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Welding jobs in high demand across Wisconsin
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While many jobs are being forced to lay off workers, one profession is looking to hire. "I was always interested in ships and that's what sparked the interest," Ben Kuether said. Kuether is a student at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, Wis., working toward his certificate in welding. "I plan on going to Marquette and seeing if they need welders to work on the ships," he said. The one-year program at NTC has a 90 percent placement rate, in part, because welders are in higher demand than ever around Wisconsin. More

L.M. Sixel: Ignoring manufacturing can be a big career mistake
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One big reason for Houston's economic vitality is its strong oil field equipment manufacturing base. The machine shops and welding fabrication plants scattered around Houston pay good wages, offer decent benefits and provide solid middle-class lives for blue-collar employees. The manufacturing work done in Houston is part of its culture and hones its role as the nation's energy capital. But as important as it is, manufacturing is a hard sell to teens thinking about careers. More

Obama names not 1, but 2 new manufacturing czars
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President Barack Obama named two new manufacturing czars. Call them co-czars. The government hasn't had a manufacturing point person since the previous czar, Ron Bloom, stepped down in August. Now, Commerce Secretary John Bryson will team up with Gene Sperling, the director of the National Economic Council, to run the White House Office of Manufacturing Policy. More

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Poll results: Social media sites
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In the Dec. 13 issue of AWS's This Week in Welding, we asked, "Which social media site do you use the most?"

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D1.1 now available in Spanish
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The first direct, accurate and concise Spanish translation of the world-famous Structural Welding Code — Steel. It has been created in the same format as the version in English, including all of the necessary tables and figures. Every single Annex and Commentary section has been reproduced from the original version. More

Bridge construction a silver lining in mixed 2012 forecast
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There's good news and bad news for the 2012 transportation construction market, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association revealed in its annual economic forecast. First, the bad news for the bridge sector: the value of bridge work for FY 2012 is expected to drop by 10 percent from $26.3 billion to $23.6 billion, primarily because nearly all the projects that include ARRA funding are finished or under way and state/local DOTs are pulling back on new projects. The good news in ARTBA's forecast: the transportation construction market sector will remain the most stable industry sector as it has been for the past five years. More

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Great Lakes shipyards envision busy winter
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More than 1,200 boilermakers, welders, electricians and other skilled craftsmen will be hard at work this winter maintaining and modernizing U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters when they lay up between late December and mid-January. The major U.S.-flag operators will invest more than $75 million in their 56 vessels so the fleet will be ready to replenish stockpiles of iron ore, coal, cement, salt and limestone when shipping resumes in March. More

German chancellor says nuclear exit will create more jobs than it destroys
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Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Germany's planned abandonment of nuclear energy would ultimately create more employment than it destroys. "All in all, the new energy policy will create more jobs than will be lost," she said, after French nuclear giant Areva became the latest of several big energy companies to announce it was axing posts. Merkel said that the announcements were company decisions which were "the result of long-term developments and are not related to a single cause." More

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Slow recovery seen for flood-hit Thai manufacturing plants
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Piles of rubbish, rusting furniture and discarded machinery litter one of Thailand's top high-tech parks, a former symbol of economic prowess laid to waste by weeks of flooding. Many of the companies located in the country's industrial heartland say it will be several months at least before their operations return to normal. Investor confidence in the kingdom is likely to take even longer to recover. More

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Michigan program organizers hope to match welders with jobs
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Organizers of a new job recruiting program hope to have more than a dozen unemployed but newly trained welders in new manufacturing jobs. This year, South Central Michigan Works and the Academy for Manufacturing Careers have teamed up to host "reverse job fairs," where employers come to check out work samples by new academy students and see how they would fit into the employer's work environment. More

Oil boom hits Glendive, Mont., college
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Even Texas native Jim Cargill, president of Dawson Community College in Glendive, Mont., has never seen an oil boom quite like the one exploding into Montana from North Dakota. Earlier this year, Cargill began noticing the boom's effect on his college, located less than 100 miles from Williston, N.D., the epicenter of the hectic Bakken oil development. More

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Nathan Bomey: Why does Michigan have 77,000 unfilled job openings?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's an increasingly common refrain among Michigan business executives and politicians. It goes like this: Michigan companies have thousands of job openings, but many times they can't find qualified employees — or qualified employees simply don't exist. Carrie Houtman, a senior policy analyst for Midland, Mich.,-based Dow Chemical Co., said in Ann Arbor that it's a national problem. She said nearly 3 million jobs in the U.S. can't be filled because of a lack of talent. More

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Heavy metal is back: The best cities for manufacturing
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For a generation American manufacturing has been widely seen as a "declining sport." Yet, its demise has been largely overplayed. Despite the many jobs this sector has lost in the past generation, manufacturing remains remarkably resilient, with a global market share similar to that of the 1970s. More recently, the U.S. industrial base has been on a powerful upswing, with employment climbing steadily since 2009. Boosted by productivity gains and higher costs in competitors, including China, U.S. manufacturing exports have grown at their fastest rate since the late 1980s. In 2011 American manufacturing continued to expand, while Germany, Japan and Brazil all weakened in this vital sector. More

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Labor market shows gains as November unemployment falls
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The number of U.S. workers seeking jobless benefits fell to its lowest point since May 2008, a sign that the labor market may finally be gaining strength. Initial claims for unemployment insurance fell by 19,000 to 366,000, the government said. The four-week moving average of claims — which smooths out weekly gyrations in the measure — fell 6,500 to 387,750. The claims figure was the latest sign of the nation's improving employment picture. The unemployment rate fell to 8.6 percent in November, still high but the lowest level since March 2009, though part of the decline was due to people giving up the search for work. More

Manufacturing can thrive but struggles for respect
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On a quiet stretch of the waterfront about a mile from Boston's main tourist sites, a Gillette factory hums along 24 hours a day making an unlikely commodity: top-of-the-line razors. The factory, which employs about 700 people in manufacturing as well as another 800 in design, engineering and management, is an anomaly in modern America — a manufacturing site in one of most expensive cities in the country. But to Gillette's parent company, Procter & Gamble, Boston is an ideal base not only for making Fusion and Mach 3 razors, but to produce machines that assemble Gillette products around the world: After a century of making razors at the site, the company has a critical mass of experienced workers. More



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