Weekly Welding Roundup–Welding News
Summer Carlson is still in high school, but she has already found her dream job, planning to forge a lifetime career in welding after working as the first woman at Exeter’s Horizontal Boring & Tunneling. Carlson has a passion for welding, completing a series of welding classes at her school and now splitting her time between welding and moving materials with heavy machinery.
Carlson spends her work days welding, grinding, and cutting metals, and she has no plans to find anything else. Such commitment to a stable career in welding is appealing to more women who are embracing the job opportunities available in manufacturing and fabrication businesses.
Welding Careers and Jobs
Prison Inmates Graduate with Welding Degrees
“Eight inmates at the Kewanee Life Skills Re-entry Center program graduated Tuesday, earning their welding certificates. It’s the program’s first ever welding program through Black Hawk College.”
Welder Putters around for Golf Pro
“The PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club is creating revenue and work for more companies than first thought. A Valley Park welding company says they’ve had a couple of business calls at the country club this week.
Dustin Hewkin, the third-generation owner of Valley Park Welding, is a modern-day Iron Man who enjoys fixing some irons, man; or, at least, some putters for PGA pro Bryson DeChambeau.
‘I was able to fuse weld all around the putter head so I didn’t have to add any material or weight to it so it all stayed the same,’ Hewkin said.”
Middle and High School Students Learn about Manufacturing Careers
A group of local middle and high school students got some hands on experience with welding, through a summer camp at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.
Through the Nuts, Bolt, and Thingamajig summer camp students are taken on tours at local manufacturing facilities to expose students to what kinds of jobs exist, what skills and training are required, and how those businesses developed.
Welding Classes Expanded at Surry Community College
“Surry Community College will have a number of welding classes starting starting later this month. Each focuses on different techniques and includes a class exclusively for women.”
Welding Program Raises Funds in Memory of Former Student
“Since its inaugural event five years ago, the Jeremy Brown Fun Shoot has raised about $18,000 for the Butler Community College Welding Department.
Started by Seth Kelly to honor his friend Jeremy Brown, the event was organized “to get people together for a good cause,” Kelly said.
Brown was a student in the BCC Welding program in 2003 and 2004. He enjoyed sport clay shooting. Brown passed away due to a ATV accident in 2012.”
Students Win 4-H Welding Awards
“Letart Machine sponsored awards for top 4-H welding projects to encourage interest in careers in the machinist trade. In first place, receiving $250 was Braxton Call, a member of Roadrunners 4-H. In second place, receiving $150 was Riley Springston, a member of the Leon Luckies. Mason County Commissioner Sam Nibert presented the winners with their checks.”
Over 100 Total Women Earn Welding Degrees in Prison
“Governor Eric Holcomb handed out certificates to women inmates at the Madison Correctional Facility. About 60 women graduated from different metalworking programs through Ivy Tech Community College. Friends and family of the inmates were there to celebrate alongside Ivy Tech representatives and local businesses.
Stacey Stultz has been in the Madison Correctional Facility for nearly a year, she graduated with her AWS certification Thursday. “I don’t love that they have to come see me at the prison,” Stultz said. “But I think it’s cool they can see what I’m actually doing and that I’m making the most of this time.”
Welding Gone Wrong
Oil and Tanks Ignited at Welding Business
“Emergency crews were called to a structure fire Monday at Marway Welding in Elkhart County.
The company is located in the 27000 block of County Road 50, north of Nappanee. Several fire departments responded… Initial reports said there was oil or hydraulic fluid on the ground and that it somehow ignited.”
News Navy Tubes Need Welding Repairs
“Less than a year after the U.S. Navy touted how purchasing missile tube assemblies in advance for its future Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines had helped trim the cost of the program, the service says it has uncovered faulty welds in those components that will need potentially costly and time-consuming fixes. The tubes are common to the Block V Virginia-class attack submarines and the U.K.’s Dreadnought-class ballistic missile boats, as well, and the issue could lead to delays in building all three types.”
Welding Supplies on Sale
Baker’s Gas and Welding continues to offer the Build with Blue promotion on Miller Electric welders, as well as steep discounts for name brand welders, welding helmets, and welding safety gear. By using the rebates and additional product offers during the Build with Blue promo, you can double or triple your savings on welders, welding gear, and welding supplies.