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Activity sparks call for trained, qualified welders
Houston Chronicle
Welders are in demand, a trend that has continued for the past couple of decades, and this is expected to continue. "We are seeing a shortage of 10,000-15,000 welders, and this shortage is rising. Power plants and petrochemical plant projects are driving this shortage today," said Barney Burks, chairman, American Welding Society Houston section, and sales engineer/certified welding inspector, Sowesco Pinnacle Alloys.
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AWS 9th Shipbuilding Conference
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April 7-8, 2015
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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 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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AWS Revamps Website to Enrich User Experience
The American Welding Society, a non-­profit organization dedicated to advancing the science of welding, has revamped its website,, to enrich visitor experience by creating customization and delivering full content and functionality across all devices.

The new AWS website has been designed to give visitors the ability to customize the website to fit their individual needs, whether they are a student looking to see where they can take welding classes, a seasoned professional looking for conferences and certifications to further advance their career, or a job seeker looking for new opportunities in the field.

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Workshops introduce women to welding and wine
New York Post
Sparks are flying at a women’s-only welding class on Staten Island in New York City, where students pair power tools with prosecco. The ladies enrolled in the "Women, Welding and Wine!" workshops are melting through stereotypes about the supposedly macho hobby by morphing hunks of metal into gorgeous sculptures, frames and kitchen racks, students and organizers told The Post. Their reward at the end of the class is a wine-tasting session.
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Manufacturing group leader sees revival
The Buffalo News
Jerry Sheldon was ready for a career change but found a way to stay involved in manufacturing. Sheldon sold his business, Lancaster Tanks and Steel Products, last September, and earlier this year became the first executive director of the Buffalo Niagara Manufacturing Alliance. The group had about 35 members when established in 2010, and now has more than 120. Sheldon spent about 20 years at Praxair in the Town of Tonawanda in engineering and management positions before leaving to buy Elmwood Tank and Piping Corp., a small mechanical contracting company. Two years later, he bought Lancaster Tanks.
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Senator sponsors bill to create manufacturing universities
The News Journal
Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, a Democrat, has co-sponsored legislation to help schools strengthen their engineering programs by tailoring their curriculum to meet the manufacturing industry's modern demands. Coons joined Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and fellow Democratic Sens. Kristen Gillibrand of New York and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin to sponsor the Manufacturing Universities Act of 2015.
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Dad, son graduate college from same program on same day
News 13
It’s not too often parents get to celebrate their child’s graduation at the same time as their own. But that’s what happened at Hillsborough Community College’s Welding Program graduation on March 20. "When [my dad] was in the military he wasn’t around as much, but I’ve always loved my dad and got along with him," said Sean Singleton, who graduated with his father, Todd.
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Honda launches $1 million campaign to draw Ohio students to manufacturing
Automotive News
Honda is joining a push in Ohio to interest middle and high school students in manufacturing careers, a move stemming from increasing concerns about future shortages of qualified workers. As part of a multifaceted effort, Honda has committed $1 million to scholarships, partnerships with technical schools, summer technology camps and the development of a video game designed to show students the high-tech skills required in today’s manufacturing jobs.
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Training partnership teaches welding, life skills
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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.
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Improving productivity of welding by reducing groove angle
Lappeenranta University of Technology via
Lappeenranta University of Technology has been developing materials and technology suitable for Arctic conditions. Principles for safe and ecological design and manufacturing of structures and devices used for energy production in the Arctic have been defined in the Arctic Materials Technologies Development project. The LUT research focuses on the properties of new high-strength steel grades suitable for Arctic construction and the welding methods they require. As a result, the productivity of welding has been significantly improved through reducing the groove angle essential to welding from 45 degrees to 30 degrees without compromising quality.
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Professor who saved Venice joins Britain's AME
Business Quarter
The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) has secured a major coup by appointing Steve Jones as its Professor for Welding and Joining Sciences. Regarded by many as a global expert in his field, the former welding apprentice joins from Rolls-Royce PLC and will be responsible for enhancing AME’s ability to bid for and deliver new technology projects in automotive, aerospace, energy, nuclear, oil and rail.
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Welding course at Illinois' Prairie State College gives area artists creative inspiration
eNews Park Forest
When artist and former art teacher Charlene Stiglitz-Gordon saw that Prairie State College was offering welding classes more than 40 years ago, she jumped at the chance to take a course. She, along with her husband, Dr. Gordon Murray, have not missed a semester of classes since. Unlike many of the other students in the class, the Gordons’ motivation for taking the courses are purely creative.
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Red Mountain welding team wins Best in the West contest
Mesa Public Schools via AzEdNews
For the second year in a row, Red Mountain High School won the combined team build project in the Mesa Public Schools/CTE Best in the West Invitational Welding Contest, which was held March 6. Students from Mesa’s six high schools, and five schools outside of the district, participated in the competition. Vern Lewis Welding Supply sponsored the contest and provided materials, welding machines and prizes.
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Litchfield, Minnesota, residents get fired up for welding
Litchfield Independent Review
For some, welding might seem like a complicated process that involves electricity, gases and a plethora of sparks. For Litchfield, Minnesota, resident Gary Hein, welding is as simple as making breakfast. "If we do it right, it should sound like eggs and bacon," Hein said, referring to the sizzling sound made when properly welding metal.
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