Weekly Roundup – News in the Welding World
What better way to kick off the summer than a good old fashioned prank? The welding students at Liberty Bell High School in Winthrop, WA lead off this week’s welding news round up with an original prank that demonstrates just how much they learned in their welding courses.
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Special Welding News
Senior Class Says Farewell by Welding Truck to School: Welding training was added to the curriculum at Liberty Bell High School this past year, and the 2012 graduates wasted no time in gaining some “real world experience” by welding a truck to a column at the entrance to their school.
ESAB Launches Upgraded Website: The South Carolina based manufacturer of welding machines, cutting products, and other welding supplies has added additional product literature and resources to its website, including cost saving calculators.
Camp Shows Women a World of Opportunities: Mentoring a Girl in Construction is a job training program that provides hands on training for women who are interested in career opportunities in construction. The training included instruction carpentry, heavy equipment operation, electricity, and welding.
Welding Classes for DIY Students: A Los Angeles artist is offering welding classes in his shop for artists and DIY welders.
High School Welders Earn Competition Honors and Welding Jobs: The Herald Review in Decatur, GA reports: “Tim Brelsfoard, a Maroa-Forsyth High School student who has spent the last two years learning metal arc welding and other forms. Taking part in the 2012 High School Welding Competition hosted by the Midwest Technical Institute in Springfield, Brelsfoard beat dozens of rivals to nail first place in Division A and win $500. Now done with his Heartland training, he graduated high school May 25 and barely a week later, started work at the Decatur firm Airfloat.”
Young Women Also Get Welding Jobs: A new job training program in the Philippines has provided much needed job opportunities for women.
Unemployed Today, Welders May Be Hired Tomorrow: Demand is high for welders in Nebraska to the point that some plants are training new welders right on the job.
AWS FABTECH in Las Vegas: You can learn more about the upcoming AWS FABTECH event on November 12-14, including the exhibitors, at the AWS website.
Avani Environmental Intl. Announces Scholarship Opportunity: According to the Fabricator: “Avani Environmental Intl. Inc., Youngsville, N.C., a manufacturer of dust, fume, and smoke extraction and filtration equipment, has announced a scholarship opportunity for current welding students.” Students enter the contest for scholarships by welding the Avani logo and submitting a picture to Avani’s Facebook page. Each winner’s school will receive fume extraction equipment.
FFA Welding Contest Seeks Local Students: A local paper in Seneca Falls, NY reports: “Students interested in competing in the New York State FFA Welding Contest at Empire Farm Days are encouraged to pre-register by August 1, 2012 by contacting contest coordinators Jim Taylor, firstname.lastname@example.org, 315-527-8262, and Johanna Fox-Bossard, email@example.com, 315-440-1044.”
Students Leave an Artistic Legacy: With a plasma cutter, welder, and basic instructions to create a large, stylized version of their high school’s logo, students Jake Young and Justin McBride cut and welded a 16’ by 9’ school logo as part of their welding class. The school has now installed the logo on the school’s exterior.
Welding Gone Wrong
Man Dies in Industrial Accident: A local paper reports that he was welding underneath some of his farming equipment when a jack gave way.
Tanks Explode in Fire at a Phoenix Welding Company: The cause of the explosion remains unknown. Thankfully fast-acting fire crews were able to contain the blaze, keeping it from the unit storing oxygen and other combustible tanks.