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Aug. 12-13, 2014
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The thermal effects from welding and heat treatment influence the microstructure and mechanical properties of welds. Various materials, such as carbon steels and other alloy grades, are affected by heat treatment which changes the weld metallurgy and influences the final welded product. Better understanding of the impact of welding and heat treatment practices can allow for the weld quality and reliability to be optimized for the application.

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Oct. 8-9, 2014
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The Welding Summit Workshop's purpose is to provide an interactive open forum environment for professionals from various areas of the welding industry to discuss issues and propose solutions.

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This way up: Mobility in America
The Wall Street Journal
Dakota Blazier had made a big decision. Friendly and fresh-faced, from a small town north of Indianapolis, he'd made up his mind: He wasn't going to college. "I discovered a long time ago," he explained, "I'm not book smart. I don't like sitting still, and I learn better when the problem is practical." But he didn't feel this limited his options — to the contrary. And he was executing a plan as purposeful as that of any of his high school peers.
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Florida college's welding students on way to high-paying jobs
Pensacola News Journal
Twenty-two-year-old Wayne Marshall is taking part in Pensacola (Florida) State College's welding program to improve life for him and his family. Trent Wallace, 33, signed up in order to find direction. Both students now feel they're on their way to a better life. PSC's welding program started this summer at the college's campus in Century, one of the most impoverished areas in the county. The program puts students on track to become certified welders within a short period of time, three semesters, so that they can land lucrative jobs and get on track to improve their lives.
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Students get lowdown on value of 'middle skills'
Houston Chronicle
High school senior Angelica Gaytan wants to be an FBI agent. But if that doesn't work out, she's considering subsea welding. "I need a Plan B," said Gaytan, a student at Benjamin O. Davis Jr. Senior High School, who first learned about underwater welding from her uncle. But she got a lot more insight into welding careers recently as part of a program called Project GRAD.
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Bringing manufacturing to the US after a world tour
The Wall Street Journal
Kent International Inc. has hopscotched among 19 countries in all corners of the globe over the past half-century in search of cheap labor to make its bikes. Its latest stop: South Carolina. As it moved from country to country, Kent often obtained bikes from factories in several places simultaneously to get the best prices. There was even a spell when the company made bikes in its own factory in New Jersey, but that ended in 1991 amid an influx of cheap Chinese bikes that wiped out most U.S. mass producers.
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Pittsburgh Technical Institute launching new welding program to serve oil,
gas industry

Pittsburgh Business Times
As demand for experienced welders has increased, Pittsburgh Technical Institute will welcome its first class of welding students in a new 21-month associate of science degree program. PTI said the program offers expanded welding training for the pipe and structural industries, as well as professional development courses. "Our welding programs respond to industry needs," Robert Rossell, academic chair of PTI's School of Trades Technology, said in a statement.
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Manufacturing execs open pockets, see growth ahead
Remaining positive about the U.S. economy and sales at their own companies, manufacturing executives in two new surveys say they will be increasing capital spending to prepare for improving business conditions. Some 52 percent of industrial manufacturers in the quarterly Manufacturing Barometer survey conducted by PwC said they plan major new investments in CAPEX spending, up 13 points from the March 2014 survey. The mean investment was expected to be 5.7 percent of sales, higher than the 5.4 percent reported three months ago and well above the 4.0 percent forecast a year ago.
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Veterans learn the welding trade in Denville, New Jersey
Daily Record
Experts say the need for welders in America will increase drastically in the next decade as more retire, and with that knowledge, the American Welding Society and the Morris County School of Technology have teamed up to provide local veterans with the skills and certification they need to earn a job within the trade. "The average welder is 50 years old, and projecting ahead the next five to 10 years, there will be a need for a quarter of a million new welders throughout the United States," said Jim Dolan, chair of the American Welding Society educational committee.
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Manufacturing in Philadelphia area swells; fastest gain in 3 years
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Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region surged in July, expanding at its fastest pace in more than three years, as new orders, shipments, and hiring all rose. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said July 17 that its index of regional factory activity rose to 23.9 in July from 17.8 in June. Any reading above zero indicates growth. July's figure is the highest since March 2011, and is much higher than last year's average of 6.4, according to Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.
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World's largest spacecraft welding tool will build core stage of NASA's Space Launch System
NASA via Space Fellowship
A 170-foot powerhouse — the Vertical Assembly Center — is near completion and will soon be ready to build the core stage of NASA’s Space Launch System. SLS will be the most powerful rocket in history for deep space missions, including to an asteroid and ultimately to Mars.
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Grant brings 'virtual reality' welding to North Carolina college
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College via WBTV-TV
Duke Energy and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College recently announced a $247,453 investment from the Duke Energy Foundation. The funds will be used to integrate virtual reality welding into traditional welding curriculum to enhance the quality, quantity and efficiency of training — ultimately increasing the number of welders entering the field. Virtual reality welding equipment eliminates the cost of the metal used in traditional welding classes. Additionally, the device scores each weld and gives immediate feedback to the student welder.
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A look at manufacturing activity in the US — huffin' and puffin'
For the last three years, manufacturing activity has been growing more rapidly than the overall U.S. economic gross domestic product. This is the first time this has happened in more than 50 years.

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5 manufacturing-supporting bills approved by Senate
The Manufacturing Jobs for America campaign, helmed by Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., has announced that the U.S. Senate has approved bipartisan legislation that will strengthen the nation’s manufacturing workforce training programs and help fill the skills gap that many manufacturers are coming up against.

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Skilled trades employers fight 'dirty jobs' stereotype
USA Today
Skilled trade employers are fighting against the stigmas of their industry, a problem they say is hampering their ability to meet an increased need for welders, construction workers and other tradesmen.

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Carter County, Kentucky, tech center to offer evening welding program
If you want to learn how to make a living as a welder, this article is for you. The Carter County, Kentucky, school system has announced that, starting soon, it will offer a new evening welding certification class for adult students at its Carter County Career and Technical Center at Pleasant Valley near Olive Hill. The 18-week class will meet three nights per week and be taught by Derek Hazlett. The course is designed to prepare students for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s state certification assessment with classroom instruction and hands-on training.
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Preparing high school students for a manufacturing career in New York state's Mohawk Valley
Time Warner Cable News
Manufacturing and technology jobs are on the rise in the Mohawk Valley of New York state. To prepare, state leaders say it's crucial to appropriately train the local workforce, both present and future. As high schoolers reach the end of their primary education, many students don't realize there are plenty of well paying job opportunities already available to them. "Today there's really nothing offered to them and it's difficult for them to select that path when they're always being told they have to go to college, there's no jobs out there, that's not true," John Piseck, sales engineer for CTM in Frankfort said.
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