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From Small Town Welder to Tesla Engineer

Garrett Corneliussen is a manufacturing engineer at Tesla, but his future career in welding and fabrication wasn’t always a sure bet. Corneliussen had struggled to pay attention in school, but when he learned about carpentry classes at his school and welding classes at Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) he signed up immediately.


His parents say that he had hope in his eyes as he came home from those classes, applying what he learned to the projects he’d been working on in the garage. Corneliussen originally wanted to work on welding projects on his jeep, but he soon learned that he had a talent for building and carrying projects through. That talent is serving him well in his position at Tesla.

Welding Industry

Welding Stainless Steel Aided by Monitor
“Measuring the oxygen level before, during and after welding stainless steel is crucial to achieve oxide free, zero colour welds. During stainless steel welding, the oxygen content must be purged down to a level as low as 100 ppm.

The low cost, hand held, battery operated PurgEye® 100, designed and developed by Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® is perfect for welding stainless steel, reading accurately from atmospheric oxygen level (20.94%), right down to 100 ppm (0.01%).”

Irradiated Alloy Welding Process May Revolutionize Industry
“Scientists of the Department of Energy’s Light Water Reactor Sustainability Program (LWRS) and partners from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have conducted the first weld tests to repair highly irradiated materials at DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The welding system, designed and installed in a hot cell at ORNL’s Radiochemical Engineering Development Center, safely encloses equipment for laser and friction-stir welding. It will allow researchers to advance welding technologies for repair of irradiated materials by developing processing conditions and evaluating post-weld materials properties.”

Nuclear Power Plants Could Benefit from New Welding System
“A system for welding highly irradiated metal alloys has been developed by researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in partnership with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). The system, designed and installed in a hot cell at ORNL’s Radiochemical Engineering Development Center, safely encloses equipment for laser and friction-stir welding.”

Manufacturers Learn of New Shielding Gas Alternative to Helium
“Praxair believes it has come up with an enhanced blend called StarGold Aluminum that will do that better than an argon-helium blend.

‘Historically there has been some use of argon,’ said WF Garth Stapon, automation specialist for Praxair Canada Inc, who was part of the Trailer Forum. ‘Helium has been in short supply for the past decade—the reason being that the US government considers helium a strategic resource.’”

Welding Education

Roanoke Welding Program Offers Two New Classes
“Two 40-hour arc welding courses have been scheduled at the Botetourt Technical Education Center in Fincastle this semester, sponsored by Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Workforce Solutions and Community Education. The instructor for both is Chris Zalewski.

‘Gas Metal Arc Welding’ (GMAW) includes both classroom instruction and hands-on lab training on one welding position, 1G flat groove. The tuition fee of $999 includes all instructional materials and qualification testing…. ‘Fluxcore Metal Arc Welding’ (FCAW) includes both classroom and hands-on lab training for two welding positions, vertical and overhead.”

Welding Education

Southeastern Louisiana University Adds Welding Inspection Program
“A $1 million contribution will help Southeastern Louisiana University fund a new academic concentration in welding inspection and supervision, a move the Hammond-based university said will help fill a niche and attract new students to its Industrial Technology program.

Performance Contractors, a Baton Rouge industrial construction, management and fabrication company that is putting up the $1 million, will partner with the university to create the new classes.”

Students Prepare for Welding Careers
“Several students from Maplewood Career Center recently passed their state certifications in welding with the help of instructor Britt Palmer.

In November, students Zach Sanor (junior) and Logan Spence (senior) passed their SMAW 3G 1″ plate using E7018; and students Isaac Foster (senior), Sylvester Smith IV (senior) and Bill Mathis (senior) passed their GTAW 3G 3/8″ plate using ER70S-6. In January, seniors Chuck Merritt and Jaycob Quay, and junior Carl Hahn passed their SMAW 3G 1″ plate using E7018.”

Welding Jobs

Federal Grant Helps Students Prepare for Welding Careers
“Thanks to some federal funding, Clearwater Valley High School’s agricultural program is now a little bit richer. In machinery, anyway. The CVHS agricultural ed program recently received the Carl Perkins Federal Grant for the 2017-18 year and with that money was able to purchase six new DialArc 250 ac/dc welders, eight regulators, 11 hoses, nine torches, 18 tips, and 12 electrode holders.

‘The equipment will allow the students to learn and develop skills necessary to meet industry standards,” explained agricultural science teacher Kirk Summers. ‘The equipment is the current use of the industry at this time. All of the new welding equipment meets the highest safety standards and thus will allow students to learn and work according to the safety standards of the industries.’”

Welding Events

International Brazing and Soldering Conference (IBSC) 2018
Apr 15, 2018 – Apr 18, 2018

“The IBSC remains the premier event for the brazing and soldering community. For years, the IBSC has provided professionals, scientists and engineers involved in the research, development and application of brazing and soldering, a unique networking and idea-exchange forum.”

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Ed C.


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