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As demand for welders resurges, community colleges offer classes
The New York Times
In recent decades, welding — like other blue-collar trades that once provided high-school graduates with a reliable route to the middle class — seemed to have about as promising a future as rotary phones. But many of these once-faltering occupations are finding new life in Texas and the Gulf Coast region, where an industrial revival built around the energy boom continues to spawn petrochemical plants and miles of new pipeline despite the plunge in crude oil prices.
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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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May 12–13, 2015
The Marquette Hotel
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The use of cladding to protect structures from corrosion is growing by leaps and bounds. Weld cladding is a cost effective way to prepare structures and piping for applications such as sour gas, chemical reactors and storage vessels, high temperature power generation equipment, transition joints, and repair. Topics include hot-wire weld cladding, roll bonding, explosive cladding, nanocomposite material, strip cladding, the role of lasers, new materials and more that make cladding a competitive solution. Come network with experts who can help you select the preferred process and materials for your applications.

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American Welding Society and WEMCO Seek Nominations for 2015 Excellence in Welding Awards
AWS via Business Wire
The American Welding Society and WEMCO, an association of welding manufacturers, and a standing committee of AWS, have issued a call for nominations for the 2015 Excellence in Welding Awards. The awards, previously known as the Image of Welding Awards, recognize outstanding contributions to the welding industry. Open to all welding industry professionals, the awards are issued in a number of categories. All individuals, organizations and groups may be nominated for multiple categories. Self-nominations are also acceptable.
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Welders wanted: As boomers retire, demand for skilled welders grows
The Herald-News
Plainfield resident Ryan Kocka enjoys fabricating scrap metal as practice at a local trade school, knowing it will give him the skills needed for a high-demand industry. The 20-year-old student at Illinois Welding School in Romeoville wasn't interested in the work when he graduated high school, but he took a semester of welding at Joliet Junior College and found his calling. "I heard it's a great trade and it's in demand," he said. "Before I came here, welding wasn’t even a thought for me."
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Hot competition: Student welders test their skills in Delaware
Delaware State News
The ShureLine pipe shop was noisy on a recent afternoon with continuous clanging and the buzz of welders. Sparks sprayed from the stations where teens worked. ShureLine Companies hosted the Skills USA Challenge for Welding Trades this year in Smyrna. SkillsUSA Championships is a showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation; contests begin locally and continue through each state and national levels.
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One class at a time: Helena Middle School welding class
At Helena Middle School in Montana, students learn the basics of welding. Scott Robertson instructs the industrial technology class. He's also this week's One Class At A Time recipient. First Interstate Bank and KXLH popped into Robertson's class, surprising him with a $250 check. Welding can be a dangerous task.
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Welding a sure ticket to landing a job
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Kenny Creager, a senior at East Noble High School, knows what he wants to do with his life. In his second year of vocational education for welding, the Kendallville, Indiana, 18-year-old plans to make a career out of welding. He's already on his way, making $13 an hour at a local heat treatment plant while racking up dual credit hours at East Noble High School through Ivy Tech, and welding sure beats the other jobs he's had. Welders are in great demand.
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Trainer teaches sailors welding that can save a ship
Chicago Daily Herald
Shouts of "hot metal!" ring throughout the welding area at the Great Lakes Naval Station Hull Maintenance Technician "A" School in Illinois as Master Training Specialist Travis Parent, 27, dips a freshly welded bar into a tub of water with a sizzle. This has been Parent's home for almost three years. He trains sailors fresh out of basic training for their new job — known in Navy lingo as a "rate" — in a two-week crash course in welding, brazing and sewage maintenance at Naval Station Great Lakes.
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ACC cuts ribbon on $2.7 million welding and fabrication center
Asnuntuck Community College held a ribbon cutting Feb. 24 for its $2.7 million Welding and Fabrication Center in Enfield. Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy spoke at the ceremony and received a gift of the state seal created by students. The new 5,400-square-foot Welding and Fabrication Center will accommodate up to 80 students each day. The facility is equipped with the latest technology, safety and emissions systems.
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Report: Robotic welding to grow sharply by 2020
Manufacturing Business Technology
A newly released report expects revenues for the robotic welding market to increase by nearly 40 percent as emerging nations gain awareness of its potential benefits. According to the analysis by Frost & Sullivan, the robotic welding market earned revenues of $2.44 billion in 2014. That total is expected to climb to $3.38 billion by 2020, in large part due to increased global awareness of both technological advances in welding and their long-term benefits.
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Welding jobs revive with big money offers in Houston
The Houston Chronicle
Welding jobs — some offering six-figure paychecks — are seeing a resurgence, all thanks to Houston and the Gulf Coast. The New York Times recently looked at how the energy boom has revived the decelerating industry, providing work for "noncollege graduates with vocational skills." The positions are necessary as the energy industry seeks workers who can help build new pipeline and petrochemical plants. Welders have found work hard to come by in recent years, but now Houston’s biggest businesses are working with local community colleges to resuscitate a dying trade.
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ASU-Heber Springs student honored for welding
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
One young man from Arkansas State University-Heber Springs, a satellite campus of ASU-Beebe, was honored recently for his dedication and talent that led him to place third in the American Welding Society National Weld-Off, surpassing the accomplishments of all previous contestants from the state of Arkansas.
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Local women welders are in high demand
The New Tech Skills center in Spokane, Washington, is partnering up with almost 40 schools in 11 different districts. Many of those students spend half of their day taking classes such as welding. Normally, it is men who are in the program, but lately it's been women that are in high demand. The new Tech Skills center has been around since 1982, the welding program being one of the original ones they offered.
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SCVTHS in New Jersey presents The Rainforest Project: Welding
The Messenger-Gazette
The Rainforest Project is an interdisciplinary project created and put into motion by Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School Honors Dance Department Coordinator Sheila Buttermore. Through the use of student and faculty choreography, the Gifted and Talented Honors Dance Program are creating a rainforest themed performance. The welding program's contributions to the Rainforest Project involved the creation of the set that will be used on stage during the performances. Welding Instructor Don Smith explained how the impressively large set took his entire class nearly four weeks to fabricate, assemble and weld all of the square and rectangular steel tubing pieces together.
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