Fitness trainer Jay Cooper, 61, battled through a bout with cancer and completely revolutionized his training methods by putting his welding skills to use. Cooper uses thousands of spare parts, a welding torch, and fitness expertise to design and build custom weight lifting benches that clients have come to rely on for ideal workouts.
Client Mary Kirasich benefits from the challenge and the efficiency of Cooper’s Glute Flex, a custom workout bench that offers a 300% more efficient workout. While Kirasioch is quick to point out that the workout itself is agonizing, the positive results are beyond dispute as well.
With a well-worn tape measure, some fitness and math know-how, and a heavy dose of welding experience, Cooper is on his way to offering his customers a truly unique workout experience.
Welder Finds Fulfilling Welding Job with GoodYear
“Miller has been welding for four years, although such a career was never something that would have crossed her mind when she was weighing what to do after high school. She graduated from Arizona State University and worked as a social worker, but it wasn’t fulfilling.
Trade jobs weren’t something that was pushed as an option in high school, especially for women, who were encouraged to pursue careers that followed along traditional gender roles, Miller said. It was simply about going to college and getting a good job. Switching from social work to welding uncovered her passion.”
Future Farmer Sees Welding as a Path Forward
“Stetson Hill is working toward a career in welding. Hill, 18, became interested in welding after taking a class in it at District 93’s Technical Careers High School. Since then, he’s participated often in ag mechanics and welding competitions. Last year, he placed second in stick and mig welding at a state completion in Moscow.”
Automated Welding Solves Labor Shortage for Companies
“There's a new, easy-to-program welding robot launching in November, and for many in the industry it comes not a moment too soon. That's because there are massive labor shortages in the American welding sector.
The robot, called the BotX Welder, is a direct response to industry hiring problems, along with the persistent challenge faced by fabrication companies in producing precision parts in small batches. It's also a feat of engineering and a good example of how automation companies are now standing on the shoulders of a generation of developers who created the underlying technology that's now being deployed to address specific industrial challenges.”
Best Practices for Pipe Welding
“Mistakes in pipe welding can happen from both beginners as well as experts. Understanding them is the best way to prevent such occurrences from happening in the first place. Mistakes in welding pave the way for weld defects. Recently, Honda had to recall some of their CR-V models because of a faulty weld that could result in fuel leakage. ”
Canadian Teen Overachieves in Welding
“While most achieve their red seal welding certificates in their early to mid 20s, an Enderby resident earned hers at 19.
Azurah Herbert-McMyn was drawn to metalworking at an early age. Growing up on a farm near Mara Lake she would learn from her grandfather in his shop where they would work on projects together. In school she gravitated to shop classes and was eventually offered the opportunity to kickstart her welding career.”
North Carolina School Adds New Welding Lab
“The state-of-the-art Welding Lab at the Randolph Community College Archdale Center just got bigger and better. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Thursday to celebrate the expansion from 20 to 31 booths for students.
RCC President Robert Shackleford said the facility was state-of-the art when it first opened on Aug. 12, 2011. ‘People visited it from all over,’ he said, adding that the lab is now certified by the American Welding Society as a testing site.”
“FABTECH brings a wealth of innovation and technology solutions to Chicago November 11-14, 2019. More than 48,000 attendees and over 1,700 exhibiting companies are expected to gather once again to celebrate metal manufacturing at its best. The event also provides educational sessions and expert-led presentations covering the latest trends and technology in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industries.”
Welding Gone Wrong
Homes Threatened by Welding Spark
“Signs of the aftermath of Sunday's grass fire in south Abilene were visible on Monday, with acres upon acres of land burned. The flames from Sunday's grass fire came very close to reaching homes in the Hampton Hills subdivision in south Abilene.
Hampton Hills subdivision resident Celeste Waechter saw the flames coming closer and closer to her home, with some of the flames coming within 50 feet of her residence.”
Welding Supplies on Sale
Visit the sharper, easier to use Baker’s Gas and Welding website where you’ll find the best prices on the Miller Multimatic 220, the ESAB Rebel 205, and the recently updated line of Lincoln Viking welding helmets. You’ll also find Baker’s Bundles, giving you everything you need to start welding as soon as you open the box.