This Week in Welding
Nov. 11, 2014

In South Carolina, a program that makes apprenticeships work
NPR via MPBN News
Several years ago, South Carolina had a problem: a shortage of skilled workers and no good way to train young people for the workforce. So at a time when apprenticeship programs were in decline in the U.S., the state started a program called Apprenticeship Carolina. "We were really, really squarely well-positioned at the bottom," says Brad Neese, the program's director. More

Dissimilar Material Welding/Joining Workshop
The Blackwell Inn and Pfahl Conference Center
Monday, January 26, 2015
Columbus, OH

The joining of dissimilar materials can present many challenges across a number of industry sectors including automotive, petrochemical, power generation, medical products and microelectronics. This workshop is designed to describe the state-of-the art in dissimilar joining and will bring together experts in the field to share their insight and experience. Topics will include process technology, materials, design, and modeling. More

1st recipient of Air Products Women of Gases & Welding Scholarship awarded
PRNewswire via MarketWatch
Air Products APD has awarded the first Air Products Women of Gases & Welding Scholarship to Emilee Brittain, a welding engineering technology major at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. Brittain will receive $2,500 toward her tuition for the current fall semester. The scholarship recognizes Brittain as an exemplary student who is eager to start her career in the welding industry.More

1st class of Mike Rowe scholarship winners begins at Illinois' MTI
The first students to be named winners of last year's inaugural mrWF/MTI Scholarship Program began their coursework last month at Midwest Technical Institute's Springfield, Illinois, campus. Launched in 2013 in collaboration with the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, the program embodies MTI's mission to provide students with the hands-on, skills-based training necessary to compete in today's job market and close a nationwide skills gap in a number of vocational industries similar to those headquartered in the Springfield area.More

Women at Florida technical college push misconceptions of welding to the melting point
The St. Augustine Record
Diana Matykunas, 46, and Jennifer Nardone, 21, made a decision not many other women make in this day and age. They got into welding. Welding is the joining together of materials by causing surfaces to reach their melting points and uniting them by hammering, compressing or otherwise. It’s a discipline marked by high heat, heavy metal and the potential for danger. It is also misconceived. "You’ve gotta get the (idea) out of your mind that there is a man’s world or a woman’s world," Matykunas said. More

These welded auto sculptures will leave you amazed
Bold Ride
Art is always subjective, and thus, a single piece must be judged accordingly by every seeing eye. As auto enthusiasts, though, many eyes can agree that the automotive art done by Joshua Welton of Brown Dog Welding is downright phenomenal.More

Wisconsin Gov. Walker visits WTC welding center
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker visited Western Technical College recently to meet with students and discuss the growing demand for skilled workers. The Weaver Center is the newest welding and apprenticeship center at WTC. A former Trane Company building, the school created the space to use while construction finishes on the Integrated Technology Center.More

Cleburne County, Alabama, students to get welding upgrade
The Anniston Star
The Cleburne County (Alabama) Career Technical School will soon have new, upgraded welding stations for students, courtesy of a $134,000 grant. The Cleburne County Board of Education recently approved a $101,710 bid from Clean Air America for new welding stations, an upgrade that will improve the program for the students taking welding classes, instructor David Lumpkin said.More

Veteran Eric Gasiorowski gains opportunity at Joliet Junior College for a career in welding
Chicago Tribune
Sparks fly and metal melts as Plainfield, Illinois, resident Eric Gasiorowski works on a project in the Joliet Junior College welding lab. When it's complete, he shuts down the equipment and pulls off his welding gear to examine his finished product, thinking about his upcoming graduation in December — and how far he's come since his first days as an adult student at JJC. Before JJC, Gasiorowski worked as a paramedic and EMT for 22 years. He loved his job, but after two knee surgeries, he was forced to give up the trade. A career change was necessary.More

Future US manufacturing jobs will require more brain than brawn
The face of manufacturing has changed. In the future, the pool of workers is expected to be smaller. And if workers want to succeed, they'll need continuous improvement with on-the-job education.More

Welding classes now offered in Luverne, Alabama
The Greenville Advocate
Hissing gas from acetylene tanks and strikers clicking life to flames on welding torches are sounds of bright futures for students taking advantage of welding classes offered for the first time in Luverne, Alabama, as an extension of LBW Community College’s welding program. Johnathan Mount, 19, of Luverne and Neal McGough, 18, of Highland Home were the first two students to register for the Luverne classes, saving both travel time and expense by having the opportunity to get started locally through the use of LBWCC’s new grant-funded mobile welding lab.More

Metalsmith Bill Sorich creates art with welding tools
The Almanac
The stereotype of a welder is a burly guy perched high on a steel beam, torch in hand, putting the bones of a skyscraper together. Bill Sorich is not that guy. Yes, Sorich is a welder, and he undoubtedly has the knowledge and skills to put skyscrapers together. For years the resident of the Santa Cruz Mountains above Woodside, California, welded components for nuclear reactors for Westinghouse Electric. More

Manufacturing boot camp matches trainees with jobs
The Baltimore Sun
Malik Williams always thought manufacturing meant working in a steel mill, a job that seemed gone for good from Baltimore. But since mid-October, the 20-year-old White Marsh resident has made his way onto factory floors to watch workers blend olive oil, create plastic containers and make custom-designed display boxes. He's learned about quality control and safety, shadowed employees and talked with shift supervisors, plant managers and human resource executives. And best of all, he's discovered, they're hiring.More

Governors State University to offer bachelor's in manufacturing management
The Times of Northwest Indiana
The U.S. Manufacturing Institute’s 2011 report revealed that U.S. companies can’t fill an estimated 600,000 positions in the advanced manufacturing sector, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers predicted the number of unfilled manufacturing jobs will reach 3 million by 2015. In response to this need, the College of Business and Public Administration at Governors State University partnered with Harper College to develop a Bachelor of Arts in Manufacturing Management degree. There are no other similar programs offered by public institutions in Illinois at this time.More