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Passion for Welding and Teaching

Passion for Welding and Teaching

Welding instructor Ryan Henderson runs a local welding shop, but the thing he loves more than welding itself is teaching others how to weld. Henderson especially enjoys a sculpture welding class at Tyler Junior College where students of all ages and backgrounds come together to create art together.

One mother-daughter welding duo find that they love the possibilities of welding. Within three classes the students were creating their own art pieces, cutting, tacking, and welding under the watchful eye of Henderson.

Welding Industry

NASA Completes Welding Repairs
“Early in May, workers discovered that the forward liquid oxygen tank dome had been damaged during welding, raising concerns the item would be useless for structural tests planned at Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama. However, engineers from NASA and prime contractor Boeing have now cleared the dome for use and completed repairs to the MAF’s specialized friction stir welding assembly.”

Welding Jobs

Women Find Opportunities in Welding Work
“Valerie Galvin bounced from job to job to job until she took up welding. Then the sparks flew. ‘The better I got at it, the more I wanted to do it,’ she tells CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez.

It’s all thanks to a program at the Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) that directs disadvantaged job-seekers to fill middle-skills gaps. ‘I think that women are not encouraged to think about manufacturing, but the fact is that there are a lot of good paying jobs with good career paths in manufacturing,’ JARC’s Guy Loudon says.”

Welding Demo HIghlights Job Opportunities
“Kim Rosenbaum has been a welding instructor at Twin Lakes for going on four years. She has been doing her women in welding class since last year, due to a grant that she received. Rosenbaum has been a welder for a total of 28 years, and she truly loves what she does.

‘So I invited teachers to help me promote the welding program to other females, to give them the opportunity to try other things besides your basic nursing and secretarial type positions. There’s a lot of money to be made in welding,’ Rosenbaum said. ‘I started with one class, and the next thing I knew, there was a bunch of other women that wanted to try it.’”

Welding Education

Adult Welding Course Offers Many Paths Forward
“Ten individuals recently completed the SVHEC’s first welding basics for the at home welder course. This hands-on, project-based class was designed with the home or farm owner in mind.

‘We wanted to offer a non-credential, hands-on training class to individuals in the community who wanted to learn a little bit more about welding, for their own personal use, without enrolling in a year-long training program. This six week training class was a great fit for everyone,’ said Scarlett Brandon, program/marketing coordinator for the SoVA Center of Manufacturing Excellence.”

Senator Henry Stern Visits Vocational College
“Following a business roundabout with the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation (SCVEDC), Stern and a tour group consisting of media and administrators jumped into golf carts to see the campus’s technical programs. Beginning with the Welding Technology Department, Stern was informed on the various programs and training methods COC offers in the trade. Along with trying his hand at a Lincoln Electric training simulator (receiving a passing score), Stern also discussed vocational programs and funding with the chair of the Welding Technology Department, Tim Baber.”

Inmates Complete Welder Training Course
“Ten of the inmates received two certifications of completion; 112 hours of Flux Cored Arc Welding and 112 hours of Shielded Metal Arc Welding. Two inmates received one certification of completion for the Shielded Metal Arc Welding class…

The program is one component of Second Chance Opportunities and Re-Entry Educational Programs, which has a goal of providing education for inmates in order to avoid returning to a life of crime. The Welding Program was developed with funds from the Inmate Commissary Fund and is at no cost to Fort Bend County taxpayers.”

New Jersey College Offers Free Welding Course
Brookdale and Ocean County community colleges are partnering for the third time this summer to offer free welding training for unemployed individuals beginning on July 10. Interested applicants must attend an info session held at Brookdale on July 5.

Successful graduates will earn a national welding certification and receive assistance in starting their career. Nearly all of Brookdale’s past graduates began work immediately after the program ended. Pictured above, Jesus Fonseca of Red Bank, practices his welding skills during the free training program last year.

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 Supplies on Sale

Whether you’re working on a summer welding project or you’re making plans to take a step forward in a full-time welding job, you can find the best prices on welding supplies, welding safety gear, and welding machines at Baker’s Gas and Welding. Visit Baker’s Gas and Welding to find the latest price promotions and discounts on name-brand welders such as ESAB, Miller Electric, and Lincoln Electric.


Ed C.


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