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Underwater welding: The allure of a niche job
The Seattle Times
Underwater welding is not for everyone. There are only about 3,000 people in the United States with the highest level of international certifications, and only two places to achieve it. The oldest is the Divers Institute of Technology on North Lake Union, founded in 1968. The other is in Florida. Instructor Jim Bernacki says, "It’s for thrill seekers looking for a skill that’s challenging."
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High Temp Metals Conference — Last Chance to Register
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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Aug. 13-16 Indiana State Fair Indianapolis, IN
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Pipeline Conference
Sept. 1-3, 2015
Hotel Monteleone
New Orleans, LA

Regional and transcontinental pipelines are a very efficient way to deliver chemical resources from upstream facilities to power plants, chemical plants, offshore facilities, maritime ports, and collection & distribution centers to name a few. This conference will discuss advances pipeline welding materials and technology. Higher strength materials are being qualified which can provide signicant cost savings and reliability. Innovative welding processes are being developed for these materials to assure toughness and fitness for service. Automated nondestructive test methods are being developed to assure quality, and support in-service inspection and repair. Join other industry leaders in the field, as the AWS Pipelines Conference explores new research, trends and applications for this growing discipline.

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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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Alabama gets high marks for auto manufacturing, workforce training from trade magazine
Alabama has been ranked the No. 2 state for strength in auto manufacturing by Business Facilities, a magazine that targets site selectors and industry decision-makers. The magazine has issued its 11th Annual Rankings Report, which ranks states in various industry and economic development categories. In the key category, Texas was named the state with the best business climate. Alabama placed No. 10 on that list last year but did not appear in this year's top 10.
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Piedmont Tech graduate shows welding not just for boys
GWD Today
Being raised with three brothers, Cassandra Jones was a self-proclaimed tomboy. She was interested in cars and mechanical things. As an adult, the Newberry, South Carolina, native came to the realization that she knew she needed more education to make a better life for her family, and especially her four daughters. She looked to Piedmont Technical College to explore her options.
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Ann Arbor Welding Supply to open Monroe, Michigan, location
Monroe News
Upon walking into the freshly opened Ann Arbor Welding Supply store at 4658 S. Custer Dr., one mile west of the Monroe County (Michigan) Fairgrounds, one gets the sense of having entered a specialty motorsports store rather than a welding equipment and gas supplier. The main store floor, complete with a custom-made counter weighing more than 4,500 pounds, leads back into an open lobby laden with leather sofas and surrounded by offices in which customers can meet with the welding professionals.
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Carrying the torch for their future
The Baxter Bulletin
"It’s awesome!" That’s how 10-year-old Jacob Principato describes learning to weld at the Young Manufacturers Academy going on recently at the Arkansas State University Mountain Home Technical Center. Principato, who will be entering the fifth grade this year, is one of 12 Twin Lakes Area students taking part in the program.
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Waukesha County Technical College to offer free welding classes
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Free welding classes are coming to Waukesha County Technical College this fall, a few months after Milwaukee Area Technical College was flooded with phone calls when it offered a similar program. The Waukesha classes will run from Aug. 26 to Dec. 22, afternoons and evenings, at the college in Pewaukee. Students who complete the program will receive a certificate that is recognized by employers, and they will receive job search assistance, career counseling and mentoring
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Coldwater Machine expands relationship with Harms & Wende
PRWeb via Benzinga
Coldwater Machine Company, a leading engineering solutions company that manufactures and integrates precision equipment and tools for multiple industries, announced that technology partner Harms & Wende of Hamburg, Germany, has appointed Coldwater its exclusive distributor for North America, Mexico and South America to promote solutions featuring its friction welding technologies. Harms & Wende specializes in resistance and friction welding solutions with applications in the transportation and industrial sectors.
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Oregon's DIY Cave hosts youth welding class
The Bulletin
When Jim Currie, 54, was a student at Pilot Butte Junior High, building a gun case with the table saw was the cool thing to do in shop class. "So I’d have my boards and wait in line, but by the time the buzzer rang, I had never gotten to the saw," Currie said. "All I ever did in that class was push the broom around." Eventually, Currie noticed no one was in the welding corner. One thing led to another, and eventually Currie fabricated a go-kart using a motor he stole from his dad’s lawn mower. After that, he was hooked.
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