Weekly Welding Roundup–Welding News
High school student Sue Ellen M. Linn, 17, will be graduating from high school and a college-level welding program simultaneously. Linn took a series of dual credit high school classes that counted toward a college welding degree at Iowa Central.
Linn’s father attended school for automotive work, and he believes her classes have already given her expertise that is beyond his own. Her next step is to attend additional classes at Iowa Central for an Associates degree before seeking a job at the Union Pacific railroad. Linn has spoken with several female welders working on the railroad who have found it to be an ideal work environment.
Welding Competition Winners Guaranteed Jobs
“MJ&H Fabrication and Pioneer Technology Center have teamed up to start the First Annual Welding Competition, Weld for Work, on May 9 and 10. This competition will align newly graduated Pioneer Technology welders with employment opportunities.
Pioneer Technology students will compete in a two-day event testing their welding ability and fabrication skills. MJ&H has put together a unique set of skills testing for the students. The top three Weld for Work competitors are guaranteed full time welding positions at MJ&H Fabrication.”
Workforce Development Program Celebrates Graduates
“Certificates of completion were awarded Wednesday to the dedicated graduates of McCann Technical School’s evening welding course, part of a workforce development program to train for manufacturing skills.
‘This is a compressed course. You went through a lot of material in a very short period of time,’ metal fabrication instructor John Kline said. ‘You know how far you’ve come in the short seven weeks we had here.’”
Welding Offers New Work Opportunities after Lay Off
“Jacob Hotson spent 17 years working at a stone quarry before he was laid off in January. While collecting unemployment, he came across a welding program at the BerkshireWorks Career Center that ‘very much caught my eye.’
On Wednesday, the Otis resident was one of 11 men ranging in age from 20 to 40 who gathered at McCann Technical School to receive certificates signifying them as graduates of the Berkshire Advanced Manufacturing Grant’s welding program. All of the training took place at McCann.”
State Welding Champion Shares His Love for Welding
“State welding champion and Northeast Dubois High School senior Logan Jacob finds the craft of welding quite relaxing. ‘I think it’s just kind of peaceful to stand behind the hood and not have anybody messing with you,’ he said. ‘You can just kind of focus on what you’re doing.’”
Welding Students Take Home Competition Prize
“The success of Clinton High School’s welding department was put on full display recently at a regional competition at the Midwest Technical Institute in Moline, Illinois.
When instructor Ted Lamb brought a group of his welding students to the competition on April 21, expectations were wide ranging. When the sparks settled, however, two students in the group had earned some of the highest honors. CHS senior Slader Hoppe, who graduated at the end of the second trimester, took home the competition’s first-place honors, as well as a $500 check.”
10th Shipbuilding Conference
May 16, 2017 – May 17, 2017 | Portland, Oregon
The next AWS conference for shipbuilding is planned to include sessions on innovative pipe welding technologies, welding automation, new technology for welding both ferrous and non-ferrous materials and additive manufacturing. The presentations will include information on welding technology implemented in shipyards in the US and other international locations.
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
Ventilation and Safety Gear Essential for Welding Safely
“The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has updated its classification for welding fumes and UV radiation from welding to Group 1 carcinogens, the agency’s designation for agents that carry sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in humans.”
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