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Manufacturing job growth up in 2014
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Manufacturing job growth increased dramatically in 2014 compared to the previous year, according to numbers from the federal Labor Department released Jan. 9. The report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the manufacturing sector added an average of 16,000 jobs per month last year, compared to gains of 7,000 jobs per month for 2013.
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Dissimilar Material Welding/Joining Workshop
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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.

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AWS 9th Shipbuilding Conference
Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel
April 7-8, 2015
Virginia Beach, VA

The conference will include a technical program featuring presentations on additive manufacturing, automation, new filler materials and NDT. Presenters will discuss a newly developed welding electrode that upon cooling does not shrink which will help reduce distortion effects and perhaps negate the need for weld toe peening required for fatigue life extension. The latest in aluminum welding from a true expert in the field will be presented. Several presenters will highlight new methods of automating the welding operations in shipyards. The recently introduced NDT method of computed RT will be discussed as well as the use of artificial intelligence as applied to NDT. As keynote speaker, Johnnie DeLoach the Head of the Materials Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division will kick off the conference.

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The $140,000-a-year welding job
The Wall Street Journal
Justin Friend’s parents have doctoral degrees and have worked as university lecturers and researchers. So Mr. Friend might have been expected to head for a university after graduating from high school in Bryan, Texas, five years ago. Instead, he attended Texas State Technical College in Waco, and received a two-year degree in welding. In 2013, his first full year as a welder, his income was about $130,000, more than triple the average annual wages for welders in the U.S. In 2014, Friend’s income rose to about $140,000.
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Girls draw a bead on welding program
Homer News
For six weeks before the holiday break, 15 girls from Voznesenka, Kachemak Selo, and Razdolna, Alaska, schools set sparks flying. From 4-9 p.m., two days a week for a total of 60 hours, they hid their beautiful long dresses beneath unbecoming, but protective ensembles of coveralls, leather jackets, gloves and helmets to learn the art of welding from Homer High School instructor Mickey Todd. Officially known as the After-School Welding Academy, it was sponsored through the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Career and Technical Education programs.
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Manufacturers draw in millennials with new training approach
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via Times-Leader
Finding millennials who are interested in manufacturing and have the aptitude for it are two challenges facing 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 tool-and-die shop that employs about 600.
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Welding and metal fabrication skills in hot demand
Fond du Lac Reporter
Mechanical aptitude and the ability to visualize a finished product are just a couple of qualities needed to succeed as a welder, and ultimately, as a custom metal fabricator. Ryan Triatik, employed as a fabricator with Manowske Welding Corporation for the past three years, said people working in the field have to be responsible and get to work on time, demonstrate a strong work ethic and be ready for hard work.
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White House selects University of Tennessee to lead new manufacturing institute
The University of Tennessee will lead a new manufacturing institute spearheaded by President Barack Obama. The hub will provide a space where 122 companies, nonprofits, universities, and research laboratories can collaborate to accelerate advanced manufacturing.
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Polaris will build new manufacturing operation employing at least 1,700 in Huntsville, Alabama, area
Minnesota-based Polaris Industries said Jan. 9 it will build a state-of-the art manufacturing facility near Greenbrier in west Huntsville, Alabama, to produce off-road vehicles. When fully developed, it will employ about 2,000 workers, many of them in skilled positions. The 600,000-square-foot plant will be located west of downtown Huntsville on a 453-acre site in Limestone County annexed into the city several years ago. Polaris officials said they will break ground on the $142 million plant this year and open it in the second quarter of 2016.
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Community college, Roberts Welding team up for accelerated workforce program
About seven students at Pitt Community College in Winterville, North Carolina, are getting ready to enter the workforce through an accelerated welding course. In less than a month's time, students are assured of a job interview, 40 free hours of welding and a job with Roberts Welding. The participants taking the course are paid a full-time salary. This allows them to get hands on experience, while earning money to support their family.
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Welding trade growing in South Texas
The number of welders entering the Nueces County (Texas) Junior Livestock Show is growing every year, according to organizers.
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Demand for welders remains high across Wisconsin
Green Bay Press-Gazette
Long before manufacturers experienced shortages of electricians and engineers and maintenance mechanics, they needed welders. They still do. "Everyone wants welders," said Mark Weber, dean of trades and engineering technologies at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay.
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