This Week in Welding
Oct. 21, 2014

Need for welders prompts call for students in Effingham, Illinois
Effingham Daily News
As businesses struggle to fill welding positions, Effingham, Illinois, is giving interested adults an opportunity to learn those skills locally. There's just one problem — not enough people are signing up for the course.More

Additive Manufacturing Conference
Thursday, November 13, 2014
8:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
FABTECH Show — Georgia World Congress Center — Room C205
Atlanta, GA

Additive manufacturing represents the realization of the ideal of "on-demand manufacturing." Without molds or dies, additive manufacturing enables production of parts and prototypes on demand. Design improvements can be made and tested rapidly without tooling and machining constraints.

Come and learn from the experts about additive manufacturing processes such as powder bed fusion, material extrusion, directed energy deposition, material jetting, and more.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 three-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

Osceola, Florida, high-tech manufacturing center breaks ground
Orlando Sentinel
Osceola County, Florida, and the University of Central Florida broke ground Oct. 15 on a new high-tech manufacturing facility near Kissimmee. Originally aimed at producing smart sensors, the facility may also include a broader focus on photonics. The Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center, originally announced in June, is expected create a new hub for manufacturing, attracting thousands of jobs and eventually growing into a $200 million project. The sensors would be used in appliances, cars, surgical devices, mobile phones and other technology — known as smart sensors.More

Manufacturing output rises 0.5 percent in September
The Associated Press via USA Today
Gains for aerospace products, furniture, clothing and plastics saw U.S. manufacturing output rise in September. The Federal Reserve pegged the output increase at 0.5 percent, after drop of the same amount in August. More

GE, other US giants see growth ahead
Agence France-Presse via IndustryWeek
U.S. industrial giant General Electric reported higher earnings for the third quarter Oct. 17 and said global economic growth remains solid if uneven, with the U.S. especially strong. GE chief executive Jeff Immelt said the company has seen a mix of conditions in different markets, with the U.S. clearly picking up.More

Wisconsin colleges offer metal fabrication training
News-Herald Media
Individuals skilled in math and science who like hands-on work and problem solving might want to consider an education and career in metal fabrication, according to Marshfield, Wisconsin, technical college leaders. Employers in the area are looking for workers, and technical schools have the training to match, said Greg Cisewski, associate dean of the Technical and Trades Division at Northcentral Technical College.More

NSRP project aims to reduce weld distortion
Marine Log
Weld distortion is a costly problem for U.S. shipyards. A National Shipbuilding Research Program project is focusing on reducing weld distortion by using a new welding process: HiDep Arc Welding. In HiDep Arc Welding induction heating is used to heat the weld joint ahead of the arc welding torch. By adjusting the induction heating it is possible to modify the thermal profile of the weld to prevent the asymmetrical cooling. which causes most weld distortion.More

Aiken (South Carolina) Tech receives grant for welding program
Aiken Standard
A $195,000 grant from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will allow Aiken (South Carolina) Technical College to design and implement a Nuclear Welding Systems program on campus to meet the critical demand for qualified nuclear welders in the CSRA. The program will be a one-year, intensive pipe welding-technology program and will be for experienced welders or an add-on certificate for students who plan to continue their education in nuclear welding. More

Welding program expands at Kansas' Flint Hills Technical College
The Emporia Gazette
The welding technology program at Flint Hills Technical College in Emporia, Kansas, is growing and the FHTC Board of Trustees learned more about that growth at their recent board meeting. Construction has begun on the building purchased for the welding program expansion and it is likely to be completed by August 2015.More

Helena, Montana's Capital High receives competitive distinction
Independent Record
The machining and welding program at Capital High in Helena, Montana, now has a distinction only 31 schools in the country can claim. SME named Capital on Oct. 15 as 1 of 6 new Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education schools. Being recognized as a PRIME school means that students in the machining and welding program will benefit from more funding and professional-grade equipment starting in fall 2015.More

New Career Academy opens in Muscle Shoals, Alabama
With the cut of a ribbon and a round of applause, the new multimillion-dollar Muscle Shoals (Alabama) Career Academy officially opened its doors to students Oct. 17. It's been a longtime vision of Gary Dan Williams, the director of Career and Technical Education for the Muscle Shoals School System.More

South Dakota loans $224 million to hundreds of projects
The Daily Republic via Sioux City Journal
Bruce Yakley stood inside the Trail King plant in Mitchell, South Dakota, and watched the sparks fly off welding torches held by workers fusing together huge beams of metal. Yakley, the company's president, wasn't with Trail King when the plant was built in 1987. And he wasn't there when the plant was expanded for the first time in 1992, and then again in 1994. But he knows without the help of a few low-interest loans from the state, the truck trailer manufacturer may not be where it is today. The loans, which helped Trail King build and expand its plant in Mitchell, came from a program known as the Revolving Economic Development and Initiative Fund. More

Need for welders prompts call for students in Effingham, Illinois
Effingham Daily News
As businesses struggle to fill welding positions, Effingham, Illinois, is giving interested adults an opportunity to learn those skills locally. There's just one problem — not enough people are signing up for the course.More

Biden announces $450 million in federal job-training grants
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
Vice President Joe Biden announced almost a half-billion dollars of grants Sept. 29 to community colleges working with employers on job training. Linking training to industry demand is key to the Obama administration's strategy for improving wages and reducing unemployment.More

Skill isn't bound by gender
A nontraditional career training program is helping South Georgia women succeed in jobs traditionally dominated by men. Students at Bainbridge State College are proving that gender has nothing to do with skill. Who says women can't weld?More

Increasing welding productivity with product substitution
If you could experience a 20 percent gain in productivity within your welding operation with a switch in material — such as pickled heavy gauge steel — would you consider it? Many original equipment manufacturers have made the change by replacing heavy gauge blasted HR black coil with pickled heavy gauge coil.More

California college's welding teams take 1st place in state competition
Paso Robles Daily News
A total of eight welding students from Cuesta College in Paso Robles, California, took home first place recently at the 2014 Welders Without Borders: Welding Thunder, a portable welding competition designed to allow instructors and students to work together and showcase their skills in a fun and competitive manner. Six teams from various California high schools and colleges competed; Cuesta College was represented by one team consisting of four men and another of four women.More