturing jobs, the film argues that Americans can tap into the same pride of place and craftsmanship farmers have used to fuel the movement toward locally grown food.More