A two-man welding shop in Minnesota has fabricated materials for small companies and some of the largest businesses in the state. Jay Netter and Ron Schackmann have established a reputation for handling a large workload and meeting their deadlines after 24 years of business.
Their shop has handled everything from nuclear power plant parts to stairways and railings to portable welding projects. Netter credits three years of welding training in high school and then his time at St. Cloud Technical & Community College with giving him an introduction to the field of welding and setting him up for success.
New Welding Technique Developed at Rice University
“A study conducted by a team of researchers at Rice University claims that graphene flakes welded together into solid materials could be suitable for bone implants. Rice lab materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan and colleagues in Texas, India, and Brazil welded graphene oxide flakes into porous solids using spark plasma sintering, which compare favorably with the biocompatibility and mechanical properties of titanium – a regular bone-replacement material.”
First Welding Class Sparks Student’s Career
“Trent Wollenburg’s high school experience was very similar to that of a lot of kids. He attended classes, hung out with friends, did homework. And in the midst of it all, like most high school students, Wollenburg attempted to figure out his post-secondary plans… As a sophomore at Browerville High School, Wollenburg enrolled in his first welding class. That class sparked a passion that lead Wollenburg on the fast track to one of the more in-demand careers in Central Minnesota.”
Students Look to Welding Careers
“Students are fired up about a brand new elective at Saraland High School. The high school now has a welding program. Students are learning welding during school hours, and can earn a certification by the end of two years. Students like Jacob Smith say they are considering welding as a career. ‘I was going to be a police officer or go into the military. Now I want to be a welder. There is money in it. It is a good career to have.’”
Students at Pitt Community College Fabricate Trash Cans for School
“Pitt Community College is aging gracefully, thanks, at least in part, to the handiwork of some skilled Welding Technology students… For the past year and a half, students under the direction of PCC Welding Department Chairman Keith Kinlaw have been designing and fabricating the new trash cans. Made mostly of flat bar steel and black in color, each 35-gallon can weighs approximately 30 pounds. Kinlaw said his students produced as many as 40 new receptacles a semester and have built a total of 103 for PCC’s main campus in Winterville.”
Tech School in Virginia Earns Accreditation
“For the first time, a high school welding program in Virginia has earned the nationally recognized American Welding Society accreditation. Governor Terry McAuliffe announced on Friday that Botetourt Technical Education Center is now one of 18 other high schools in the country to have the accreditation.”
Nov 16, 2016 – Nov 18, 2016, Las Vegas, Nevada
FABTECH brings a wealth of innovation and technology solutions to Las Vegas, NV – November 16-18, 2016. More than 40,000 attendees and over 1,500 exhibiting companies are expected to gather once again celebrating metal manufacturing at its best. The event also provides learning opportunities beyond the show floor with over 100 educational sessions and expert-led presentations covering the latest trends and technology in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industries.
Welding Gone Wrong
Welding Causes Fire at Mall
“The Oakville Fire Department says no one was injured after fire broke out at the Oakvile Place shopping mall earlier this morning (Tuesday)… Deputy Fire Chief George Birtig said the fire started at the building’s south side when sparks from welding, which was taking place on the roof in an area undergoing renovations, dropped down into a storage area on the second floor and ignited some products there.”
Construction Work Leads to Small Welding Fire
“A welder sparked a fire Tuesday at a Jackson middle school. Smoke was seen at about 7 a.m. coming from Northwest Middle School. Students remained on the buses as fire crews worked on the roof of the school. They were later taken to Powell Academy, but returned to Northwest later in the day.”
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