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Welding student Joseph Guidry, 21, graduated from Lamar Institute of Technology’s two-year welding certificate program, but Guidry isn’t your typical welding student: he’s deaf. Guidry worked alongside his sign language interpreter Mary Alexander, and two very patient instructors, Jason Bingham, and Alex Lewis.

Lewis and Bingham met with Guidry before and after class, learned a little bit of sign language, and even relayed instructions by typing them into their phones. However, everyone involved in the class noted that the instructors were just as demanding on Guidry as they were on other students. While Guidry is now on the job market, he won’t be able to work in most factories since he won’t be able to hear safety alarms, but there are plenty of other opportunities ahead of him in the welding job market that continue to offer new positions.

Welding Industry

Next Generation Spin Welder Announced
“A next-generation spin welder from Dukane, St. Charles, Ill., is an all-electric press system that uses two servomotors to provide precise control and accuracy for welding assemblies with circular weld joints. The servo controls enable this welder to provide high angular orientation and overall assembly height consistency. Servo Weld Plus with Melt-Match technology features a touch-enabled HMI with an intuitive menu structure to control and monitor welding.”

Welding Jobs

Tech School Provides Employees with New Welders
Welding has become a high-demand skill in Elkhart County and a new educational program aims to help generate a supply of workers to meet the need. Ivy Tech Community College will offer introductory MIG welding, advanced MIG welding and introduction to welding classes during the college’s spring semester beginning Jan. 17, according to a press release. The classes at Ivy Tech’s 22531 C.R. 18 campus will offer structural-level instruction and help students become certified in the MIG welding process.

Young Homeless Trained for New Welding Careers
“‘In five weeks, we take students from the various shelters in Birmingham and run them through a five-week program where they are here Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and they get training, short-term training, in welding and electrical,’ Hobbs explained. It’s already changing lives. Hobbs says about 100 have gone through the program.

Kimberly Meadows Clark, who is with the Firehouse Shelter, just one of the homeless shelters that benefits from the program, said the welding and electrical training is more important now than ever especially because her clients are starting out homeless now much younger.”

Welding Education

Texas High School Students Thrive as Welders
“The North Central Texas College Graham campus offers Dual Credit Welding courses for Graham High School students. The Fall 2016 semester marked the first dual credit class for welding on campus, with nine students. Welding Instructor Brian Hearn has more than 50 years of experience welding. Hearn has taught welding classes at NCTC for two years. He said he has seen a surprising amount of dedication from these high school students.”

Students Weld Snowflake Decorations
“‘Talk about a win-win situation,’ Mary Lynne Peters said of a Christmas decoration project done by students at the Crawford County Career and Technical Center….Peters is the co-coordinator of the Meadville Lions Club Holiday Lighting Project. This is Peters’ fifth year as a member of the Lions Club. She joined when she retired after teaching music for 34 years in the Crawford Central School District.”

Tech Instructor Wins AWS Award
“The Tennessee College of Applied Technology –Newbern (TCAT) is pleased to announce that welding instructor James Daniels was nominated and received the American Welding Society (AWS) 2016 Excellence in Welding Award- Veterans Category. Daniels received the AWS Award on Nov. 16, 2016 at the FABTECH Show held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The awards recognize individuals and organizations that have excelled in promoting the welding industry in their communities.”

Welding Events

Joining Advanced Materials for the Automotive Industry
Jan 23, 2017, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA
“As new and advance materials are being deployed in the manufacturing industries, welding and joining present a major challenge to US engineers and technicians involved in product design and manufacturing. The automotive industry is a prime example in applying these advanced but sometimes difficult to weld materials. As auto designs embrace the multi-materials vehicle body and new powertrain concepts joining of dissimilar materials becomes an important subject in terms of design, processes, efficiency and structural performance.”

Welding Gone Wrong

Student Wore Flammable PJs to Welding Class
“A teenager is recovering in the hospital after he was severely burned at school. He suffered burns on more than 70 percent of his body.”

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Ed C.


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