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With 2012 behind us, AWS hopes its members, partners and other industry professionals had a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the This Week in Welding a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Tuesday, Jan. 8.

How many manufacturing jobs can US realistically maintain?
PBS Newshour    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Jan. 31, 2012:
VideoBrief As President Barack Obama and GOP presidential candidates talk about reviving the U.S. manufacturing sector in hopes of creating jobs, how realistic is that goal in the face of continued outsourcing and machines filling jobs once held by humans? NPR's Ray Suarez speaks with three experts about the challenges and demand for skilled workers.

American Welding Society celebrates grand opening of new global headquarters
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The American Welding Society celebrated the grand opening of their new global headquarters in Doral, Fla., with an open house ceremony on Nov. 30. AWS is a not-for-profit membership organization that is the world's authority on safe, productive welding. The society publishes the major technical standards used in welding of all types, and certifies welding professionals such as inspectors, supervisors and educators. In addition, AWS publishes technical magazines in three languages and operates trade shows in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. More

Role reversal: Employers say they can't find workers    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Jan. 24, 2012:
With 13 million unemployed people seeking work in this country, it would seem like anyone who wants to hire someone would have little difficulty doing so. But that's not what many employers are saying. More than half of U.S. employers surveyed by the staffing firm Manpower Group last year said they were having trouble filling job openings because they couldn't find qualified workers. That's a huge 38 percentage point jump from 2010, when only 14 percent said they were having trouble filling positions.

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Obama's gift to British prime minister is welder's one-of-a-kind creation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From March 20, 2012:
VideoBriefPresident Barack Obama chose a gift made in the U.S. — and his home state — for the president and first lady Michelle Obama to present among gifts given to British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife on a recent diplomatic visit. It is a one-of-a-kind Braten 1000 Series Grill handmade by Engelbrecht Grills and Cookers, a small manufacturing shop in Paxton, Ill., a town of 4,600 people.

Skills gap keeps workers from manufacturers, Americans from jobs
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From March 6, 2012:
Despite more Americans without work in recent years, many fabricators and OEMs have struggled to fill available positions. The problem often is skills-related: The unemployed largely don't possess the specific skills manufacturers need in their workforce. The result is Americans are looking for jobs, manufacturers are searching for employees and neither is able to find what they need easily. The dichotomy, while it has created challenges for many people, has vaulted the need for more U.S. workers with manufacturing skills into the national conversation, with The Associated Press and other media outlets reporting on the situation.

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Tim Worstall: That sucking sound of manufacturing jobs going to China
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From Feb. 14, 2012:
It's one of those things we're continually told, isn't it, that all the good, well paid, manufacturing jobs have been packed up and shipped off to China. That's what ails the American economy, that we just don't manufacture anything anymore. There are a couple of little facts that rather refute this story. The first is that American manufacturing output continues to rise. Yes, really, even as manufacturing employment falls, manufacturing output is still going up. The second point is this rather remarkable but under-remarked one: That China lost 16 million manufacturing jobs between 1995 and 2002.

Booming business: Man uses cannons to teach welding
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From Jan. 24, 2012:
It's highly doubtful that Clifford Russell of Lamar, Mo., would be in violation of Missouri's concealed carry gun laws, because his personal firearm weighs nearly 100 pounds and fires a projectile a half-mile downrange in a cloud of sooty smoke. When he worked as a welding instructor for Franklin Technology Center in Lamar, he had his students build cannons as part of their semester project. "What better way to test [how good] their welds are than to" try to blow them up, he said. "So I taught them how to build the cannons, how to take them to the machine shop, how to lathe them and make them look like they were made in a foundry, how to weld all the major pieces together. Every aspect of it. And they even got a little history lesson out of it at the same time."

Demand high for welders while supply lags
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From Jan. 3, 2012:
When Katana Summit received an influx of orders for its wind turbine towers this summer, the Columbus, Neb., company set a goal of hiring up to 90 new workers. The additional manpower needed to produce the 130 massive units by mid-2012 was expected to nearly double the plant's work force during a record year for orders. But, a sign in front of the East 29th Avenue plant tells a story that is all too familiar for area manufacturers." Help is still wanted, especially when it comes to welding positions.

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NorthWestern Energy fined $2,000 for welding violation
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From March 6, 2012:
South Dakota's Public Utilities Commission has fined NorthWestern Energy $2,000 for a welding violation on a pipeline south of Aberdeen, S.D. The 6.25-mile pipeline runs from a NorthWestern station to an electricity-generating facility under construction and a beef processing plant, according to PUC staff paperwork. The infraction was the result of more than five minutes lapsing between a contracted welder hired by NorthWestern making two passes on a pipeline weld on Oct. 31, according to the documents.

GMAW guns, consumables, more: 7 common questions answered    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Feb. 14, 2012:
Gas metal arc welding involves more than just arc-on time. Welding operators also need to be mindful of other factors that contribute to the overall productivity and quality of their welding operation, such as joint preparation, weld parameters, and part fit-up. Selecting the proper GMAW gun, consumables, and shielding gas are critical to achieving good results. Unfortunately, welders often are confused as to how these components affect the welding operation. The reality is that they can have a significant impact on downtime and costs, not to mention operator comfort. The goal is to make sure that impact is positive. The following are a few guidelines to consider when selecting and using GMAW equipment and consumables to help improve productivity and quality in your welding operation.

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Florence's ESAB Welding & Cutting acquired by Colfax Corporation
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From Jan. 17, 2012:
Charter International, the parent company of Florence, S.C.-based ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, has been acquired by Colfax Corporation. "We are very excited about this acquisition," Andrew Masterman, president & chief executive of ESAB North America said in a news release. The company employs 500 people at its Florence facility.

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Need for skilled workers remains strong
The Tampa Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Feb. 28, 2012:
The president recently shared some good news — for a change — about U.S. manufacturing. Master Lock in Milwaukee had brought jobs back to America, a boost for the president's plan to restore American manufacturing. Closer to home, though, some Florida manufacturers wonder where we'll get all the skilled workers to fill the factories. Manufacturers like Peter Buczynsky want to expand his Odessa, Fla., manufacturing company, PharmaWorks, into a bigger building but can't because he can't find enough machinists, engineers and skilled technicians. One reason: High schools have killed off their shop programs.

Welder shares tales of working in the heat
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From Aug. 7, 2012:
Working without air conditioning and holding a super-hot welding torch, Ed Matlock can be hot anytime. But when the weather tops 100 degrees Fahrenheit for days at a time, the working environment can resemble an oven. A welder since 1976, Matlock, 68, knows all about working in the heat.

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