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Theatre Set Builders Need Welders

You can find welding just about everywhere you look, not just in fabrication shops. If theaters want to build larger, elaborate sets, they’re going to need welders to fabricate the metal joints together, and that’s where Bryn Mawr College theater major Samantha Wall, 17, comes in. She first picked up welding while on a theater group internship in Hartford, CT.

Director of Science Services Richard Willard at Bryan Mawr College now provides lessons for Wall in the school’s machine shop where a few students pick up welding tips from time to time while working on engineering projects.

Here’s a look at some other places where you can find welding this week:

Welding Industry

Automated Jobs Are the Future
Speaker after speaker at the Anderson, Oconee and Pickens Business and Education Forum II told attendees at Clemson University’s Madren Conference Center that manufacturers want students well-versed in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects and ready for increasingly automated workplaces.

Tri-County Technical College gets a lot of attention for its mechatronics, welding and other manufacturing training programs, but local school districts are preparing students even earlier. Educators from all three counties talked up the career centers in their home districts, and students discussed how they’re preparing for good-paying careers working with advanced electronics and robotics on clean shop floors.

Welding Jobs

Internship Improves Young Welder’s Skills
Wyatt Ruhland is getting a jump start on his welding career. The Baraboo High School senior works each afternoon at Synergy Metalworks LLC, improving his skills as part of a Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Youth Apprenticeship Program.

Ruland said he wanted to be a part of the program because he had an interest in welding and fabrication.I started welding in school and I liked it, he said. He made a metal stool as part of a class and became interested in the process.Just welding it together caught my interest, just making something from nothing, he said.

Welding Education

Louisiana Welding Class Has Open Seats
There’s still time to register for 10-week welding courses at SLCC’s Gulf Area Campus that’s starting soon.

This 10-week course is for anyone interested in learning to weld or anyone looking for a refresher course. The appropriate level of welding will be offered according to the student’s skill level. Classes will be from 5 a.m to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, starting March 14 and concluding May 25.

Florida Welding Students Compete Against Veterans
When Ray High School senior Abraham Espinoza was asked to go up against veteran welders for a national competition, he shelved the notion of mismatched rivalries and grew eager to experience his first plane ride. It’s really exciting for me, the 18-year-old Craft Training Center of the Coastal Bend student said. I feel honored to be picked to go.

Espinoza, a CCISD student, and West Oso High School senior John Valdez, were chosen from a pool of about 300 Craft Training Center students to compete in the Associated Builders and Contractors’ annual National Craft Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

American River College Hopes to Fill Welding Job Gap
To help attract and train more welding professionals, American River College on Saturday promoted its technical education programs.

According to the American Welding Society and the college, the country will need more than 374,000 welders by 2024. The society co-hosted Saturday’s event, offering virtual reality welding experiences and hands-on demonstrations. Local companies set up booths to offer information and job applications for students and graduates.

Welding Events

FABTECH-Canada
FABTECH Canada will take place at the Toronto Congress Centre, March 22-24, 2016. The event is co-sponsored by SME, the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the American Welding Society (AWS), the Precision Metal-forming Association (PMA), and Chemical Coaters Association International. Companies specializing in fabricating, metal forming, welding, and finishing will have the opportunity to network, improve productivity, increase profits and discover innovative ways to expand in today’s competitive business environment.

9th International Seminar & Conference on Advances in Resistance Welding
Apr 12, 2016 – Apr 15, 2016, Miami, FL
AWS, RWMA, and Swantec have joined forces to bring this Seminar and Conference on Resistance Welding. Industry experts from leading institutes and companies in the ­field of resistance welding will give a comprehensive overview on the latest in materials, welding equipment, innovations and industrial applications. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to network with the leaders in resistance welding.

Welding Gone Wrong

Welding Causes Fire on Downtown Building
Careless welding sparked a blaze Tuesday afternoon on the roof of the historic Pioneer Endicott Buildings in downtown St. Paul, according to the Fire Department. The blaze began in a large elevator equipment room atop the 16-story Pioneer Building, which is part of the Pioneer Endicott complex, according to St. Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard and Mike Zipko, a representative for the buildings. Apartment residents on the 16th floor were evacuated, according to the Fire Department and Zipko.

Welding Gas Explodes in Kansas
Welding gas bottles were exploding making it difficult to get close. Truck-mounted nozzles were used to cool the bottles allowing crews to extinguish the truck.