Nearly forty years ago Frederick Sachs learned how to weld from a friend while growing up on a farm in New York state’s Hudson Valley. However, Sachs’ went on to become a Distinguished Professor of Physiology and Biophysics at SUNY Buffalo, and his welding interest had to be put on hold.
However, later in his career, Sachs took a few lessons in welding steel and found that welding proved to be an ideal hobby, providing a tactile mode of expression after spending his days working in labs and writing research grant proposals. Sachs has welded art with steel for 10 years and continues to create along the Lake Erie coast. So far his works have only been given as gifts to friends, but Sachs is quick to note that the immediacy of creating is its own reward.
This week’s welding roundup will look at another benefit of welding: a stable, life-long career.
Researchers at the Ohio State University Impulse Manufacturing Laboratory, lead by materials science professor Glenn Haehn, have developed a new welding system that uses a high-voltage capacitor bank to produce a very short electrical pulse within a thin piece of aluminum foil.
As the foil vaporizes, the resulting hot gas pushes the metal pieces together very rapidly, joining them without melting. The welded bond is made by impact, so there is no seam of weakened metal from melting. This new process is called VFA – vaporized foil actuator welding.
Roane State Community College received a $25,000 grant to develop classes in lightweight metal welding, a skill set needed by automotive manufacturers. The grant from the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology will be used to develop four courses: aluminum welding, robotic welding, non-destructive testing, and metallurgy. Grant funds will pay for costs related to course development, supplies, and outreach materials.
Military Trains Soldiers for Welding Careers
Specialist Tanya Preddy and Sergeant Alyssa Tamayo, prepare for careers that provide good jobs while breaking ground at the same time. Preddy and Tamayo just became the first women to graduate Fort Campbell’s Veterans in Piping program in Kentucky. Veterans in Piping is a program of the United Association.
Indiana College Offers 8-Week Summer Welding Course
Lincoln Trail College is offering a class this summer, for those wanting to learn the basics of welding. Whether you are looking to pick up a hobby or thinking about making a career out of it, this community welding class will teach you the fundamentals, along with other special projects done though out the course of the class.
In November, Scottie Smith will receive the national Howard E. Adkins Memorial Instructor Award from the American Welding Society. His father won the same award back in 1999.
The welding shop at Northwest Florida State College is the first classroom Dallas Montgomery has felt comfortable in. Channeling his restlessness into hot metal, he’s found success and accomplishment.
Students in the machine tool and welding class at Coloma High School have won yet another state competition. From May 11 to May 14, the kids showed off their welding skills at the Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society or, MITES Student Project Competition in Lansing, and for the fourth year in a row, they came back with top honors. Coloma Schools Career and Technology Education Director Cathy Haley says the students spent the whole school year designing and building an over-six-foot statue of a bear.
North Carolina School Hosts AWS Welding Competition
The American Welding Society Regional Welding Competition was hosted by Surry Community College on April 22, when welding students from all over the state competed to produce the best welds. During the one-day competition, participants used their skill sets to make welds using a number of different processes in the newly expanded welding lab at Surry Community College. Students followed a Welding Procedure Specification (WPS) to complete the weldments. SCC’s welding lab has 26 booths each equipped with various machines. Surry also has a Fanuc robot with the Lincoln Electric welding educational cell.
3rd Welding Education, Skills & Certification Conference
Aug 10 – 12, 2016, Houston, TX
The impending skills gap in manufacturing continues to be a hot-button topic. In it’s third year, the Welding Education, Skills & Certification Conference aims to address the welding industry piece of the puzzle. How do we ensure we’re doing our part to deliver new, skilled professionals into this booming sector? Attend this conference to gain new insights, share best practices, exchange ideas and be part of the solution.
Welding Gone Wrong
A fire that scorched about 20 acres Friday in Coto De Caza was started accidentally by welding-related equipment, authorities said Monday. The blaze broke out about 11:30 a.m. near a large home on Tortoise Shell, which sits on a cul-de-sac within the gated community, said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Larry Kurtz.
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