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Fiery bright future for girls learning welding
High school junior Megan Thompson readies for her next class lesson by stepping into a tiny, cemented booth and lighting a white-hot, 6,000-degree torch. The torch's dangerous sparks reflect brightly in the protective, darkened visor of her welder's helmet, which she has proudly decorated in bright, feminine colors. The 17-year-old Fairfield, Ohio, girl's work future in welding is nearly as bright as the blinding torch she deftly wields.
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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.

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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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Report: Manufacturing wages significantly higher than comparable workers
The average manufacturing worker made nearly 11 percent more than a comparable worker outside the manufacturing sector in 2012 and 2013, according to a newly released report. In the analysis from D.C.-based think tank the Economic Policy Institute, author Robert E. Scott tabs the wage premium for manufacturing jobs at $1.78 per hour, calling the industry "a particularly important provider of jobs with good wages for workers without a college degree."
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Black Hawk College opens new welding center in Kewanee, Illinois
Quad-City Times
Black Hawk College celebrated the completion and opening of the new Welding and Skilled Trades Center in Kewanee, Illinois. BHC welding instructor Mark Washburn used a cutting torch to cut a six-foot-long steel bow while college and elected officials cut a traditional ribbon with scissors. The 15,000-square-foot facility is located next to the college’s Community Education Center. The one-story building has a virtual welding lab, a welding lab, a project lab, a flex lab, a cutting lab, a machine room, two classrooms, three faculty offices and a commons area.
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Lincoln Electric launches 'quality assured' MIG welder
The Lincoln Electric Company has introduced an orbital metal inert gas (MIG) welding system that is ideal for industries where orbital welds are subject to exceptionally high standards, such as pipeline, construction or process piping.
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Sales up, worries down for confident US manufacturers
Manufacturing executives like what they are seeing on their balance sheets, are increasingly confident about the U.S. economy and plan to do more hiring and operational spending in the year ahead, a new survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers US reports. In its Q4 2014 Manufacturing Barometer, PwC found that 68 percent of senior manufacturing executives were optimistic about the U.S. economy, up from 57 percent in the third quarter. Optimism about the global economy also improved, to 38 percent from 30 in the last quarter.
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Wheatland, California, welding class: Fun fixing tractors
Samantha Levitt and Emily Courpet couldn't be more thrilled to be getting their hands dirty. The 16-year-old juniors are two of the roughly 20 students learning about tractors while working to restore them at Wheatland (California) High School. It's a program welding teacher Jeff Magill started more than two decades ago as a way to build confidence in students.
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Veterans: A natural fit to close the skills gap
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National, regional, and corporate initiatives are helping to connect those leaving the military, who need careers, with U.S. employers, who need skilled workers.
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Scraps to sculpture: 3rd annual weld-off to be held at Helena (Montana) High
Independent Record
The third annual weld-off between Capital and Helena High welding students in Montana gives students four hours to turn a pile of scraps into something futuristic. Welding instructors Cindy Galbavy and Jim Weber developed the competition several years ago based on the television show "Junkyard Wars." Students pick choice pieces from a trailer full of scrap metal donated by Pacific Steel & Recycling, then go to work welding any type of futuristic sculpture before each is judged by local welders and artists.
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Additive manufacturing's idiosyncrasies
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Additive manufacturing is not as easy as just hitting "print." Like any manufacturing process, it demands attention to considerations that are characteristic of this process alone. Researchers describe some of the areas of attention that go into successfully producing functional additive parts.
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College of the Canyons welding students work with laser precision
SCV News
With the College of the Canyons welding technology department’s recent installation of the HDEm Pulsed Laser Weld Monitoring System at the Valencia, California, campus — the first ever installed at an educational institution — COC welding students are now able to learn the ins and outs of one of the industry’s most innovative processes. "Normally, when you’re using a laser welder we’re talking about using a focused light (laser) beam to do the welding," said Tim Baber, chair of the college’s welding technology department. "But because the laser beam is not visible, it’s hard to get an accurate physical representation of the laser weld."
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