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Welding training a hot ticket to in-demand jobs
As job seekers shift their ambitions in response to the Great Recession, many have turned to the trades and to training at Wake Technical Community College in North Carolina. One field that is red hot is welding. Christopher Githens, associate professor at Wake Tech, said he has a waiting list 80 students long for the semester that begins in the fall. The job market for good welders has always been strong.
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High-Temperature Metals Conference
Aug. 18-19, 2015
Moraine Valley Community College
Chicago, IL

Materials used in high temperature application are becoming more complex to achieve the creep strength and corrosion resistance. A range of low alloy, high strength, and austenitic materials are required depending on the application. What choices does the engineer have once the weldability window for high-temperature steels is cut in half? Come and learn from the experts how to manage weldability of P91 steel, dissimilar metal welding, postweld heat treating, selection of weld consumables, the types of weld cracking, and more.

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18th Annual Aluminum Conference
Sept. 22-24, 2015
Omni Hotel
San Diego, CA

A distinguished panel of aluminum-industry experts will survey the state of the art in aluminum welding technology and practice. The 18th Aluminum Welding Conference will also provide several opportunities for you to network informally with speakers and other participants, and to visit an exhibition showcasing products and services available to the aluminum welding industry. Aluminum lends itself to a wide variety of industrial applications because of its light weight, high strength-to-weight ratio, corrosion resistance, and other attributes. However, because its chemical and physical properties are different from those of steel, welding of aluminum requires special processes, techniques, and expertise.

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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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How older workers are helping small NYC businesses thrive
When a new employee at the custom metal manufacturer Architectural Grille is stumped by a tricky welding job, there's a quick way to solve the problem — ask one of the company's veteran workers. "It happens every day," said Architectural Grille president Stephen Giumenta. "The more experienced welder will come in and say, 'No, you have to do it this way.'"
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The welding system of the future is self-learning
Lappeenranta University of Technology via
Lappeenranta University of Technology is developing an entirely new kind of welding system, one which solves quality and productivity problems related to automated and mechanized welding. The system is self-adjusting, flexible and adaptable, such that it can be integrated as part of different robotic systems and different manufacturers' power supplies.
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Worrying signs for American manufacturing
The Economist
In recent years there has been much talk of a "renaissance" in American manufacturing. A few things seemed to be on the side of the makers. For instance, until recently the dollar was weak. American wages were stagnant, but those in China were booming. Cheap shale oil and gas gave factories a boost. But as The Economist argued recently, talk of a renaissance is overblown. And new figures, released recently, add to the mounting pile of evidence saying that manufacturing growth is starting to slow.
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PRCC offering pipefitting, welding in Poplarville, Mississippi
Pearl River Community College will offer pipefitting and welding courses this summer in Poplarville, Mississippi, through its workforce programs. The pipefitting course will meet from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, May 18-July 15. It offers the industry-recognized certificate in pipefitting, including applications for 10-hour OSHA certification, basic lift truck operator OSHA certification and NCCER certification in introductory craft skills core curriculum, Level 1 and Level 2 pipefitting.
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Lower-cost metal 3-D printing solution available
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. via
Three-dimensional printing of plastic parts to prototype or manufacture goods is becoming commonplace in industry, but there is an urgent need for lower-cost 3-D printing technology to produce metal parts. New substrate release solutions that offer easy, less expensive alternatives to aluminum parts removal during gas metal arc weld 3-D printing are described in an article in 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing.
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Low oil prices may translate to increased opportunities for local manufacturers
A product a North Dakota manufacturing company began making for one oil customer is now exported to several states. The success story of a product from Steffes Corp., with locations in Dickinson and Grand Forks, served as an example recently for regional manufacturers trying to break into the oil and gas business.
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ESAB sponsors 6th annual FDTC Welding Competition
Products announces sponsorship of the 6th annual Florence-Darlington Technical College's Welding Sculpture Competition in partnership with Francis Marion University Arts International to be held April 11 in downtown Florence, South Carolina. Teams of professional welders and welding students from across the Pee Dee region will have eight hours to turn scrap metal into welded sculptures fitting the competition's theme: Nature. The final artwork will be auctioned off to raise funds for welding scholarships at FDTC.
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Sunnyside, Washington, students to compete in state welding competition
Daily Sun News
Two Sunnyside, Washington, welders will be demonstrating their skills in a state welding competition after earning first- and second-place honors in the district and regional competitions. Jiovani Rodriguez and Miguel Sanchez are students at Sunnyside’s YV Tech. They both said the training they’ve been getting from instructor Tom Dolan has prepared them to tackle just about any welding job.
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High-schoolers weld for certification
Visalia Times-Delta
From a group of 40 teenagers from Visalia, Clovis and as far away as Oakhurst, California, College of the Sequoias welding instructor Randy Emery expected only eight to successfully weld two sheets of metal together March 23 and to walk away with a certificate from the American Welding Society.
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Knoxville (Illinois) High School takes top honors at welding contest
The Register-Mail
Knoxville (Illinois) High School won the fourth annual Carl Sandburg College Welding Competition at the Center for Manufacturing Excellence on the main campus. Knoxville also claimed two of the top three individual competitors. Jagger Johnson and Ryan Brown of KHS finished first and third, respectively, and Galesburg’s Cody Park took second place. Austin Steward of ROWVA and Justin Hoben of Knoxville tied for first place in the written portion of the competition.
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