This week’s welding roundup has a pile of articles on welding jobs and welding education opportunities. It seems that the word is getting around that careers in welding are a viable option for many with high demand and excellent salaries. However, no two paths to a career in welding are the same. Take Steve Darnell of Welder Up for instance.
Darnell launched his company by repairing heavy machinery and farm equipment. When he started mashing up cars and trucks to build “rat rods,” people started to pay attention. Soon, he was being featured in industry magazines and then the Discovery Channel gave him his own reality show. He’s about to begin filming his third season of the show.
Explanation of the Laser Welding Process
“Welding is said to be more art than science. In part, this is a nod to the vital, skilled work that welders perform. It’s also recognition of the fact that the physics of the process is really, really difficult to understand.”
High School and Community College Partner on Welding Program
“The program is being done in partnership between Catawba County Schools and Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC). ‘This is a story about partnership,’ Bunker Hill High Principal Jeffrey Isenhour said during the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Bunker Hill High students who complete the program will earn credits both towards their high school diploma and a college level CVCC welding certificate with 18 college credits”
Mohave Community College Wins Awards at Fabtech
“The Mohave Community College student welding team won the People’s Choice Award in the Welders Without Borders, Welding Thunder Competition in Las Vegas last week.
According to MCC spokesman James Jarman, the 10-person team and instructors includes mostly welding students from Kingman who are part of the welding technology program at MCC Neal Campus – Kingman. In addition to the People’s Choice Award, the MCC team grabbed an overall third place finish in a field of 16 competitors from across the western United States.”
Welding Students Make Donations to Auction
“Chad Hittel, 21, has to step up his A game. Since he graduated in 2014 from the pre-employment welding certificate program at Great Plains College (GPC), Hittel always donates a piece of metal art to the program’s annual fundraising auction. In the past, he has crafted a park bench out of a truck tailgate and made a Team Canada coffee table.”
Welding Instructor Discusses the Trade and Character
“Jim Weber, machine shop teacher at Capital High School in Helena, wants to prepare students for the real world of modern manufacturing. His two-year welding and machining program includes cutting-edge equipment, field trips, internship opportunities and recruiting networks. But it also incorporates formalized curriculum intended to instill a strong work ethic. Weber says this ethic isn’t just hard work. It includes integrity, honesty and character.”
Promise of Jobs Prompted Welding Scholarship Winner
“Welding@SVHEC student Stacy Morris has been awarded the Build Your Future scholarship from the national Trimmer Construction Education Foundation. Morris is only one of 10 to receive this year’s Trimmer Construction Education Foundation’s scholarship. Morris and the other scholarship recipients will be featured in the December issue of ABC’s Construction Executive Magazine.”
Non-Traditional Employment for Women Program Offers Welding Classes
“Delta College hosted the program for female students from high schools in Stockton, Linden, Tracy and Calaveras County as an opportunity to learn about the vast Career Technical Education programs that are available to study. Girls spent much of Friday with faculty in programs such as automotive, engineering and robotics to work hands-on in shops, as well as get ideas for possible career choices.”
New Faculty Member Has Nationwide Reputation
Bruce Mulligan’s knack for art and welding has followed him from France to Clackamas Community College. He has been teaching since 1994, and began at the college this fall. Mulligan has also been a member of Amorphic Robot Works since 1994. ARW is a company that designs large scale kinetic art. When he first started working with the company, he was a volunteer.
Welding Gone Wrong
Worker’s Death Investigated
“Federal officials have confirmed that they are investigating Monday’s explosion and fire that killed one worker and shut down two huge pipelines that fuel metro Atlanta and much of the east coast.”
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