Evan Hohman

Sakgit Valley College Weld Club

Enjoying the outdoors, gaining welding experience, and building community spirit are among the driving forces behind the partnership between the Sakgit Valley College Weld Club and the city officials in Mount Vernon, Washington. The welding club, led Mary Kuebelbeck, a welding instructor at SVC, partnered with the city to fabricate a geese sculpture for the city welcome sign originally, and the relationships built with local fabrication businesses and the sense of accomplishment sparked a 10-year sculpture partnership.

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Now the students have worked on sculptures in partnership with the hospital for the town walking trail and created a sculpture for the library. The partnership provides opportunities for students to get hands on experience and to try new equipment at local shops that they may not have on hand in the school welding shop. 

The program has also helped encourage more outdoor recreation in the community and brought people together at each annual dedication ceremony. 

Welding Schools

California School Unveils $23 Million Welding Facility

“Welding booths wait for the first students at Butte College's new welding and manufacturing facility Wednesday at the main campus in Butte Valley.”

Generous Grant Helps Georgia High School Open Welding Lab
“Thomson High School officially opened it’s welding facility on Wednesday, Oct. 9. McDuffie County as the Thomson High School Bulldogs recognized their new welding lab with a round of applause. They were able to open after receiving a $100,000 grant from Georgia Power Foundation, $67,000 from the state, and $10,000 from Jefferson Energy.”

Welding Student Follows in Her Family’s Footsteps
“Brittany Celebucki, a senior at Berne-Knox-Westerlo High School, is bucking that stereotype with the work she’s doing in welding class. She’s one of three female students in the class at the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School. Turns out it’s a field very familiar to her family.

‘My grandfather was a welder. My Dad's a welder,’ she says. According to the American Welding Association, only 5 percent of welders in the U.S. are female. It’s a statistic that doesn’t bother Brittany. If anything, it motivates her. ‘You just got to show them that you can do as much as they can do,’ she says. ‘And be just as good. Or even better!’”

Former Skills USA Winner Teaches at Former School’s New Welding Lab
“Last week Thomson High School cut the ribbon on its welding lab, which operates as part of the school’s CTAE (Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education) program. The 10-bay lab opened with the start of the school year and instruction is led by Courtney Moser, who is a previous Skills USA state winner in welding.

‘Many of you are probably wondering why did a female get into welding,’ said Moser, as she addressed the crowd attending the ribbon cutting last Wednesday. She explained that as a senior at Maxwell High School of Technology, in Gwinnett County, she needed a senior math credit. So, instead of taking another math course she earned the credit by taking a welding class.”

Welding Jobs

Adults Plan Welding Careers with New Course Offerings
“Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 will offer two adult welding sessions at Lincoln-Way East, 201 Colorado Ave. in Frankfort. Whether you are interested in creating your own artsy designs, doing repairs or thinking of a career in welding, you can take this class.

The district said the class is open to anyone who is interested in exploring the basics of shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, plasma arc cutting, oxy-fuel torch cutting, oxy-fuel gas welding, brazing and soldering.”

Welding Industry

A Review of the New Millermatic 255

“All in all, I really like this machine. The setup is quick, and it’s easy to make top-quality welds. This is a full-featured, state-of-the-art machine, capable of high-output welding for extended periods. It can be outfitted with a Spoolgun or a Push Pull gun for welding aluminum, and there is a Multimatic version that adds the capability of TIG and Stick welding, too.”

Check out the discounted Millermatic 255 (with rebate) at Baker’s

Welding Events

FABTECH, November 11-14 in Chicago

“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

Welding Inspector Admits False Reports on Weld Quality
“A former Newport News shipyard worker has admitted in federal court to falsifying weld inspection reports, actions that prompted an investigation of welds in eight submarines and an aircraft carrier. Joseph W. Powell, 29, Suffolk, faced a 12-count indictment in U.S. District Court that alleged he approved welds without inspecting them. He pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement and faces up to five years in prison.

In exchange for his guilty plea, the remaining counts were dismissed. However, he agreed to a statement of facts that said other welds he certified were unsatisfactory and required further work.”

Save on Welders and Welding Safety Gear This Fall

Now is the time to pick up the latest Digital Infinity Welding Helmet from Miller Electric, using a $50 rebate on top of the already discounted prices at Baker’s Gas and Welding. If you’re looking for a new welding machine, the ESAB Rebel price is falling along with the leaves with the latest Burn and Earn promotion combined with the discounted welding supplies that come with a Baker’s Bundle. Don’t forget that a new round of Build with Blue is out for the holiday season, extending brand new savings for Miller’s most popular welders. 

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