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Welding, College Libraries, and Renaissance Festivals

Welding, a college library, and Renaissance festivals aren’t exactly three
things that you would expect to see together. However, in this week’s welding
round-up, a school librarian got to work in the welding program on the side in
order to work on one of her hobbies.

According to the article: “Heather Williamson is quick to point out that there’s no such thing [as] a
‘stereotypical librarian.’

“Williamson should know. As the Cisco College librarian, she is someone who can’t be neatly defined. In addition to being the college’s director of libraries at the Cisco and Abilene campuses, having received her Master of Library Science from Texas Woman’s University in 2001, Williamson is working on becoming a certified welder is the curator of the school’s impressive art collection, and she regularly attends Renaissance festivals.”

Here’s the rest of this week’s welding news roundup:

Welding Industry

Chevrolet, GMC Trucks Recalled Over Welding Error: “A welding error by a
supplier has forced the recall of 119,000 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon
trucks from the 2010 through 2012 model years, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The error, discovered by General Motors during the inspection of faulty hoods on several vehicles, caused a secondary latch to be left off the construction of the hood.”

Lincoln Electric Adds Mobile App: “Lincoln Electric has launched a mobile-friendly version of the company’s online newsroom. The first of its kind in the welding industry, the mobile-friendly site makes it convenient and easy to access news and product information from Lincoln Electric anytime, anywhere.”

Welding Certification at Savannah Technical College: Need to get certified?
“Savannah Technical College’s Welding Department has recently designated a Level 1 and Level 2 SENSE school by the American Welding Society (AWS). SENSE or Schools Excelling through National Skill Standards Education establishes standards and guidelines for welder training.”

Welding Jobs

Welding Classes Are Popular with Auto Mechanic Students: Auto mechanics
instructor Randy Sharp said the attendance in his fall general mechanics class
revealed the level of commitment and importance of the class to the students.
“Everybody showed up to every class,” he said of his 14 students. “I was really
impressed when it opened back up that there was a full class.”

Welding Education

Welding Pilot Program Begins: “Starting in January, students in the program will be dual-enrolled at Northeast State Community College and Sullivan Central. An instructor from Northeast State will teach the students twice a week, and they will receive college credits.”

Tech School Students Enthusiastic About New Welding Program: “The first year of the program focuses on teaching the students about different types of welding. During their senior year, they’ll be able to specialize in a particular type. Exposure to the different types of welding makes the students more marketable when they look for jobs, the instructor said. Welders are in demand, for example, in the burgeoning shale industry.”

Welding Instructor Has Artistic Side: “When Tom Stage looks at a pile of scrap metal, he doesn’t see it heading to some recycling site. He sees it taking shape as a piece of art. Stage, who teaches welding at Ozarks Technical Community College, has been dabbling in metal art for many years, sharing his work with family and friends. Now, he’s branching out and offering his work for sale.

‘People seem to want to buy the stuff. I’ve been trying to get into an art
sale like the First Friday Art Walk,’ he said. The stage has been a professional
welder for 30 years and has been teaching at OTC for more than four. He calls
his form of art “green art” because he uses recycled material.”

Welding Gone Wrong

Welding Supplies Fuel Garage Fire: “Firefighters determined the welding
supplies inside the garage were feeding the fire, which caused an acetylene tank
to explode.”

Welding sparks started big wildfire in Washington: “An August wildfire that
destroyed 61 homes and cost $11.1 million to suppress was likely caused by
sparks from welding or cutting work on a bridge project southeast of Cle Elum in
the Cascade Range, the state Department of Natural Resources said Monday.”


Ed C.


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