John Vyhlidal is out to convince students in Omaha’s high schools to consider “not” going to college. Instead, he’s offering high quality jobs at Tri-V Tool & Manufacturing. He visits job fairs and any other school in order to make his pitch, hoping to win over the kids who spent their summers tinkering on bikes or repairing lawn mowers.
Some job openings at manufacturing companies go unfilled for as long as two years in Omaha. Unless business owners like Vyhlidal recruit alongside colleges, there are concerns that both students and business owners could miss out on some great job opportunities.
Here are the latest opportunities in the world of welding:
Southern End of Keystone XL Pipeline Nears Completion: “On Thursday, Corey Goulet, vice president of the Keystone Pipeline Project for TransCanada Corp., thanked workers from Pipeliners Union Local 798 in Tulsa, which contributed 350 welders, journeymen and helpers to the near-complete southern extension of the Keystone XL”
Springfield, OH School Adds Training Program to Fill Local Jobs: “The Ohio Hi-Point Career Center is spending $500,000 to get a new welding program off the ground, after hearing from regional manufacturing firms that jobs in the field are going unfilled.”
North Carolina Provides Welding Training and Job Placement Help: “Short-term training in welding is now available at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. Those interested in earning welding certifications in less than eight months should attend an information session on Monday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m. at the college’s R3 Career Center in Kannapolis.
Through the college’s $120,000 grant from the North Carolina Department of Commerce in support of the NC Back-to-Work initiative, many students will qualify for free tuition for the welding program. Students will also receive assistance with job placement.”
Canadian Welders Find Jobs in Saskatchewan and Out West: “Because welders are needed in practically every industrial sector, the war for talent is intense. But, as Mr. Reid found, these skilled tradespeople have to go where the work is in order to take advantage of the opportunities. The best prospects, he said, are in the West, especially for younger workers who want to continue to train on the job and expand their knowledge of the trade.”
High Demand for Welders in Texas: “Texas employers need more workers with one specialized skill which is welding. In the oil and gas industry in Texas a large number of skilled workers are reaching retirement age and with an aging workforce—there’s a demand for welders.”
DOE Grant Helps Aiken Tech Expand Welding Program: “Aiken Technical College added an associate degree for its welding program – providing students with more experience and job opportunities. Now, the college is ramping up the program even more. The U.S. Department of Energy is donating $95,000 to purchase state-of-the-art welding equipment that will give students advanced manufacturing and nuclear pipe welding training.”
Nebraska High School Brings Back Welding Program: “Beatrice High School is starting the reboot of career academies on the right foot with a $70,000 grant from the Nebraska Department of Education. With 60 kids enrolled in the academies this year, BPS Director of Curriculum and Assessment Jackie Nielsen said the reinitiating of the program has been successful.”
Central Community College in Columbus, OH Expands Welding Program: “The welding program at Central community College-Columbus has grown dramatically over the last three decades, according to a report presented Thursday to the College Board of Governors.
Welding instructor Gary Senff said when he joined the CCC-Columbus faculty in 1979, the welding program had 11 welding stations in a 645-square-foot area. In January the program will move into a 9,550-square-foot addition to the campus’ North Education Center, with 27 welding booths, grinding rooms, 10 oxyacetylene welding and cutting stations, a jib crane, a classroom, an audio-visual room and a robotics room.”
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Welding Gone Wrong
Welding Causes Garage Fire in NJ: “The fire was under control within about 20 minutes, according to Ed Shaffer, chief of the Lebanon Township Volunteer Fire Department. No injuries were reported, Shaffer said. The fire is thought to have started when something in the 15-feet-by-20-feet sheet metal-clad structure ignited as a man was welding inside.”
22-Year Old Man Dies from Welding Accident: “A tragic welding accident had left the young man from Cashton with third-degree burns covering 75 percent of his body. His mother, Carol, remembers getting the call from her son Oct. 1…
Doctors met them at the ambulance bay at Vernon Memorial Hospital, but Jake’s
injuries were too severe to treat there. He flew by helicopter to the University of Madison burn unit, where he fought for his life until he died Saturday, Oct. 5, the same day he was supposed to be married.”
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