Weekly Welding Roundup–Welding News

Larry Smith of Lancaster, OH got into welding while serving in the Air Force, and he soon found he could make a career of it. After working in a welding shop for six years, he opened up his business, Precise Welding, in 1976. Smith has semi-retired, but his loyal customers still hire him for large and small jobs.

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His welding career spans a wide variety of projects from personal fabrication to automotive parts to military work: aircrafts, aerospace, and missiles. Smith credits his success with aiming to make lifelong customers. At this point he doesn’t ever see himself ever wanting to retire from his lifelong trade.

Welding Industry

New Welding Procedure Could Eliminate Dry Docking

Traditional welding specifications used for the design and manufacture of FPUs (Floating Production Units) and oil rigs do not take into account the cooling effects of seawater. Whittaker Engineering’s procedure uses high-powered induction heating coils to maintain a preheat temperature whilst welding water-backed plate, mitigating the heat loss through a ship’s hull into the cold temperature of the sea. It was successfully deployed by EnQuest on the Northern Producer FPU during routine work.”

Michigan Lab Offers Promise to Laser Welding Operations

Offering solutions for remote laser welding with scan optics, laser welding expert Blackbird Robotics (Garching, Germany) part of the Scanlab group (Puchheim, Germany) has opened a facility in Sterling Heights, MI, that includes a well-equipped applications laboratory. This remote welding laboratory offers the growing US market additional services like user training, application support, and soon, local repairs.

Welding Education

Alabama Man Could Compete in Global Welding Competition
Drake State Community & Technical College is receiving national attention, that could grow into global interest, in the next year. Student Jonathan Smith receives lots of attention from his welding classmates Smith has several more steps before the student could compete in the World Welding Competition in Abu Dhabi in 2017. Smith already took the top spot at the National Competition in Louisville, Kentucky in June.

Illinois Valley Community College Offers New Welding Courses
The CPT [Certified Production Technician] has a 100 percent job placement rate and has been endorsed by 16 district employers as a preferred credential for hiring,’ said Jennifer Scheri, IVCC director of continuing education and business services.”

Missouri Junior College Offers Fall Welding Classes
Jones County Junior College will be offering a Welding Fabrication class for beginners at the Whitehead Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville.  The evening class will meet on Mondays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. starting on August 22, and ending on October 27.

The Welding Fabrication class for beginners is an eighty-hour classroom and hands-on, instructor-led course that teaches students basic welding skills.

Students Win Welding Scholarships

Joe DiMayo, Matt Doherty, Ben Miller, Olivia Prest and Chris Steves, all seniors in Eric Farrell’s Welding program at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center, were recently awarded scholarships in honor of Rick Hand, a former welding advisory committee member.

Hand was a longtime friend and former boss of Farrell, and his family donates money every year to welding students to further their career or buy equipment for them to use in the workforce.

Welding Jobs

Maryland Community College Graduates Find Welding Work

Zack Gibbs and Aaron Dugger found a career that is satisfying and pays well. The Maryland Community College welding graduates entered the workforce after receiving training through MCC’s welding programs. Both took classes while in high school and enrolling at the college.

Gibbs says he took a hobby that he did with his father and turned it into a career. I figured that if I did something I liked and made good money at it, then that would be a good career choice.

Welding Events

FABTECH
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

Smoke at Library Cased by Welding

A minor disturbance at a library was caused by welding at the facility but was quickly resolved.

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