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Training partnership teaches welding — and life skills
Journal Sentinel
Growing up about 30 years ago, Super Steel Inc. President and CEO Dirk Smith says, he learned a work ethic and other essential skills that he believes are missing now in some job applicants. "My parents instilled that in me," said Smith, adding that he didn't have to learn many of the "soft skills" in the workplace because he had already been taught them at home. Now, Smith says, he sees young people lacking knowledge of basic things such as showing up to work on time. Sometimes they don't have a bank account, which is a problem because Super Steel, a Milwaukee manufacturer and metal fabricator, has a direct-deposit payroll.
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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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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 four-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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New Orleans' Michoud facility builds the Space Launch System
The Times-Picayune via Miami Herald
When Kelley Easley first arrived at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in 1982, everything was big. Bigger than anything he had ever seen. It was easy to get lost in the 43-acre eastern New Orleans facility. Easley, then a Louisiana State University engineering graduate hired to work on mechanical design for the NASA Space Shuttle external tank, relied on numbered columns inside to tell where he was. He saw giant tools in action every day, some the size of a small building. He was in awe the first time he saw a completed 35-ton tank roll out.
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California's manufacturing sector, clobbered during recession, clawing its way back
The Sacramento Bee
At Tri Tool Inc.’s sprawling facility in Rancho Cordova, California, employees work among massive pieces of precision-cut metal, exotic-looking tools and tons of computerized, complex machinery. It’s just what you expect from a company that touts itself as a worldwide designer and manufacturer of precision portable machine tools for oil pipelines and other heavy-duty industries. It’s also the kind of old-school industrial manufacturing operation that some say is an endangered species in California.
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Biden with welding student in Iowa: 'Women can do anything a man can do, period'
The Des Moines Register
During a roundtable discussion at Des Moines Area Community College on Feb. 12, Vice President Joe Biden heard about Heather Haag's career plans. The DMACC welding student is about to graduate, and hopes to open a welding design business. "I really like the hands-on portion of welding," Haag told the vice president. "And I knew jobs were needed."
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Bringing virtual welding, 3-D printing to school
When Campbell-Tintah business and technology instructor Richard Osman brought a handful of his students to the 2014 Minnesota School Boards Association convention to demonstrate one of their innovative education programs, little did he anticipate where it would lead. But the students’ demonstration of some of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) modules available to their class — a 3-D printer, laser engraver and welding simulator — was seen by a couple of area school superintendents who were inspired to try to bring a similar STEM program to their own districts.
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Calumet Welding Center in Indiana trains next generation of welders
The Times of Northwest Indiana
Young people have been guided away from the labor trades to the point where contractors working on major construction projects in Northwest Indiana have had to import skilled tradesmen from other states, such as for the recent $4.2 billion modernization of the BP Whiting Refinery. The demand for certain types of tradesmen runs deep. The United States will need an estimated 200,000 welders, as the current generation continues to retire.
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Henderson (Kentucky) Community College breaks ground on new welding center
A local college is expanding by breaking ground on a brand new welding center. Henderson (Kentucky) Community College officially begins construction on a $1.4 million project with a dirt turning ceremony. The building will sit on the college's Henderson campus. It will offer 20 welding stations and a technology-enabled classroom. Welding students currently use a smaller space in downtown Henderson.
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Virginia center to focus on industrial job certifications
Bristol Herald Courier
Stephanie Surrett was content in her role as a self-employed consultant. But she wanted to be part of something bigger, and when the opportunity arose to apply for the position of director of the new Center of Excellence, she said she just couldn’t resist. "I’ve long felt the work force development pipeline needs to be a little smoother," she said. "Something this important and impactful is happening, and, in the future, it will help recruit new businesses. … My vision is for Southwest Virginia to become the location of choice by employers, to the point that we get to choose them."
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South Carolina technical college OKs $5.8 million budget for manufacturing facility
The Sun News via Morning News Online
Horry Georgetown Technical College is drawing up plans for advanced manufacturing centers in Conway and Georgetown, South Carolina. The college’s board approved a $5.8 million budget for the Conway facility recently.
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Waxahachie, Texas, welding students advance to state SKILLS USA contest
Daily Light
Waxahachie (Texas) Independent School District students from the Career & Technical Student Organization, associated with the American Welding Society, represented WISD at the District 6 SKILLS USA Welding Contest on Jan. 28 at Texas State Technical College Waco. The WISD Student Chapter of the American Welding Society serves students enrolled in CTE courses aligned with the manufacturing career cluster. Participants enjoy the experience of applying classroom and laboratory lessons in hands on activities or competitive events.
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    Additive manufacturing is reshaping aviation (MIT Technology Review)
New adhesives compete with fasteners, welding (Assembly Magazine)
Minding the gap: A road map for addressing the US manufacturing skills shortage (Area Development)
AWS 9th Shipbuilding Conference (AWS)
Texas students earn hundreds of certifications, ready for skilled jobs (KXAN-TV)

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