A growing number of high school students in the Kansas City area are considering welding careers due to a significant demand for welders in their region. Manufacturers are making their needs known, and the Fort Osage Career and Technical Center has responded by offering welding students an opportunity to become certified while in high school.
One student shared that he hadn’t even considered what to do as a career until he learned about welding. “Right now, we’re just working on cutting metal with a torch,” he explained. “It’s hands on. I like the work. It’s fun.” The two-year program is open to seniors and juniors at the high school and is helping many prepare for an entry-level job in the welding field.
Welding Fume Standards Addressed
“Weld fume management has always been a concern for busy welding shops, but with new American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) recommendations being passed into law in many provinces a few years ago, the ability to meet strict manganese fume targets in particular has pushed shops to change their approach to fume management substantially.”
Lincoln Electric Adds New Training Site
“With an expanding educational portfolio, US-based welding equipment manufacturer Lincoln Electric has launched a new education website.
The new site provides students, educators, corporate trainers and design engineers with a common interface and access to welding education information and products.”
Laser Cutting and Welding Advancement Announced
“Tsugami Automation is introducing a Tsugami CNC Swiss Turn with laser welding capabilities. The SS207-5AX LaserSwiss is a 20mm, 7-axis CNC Swiss Lathe with two fully integrated SPI lasers, one for cutting and one for welding. The machine is the latest model in the company’s LaserSwiss product line, and the first to include a second laser head for welding.”
NASA Takes Step Forward with Welding
“NASA is another step closer to completing all main structures for the agency’s first launch of the Space Launch System (SLS), a behemoth booster designed to send astronauts on expeditions into deep space.”
Veterans Receive Welding Training Opportunities
“Chief will donate a MultiMig 522 MIG/MAG welder, an MI200T spot welder, a LaserLock LiveMapping system and two MultiMig 190 welders to each of the Changing Lanes programs near Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C., and Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.
Changing Lanes is the first program in the country to provide active-duty service members with training and employment opportunities in the collision repair industry prior to transitioning out of the U.S. Armed Forces…”
Michigan School Hosts Career Day, Including Welding Career
“Michigan Technological University students got hands-on experience with recruiters on Tuesday as CareerFest continues. Manufacturing Day featured 11 companies from robotics, construction, and design and advanced manufacturing industries. Students showed off their welding skills in front of recruiters.”
Welding Training Expanded in South Africa
“African Oxygen Limited (Afrox), sub-Saharan Africa’s leading industrial gases and welding company, has shown its commitment to assisting young South African’s to acquire welding skills and knowledge by opening the LIV Welding Academy at LIV Village. The custom container welding school was developed by Afrox, who is a member of The Linde Group, in partnership with LIV and the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW).”
High School’s Welding Simulator Gets Students Started Fast
“A new virtual welding simulator will give Fairmont High School students the opportunity to weld outside of the workshop.
‘It’s a virtual so kids don’t burn their eyes. They don’t need a welding helmet. They don’t need welding gloves,’ Robert Bonin, Fairmont High School Career and Technical Education Teacher says.”
Community College Adds Welding Program
“The Labette Community College Board of Trustees on Thursday approved implementation of a new program beginning the spring semester pursuant to approval of the Kansas Board of Regents. LCC will implement a welding program at the college in January as recommended by the Institutional Curriculum and Instruction Committee.
Board member Sophia Zetmeir questioned if the program is needed, and Rick Carpenter assured her there is a great demand locally and nationally for skilled welders capable of more than pipe welding. He said pay is exceptional for those who are knowledgeable of various types of welding.”
Nov 6, 2017 – Nov 9, 2017
North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event heads to McCormick Place in Chicago, IL – November 6-9, 2017. The upcoming event is expected to cover more than 725,000 net square feet and anticipates over 40,000 attendees and 1,700 exhibiting companies.
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