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Growing Welding Industry in Buffalo NY

Growing Welding Industry in Buffalo NY

Buffalo, NY has taken its first steps toward supplying additional welders for the growing welding industry that expects more than 17,000 job openings related to welding or similar fields. A $3.2 million Buffalo Billion initiative aims to connect students at Alfred State College and other area schools with the training they’ll need in the growing local economy.

Students are also able to take classes in the school’s  Burgard High Machine Tool Lab, Welding Lab, and Auto Lab, as well as pursue hands-on training alongside industry professionals. Students will also be able to pursue additional training at SUNY after graduation.

Welding Education

Female Welders Hope to Change the Industry
“A pair of female students at Texas State Technical College students want to get the word out about women and welding. April Abitago-Thompson and Sara Rivera are currently the only two women enrolled in welding technology at TSTC in Fort Bend County.

‘When I saw the campus being built while driving down the expressway I told my husband, ‘I’m going to enroll there,'” said Thompson. ‘I had no fear, I knew welding was what I wanted to do.’”

Grant Helps Pay for Welding Students
“The Newport branch of Spokane Community College will offer a welding and fabrication certificate beginning in January, with room for 20 students in each graduating class. An SCC news release said the one-year program will take place in the welding and fabrication lab at Newport High School and will be taught by one of the high school’s instructors.

All courses in the program will be taught in the evening to accommodate students who work or have family obligations during the day. Students will benefit from a $49,152 rural business development grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which will help cover the costs of childcare, gas, tools, safety equipment and other needs separate from tuition.”


Welding Industry

Lincoln Electric Completes Purchase of Subsidiary
“Air Liquide has completed the sale of Air Liquide Welding, its subsidiary specialised in the manufacture of welding and cutting technologies, to Lincoln Electric France SAS, a subsidiary of Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc.”

Welding Jobs

Welding Students Plan Engineering Careers
“Chippewa Valley Technical College actively markets to potential students the idea to “start here, go there” as a way to make CVTC part of the process of earning a higher degree. McKayla Olson, who graduated from the welding fabrication program at the summer commencement Aug. 3 took that message to heart.

Olson, a 2015 Fall Creek High School graduate, started at CVTC and the ‘there’ she plans to go to is Ohio State University, where she’s been accepted into the welding engineering program.”

Students Tour Altec for Career Options
“Surry Community College’s Lead Welding Instructor Michael Dixon recently led his WLD 122: GMAW (MIG) Plate/Pipe class outside the walls of the classroom to tour Altec Inc.’s Creedmoor Operations office for an inside look at one of the many employment avenues available for welders.

Agriculture Provides Career Options for Welders
“Supportive service for the farming community requires job skills being available and some are taught by a network of vocational training outlets with classes in Madera, Merced, Winton and Modesto.

The Central Valley Opportunity Center is an educational institute dedicated to supplying valley growers with a skilled and vital workforce. This is a non-profit charitable foundation under the State of California 501(c)3. Tuition is funded by state and federal grants, with additional support from the Workforce Assistance Center and the Employment Development Department.”

High School Partners with Local Industry
“As construction begins at Ella T. Grasso Technical High School in Groton, students won’t just see a new school, but a new program: Welding and Metal Fabrication. The curriculum was developed in collaboration with nearby Electric Boat.”

Welding Events

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.

Welding Gone Wrong

Welding Shop Fire Consumes Home
“According to Rural Metro Fire, fire crews arrived to a fully engulfed shop that had spread into the attic of the main home and advanced to a nearby RV, car and surrounding wildland. Firefighters say, the home was not a total loss and all residents made it out safely, but a few dogs did not.”

Ed C.


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