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Women welders welcome in Iowa
The Gazette
Growing up, Janet Nielson liked to spend time in the garage "messing around with things." The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native would work on bicycles and other projects, using tools available around the house. "I always ruined a lot of things. I always figured out a way to fix it, whether it’d be wrong or right," Nielson recalled with a big laugh. Although she loved to work with her hands, she never thought about how that could translate into a career. Now the 45-year-old is a production welder at Pickwick Manufacturing Services in Cedar Rapids and the only woman among the 30 welders on staff.
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Manufacturing grows less than forecast in December
Chicago Tribune
Manufacturing cooled in December, settling into a more sustainable pace of growth as the year drew to a close. The Institute for Supply Management's factory index dropped to a six-month low of 55.5 from 58.7 in November, a report from the Tempe, Arizona-based group showed Friday. The reading in October matched a three-year high. Figures greater than 50 indicate growth and the median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for a December reading of 57.5.
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Wisconsin teen wins national engineering contest
Times Recorder
The first year Mikhayla Ferguson qualified for the National Youth Engineering Challenge, she won first place in her category — welding. Ferguson, 19, of Philo, Wisconsin, has been chasing the national challenge for years. She began welding when she was in fourth grade and started taking projects for 4-H after that. She’s taken numerous projects to the Ohio State Fair, and she won — a lot — but she never qualified for the national challenge until last summer, which also happened to be her last year in 4-H.
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Slideshow: Predictions for a new year of manufacturing
It's hard to ever know for sure what a new year will bring, but IndustryWeek has put together a list of some pretty educated guesses. And, for the most part, there's a lot to look forward to as industry enters the new calendar year. 2015, according to their sources, likely will be a year in which we'll see the continued revitalization of U.S. manufacturing, the adoption of new game-changing technologies and increased hiring.
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Arc 3-D printer concept could print metal 10 times faster than the best available technology today
It’s incredible how many different methods of 3-D printing have emerged since Chuck Hull’s invention of stereolithography back in 1984. In additional to SLA, there is now direct metal laser sintering, powder bed laser sintering, electron beam melting, fused deposition modeling and selective laser sintering, among other 3-D printing technologies. Over the next several years, researchers and DIYers will likely discover other, perhaps more efficient, methods of additive manufacturing as well.
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Manufacturers lure millennials with new training
The Associated Press via The Washington Times
Finding millennials who are interested in manufacturing and have the aptitude for it are two challenges facing western Pennsylvania manufacturers trying to replace retiring baby boomers. But there’s another: teaching millennials once they find them. Employers are discovering that the next generation of workers learns differently than they did. "Millennials like to see results right now," said Scott Covert, who runs an in-house training program at Penn United Technologies, a Butler County tool-and-die shop that employs about 600.
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New Hampshire students get tutorial on welding program
Even though signs point to a recovering economy, many college graduates are still lucky if they get one or two job offers, let alone more than a dozen, some career experts say. For students of White Mountains Community College’s welding program in Berlin, New Hampshire, the latter is the reality for its top students, according to associate welding professor Michael Pike.
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Pennsylvania welding course filling an industry need
Every day, newspapers advertise local job openings for welders. Even as the first class at Community College of Allegheny County's Washington County Center completed its yearlong welding certificate course, some of the graduates were already stepping into positions in the industry. The 18-credit certificate course is being taught at the Mon Valley Career and Technology Center in Speers, Pennsylvania.
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Teens take welding seriously at Alaska school
Seward City Press
Getting a jump-start on a potentially lucrative career path, seven students from Seward High School and Connections home school program recently spent some evenings each week attending a basic welding and shop safety academy at AVTEC-Alaska’s Institute of Technology. Their class project was constructing four new tank stands for the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery. The stands hold conical 190-liter seawater tanks that have been used for rearing red king crab, sea cucumber and abalone. Upon successful completion of the 75-hour academy, the students receive a high-school credit and an industry-recognized OSHA 10-hour endorsement, a related program that they did online.
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Tennessee welding students hone skills by building bike racks
The Tullahoma News
A group of Tullahoma (Tennessee) High School students recently had an opportunity to hone their skills while, at the same time, lending the district a helping hand. Students in Jeremy Amacher’s welding classes recently constructed three bicycle racks and delivered the fruits of their labor to three of the city’s elementary schools recently. Travis Moore, the high school’s career and technical education director, said the idea for the project came as the result of a meeting he had with other district administrators.
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School program, Treschak help weld industry's future
Collision Repair Magazine
A group of auto body students at Robert Bateman High School in Burlington, Ontario, were given the opportunity to try Urethane Supply's Nitro Fuzer Welding System hands-on during a recent visit to encourage youth engagement with the collision industry. "Our trade is not getting as many young people involved as we need to," says Treschak Enterprises' Mark McIntyre. "I would say the average age of a technician is 45 to 50-years-old."
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South Louisiana Community College to offer evening welding classes
South Louisiana Community College's Continuing Education division will be offering an evening welding course from Jan. 21-April 1 on the college's Lafayette campus. Classes will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Course instructor is Glenn McCauley. This course is for anyone interested in learning to weld. The appropriate level of welding will be offered based on each student's skill level.
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