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Weekly Welding Roundup – Mentors in Welding

Weekly Welding Roundup – Mentors in Welding

Teens in the Canadian Arctic town of Cambridge Bay were struggling to stay out of trouble, and so the village elders reached out to a husband and wife team of welders, Kerry and Amanda Illerbrun. The Illerbruns visit the town for a few weeks each year in order to mentor and teach the teens more welding skills.

One of their apprentices already has plans to create metal birds to sell to tourists, while another has plans to build his own weight bench. All of the teens have been involved in cultural activities, including learning about their Inuit heritage. They have welded a large wolf and muskox sculpture that are currently on display in the town. Many of the teens hope to continue welding as a future career path. 

Welding is a great lifelong skill to expose students to spark a potential future in welding! 

Welding Industry News

Miller Electric Introduces New Weld-Mask 2
“Weld-Mask 2 is engineered specifically for the unique hazards prevalent among construction and ship welders, as well as other welders who work in tight, challenging environments. Its compact, low-profile design allows users to weld in spaces where access with traditional helmets is limited.” This design was specifically added with space under the mask for a respirator. Miller has another Weld Mask that is designed for applications where a respirator is not needed. 

Both Miller options are a great alternative in areas that a traditional welding helmets will not fit. 


Welding Jobs

Southern Virginia Training Center Is AWS Certified
“The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center recently became an Accredited Testing Facility through the American Welding Society.

With this internationally recognized designation, the SVHEC now provides welding trainees, experienced welders, and regional employers with access to pursue industry certification.”

Welding Education

Georgia Students Get Hands-On Welding Training
“Students at the Heart of Georgia College and Career Academy in Laurens County will head to class to continue learning a trade that could turn into a lifetime career. Around 30 teens are getting a hands-on look at welding…”

Chicago School Opens New Welding Lab
“State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith was effusive in his praise for Elgin High School’s welding lab. ‘I love the facility, which was brilliantly designed…’

Smith and U.S. Rep. Raja Krishamoorthi, D-Schaumburg, were among the 50 or so people who toured a new welding lab booth, one of 14 that opened this year, as well as the high school’s automotives lab and culinary science classrooms and South Elgin High School’s automotives lab, early childhood classrooms, and precision manufacturing facilities.”

Welding Events

Nov 6, 2018 – Nov 8, 2018

North America’s largest metal forming,  fabricating, welding and finishing event heads to Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA – November 6-8, 2018. The upcoming event is expected to cover more than 625,000 net square feet and anticipates over 35,000 attendees and 1,500 exhibiting companies. FABTECH provides a convenient ‘one stop shop’ venue where you can meet with world-class suppliers, see the latest industry products and developments, and find the tools to  improve productivity, increase profits and discover new solutions to all of your metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing needs.

Annual event where welders and fabricators meet and get the opportunity to participate and network with manufactures and fellow fabricators. 

Welding Gone Wrong

Fire Destroys Arkansas Welding Business
“According to Elkins City Hall, the building is a welding business and former Elkins fire station. City Hall was evacuated when the fire first broke out over concerns that propane tanks inside the burning building would explode.”

Welding safety is critical and proper use and storage of any and all flammable gas. 

Ed C.


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