Weekly Welding Roundup–Welding News

If you love welding and you like the idea of earning $100 an hour doing it, then there are opportunities for you in Texas and California to find welding jobs right now. What’s the catch? You need to weld underwater in scuba gear.

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Underwater welding is in high demand, and Commercial Divers International Underwater Welding School in Goodyear, AZ is currently accepting students through October 23rd. The school operates at Lake Pleasant and prepares welders for a variety of underwater scenarios.

From oil rigs to underwater piping, city plumbing and sewage issues, and underwater fiber optic cables, divers will have plenty of welding work in the years to come in this career.

Welding Industry

Indiana Welding Lab Expands to Train More Students
“Ivy Tech Columbus and Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing (TIEM) unveiled a new opportunity for manufacturing students recently. The new Toyota Industrial Equipment Welding Lab opened its doors on Tuesday thanks to a $350,000 donation from the company.”

Welding Education

Welding Student Prepares for Skills Competition
“Wallace State welding student Jacob Humphrey knows what it takes to be a state SkillsUSA champion. He’s now attempting to be among the top six students in the United States to qualify for the American Welding Society/SkillsUSA world competition.

Since enrolling at Wallace State during the summer semester, Humphrey, has devoted a myriad of hours each day to the competition, completing a variety of welds at different checkpoints.”

Welding Student Says It Clears His Mind
“Izack Marler is in his third year in the welding program at the Mayfield-Graves County Area Technological Center, and it means more to him than fusing two pieces of metal together.

‘It’s a fun thing to be doing,’ he said. ‘It kind of clears your mind from everything. I’m a hands-on kind of guy.’”

High School Student Wins Welding Award
“She came up with an idea: She’d meld her artistic talent with the welding skills she was trying to hone to make an octopus-shaped lamp. Her creation, “Octolampus,” recently won the bronze award in the sculpture category of the national James F. Lincoln Foundation Welding Awards Competition.

Beason’s creation was made during a six-week independent study class she took in the spring of her sophomore year. She wanted to build on the skills she learned in artistic metalsmithing and introduction to metals courses.”

Welding Jobs

Iowa Governor Tries Out Welding
“Reynolds was shown the ropes Tuesday by welder Russ Dunkin at Flint Cliffs Manufacturing in Burlington. The governor took a tour of the 110-year-old plant following her stop at the Comfort Inn and Suites for a Future Ready Iowa summit.

The workforce challenges faced at Flint Cliffs, a 147,000 square-foot metal fabrication facility, tie-in directly to Reynolds’ Future Ready Iowa initiative. Launched during the 2018 session of the Iowa Legislature, Future Ready Iowa aims to get 70 percent of the state’s workforce in higher education or technical training beyond high school by 2025.”

Welding Events

FABTECH
Nov 6, 2018 – Nov 8, 2018

North America’s largest metal forming,  fabricating, welding and finishing event heads to Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA – November 6-8, 2018. The upcoming event is expected to cover more than 625,000 net square feet and anticipates over 35,000 attendees and 1,500 exhibiting companies. FABTECH provides a convenient ‘one stop shop’ venue where you can meet with world-class suppliers, see the latest industry products and developments, and find the tools to  improve productivity, increase profits and discover new solutions to all of your metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing needs.

Welding Gone Wrong

Torch Causes Explosion in Minnesota
“The Minneapolis Fire Department said an explosion at a commercial building in Minneapolis Thursday occurred when a pipe welding torch ignited and aluminum dust and water mixture. Fire crews responded to an explosion at Metal-Matic at 629 Second Street Southeast around 2:45 p.m. Thursday.”

Welding Causes South Dakota Garage Fire
“The fire spread from the two-story garage, which contained about nine rental spaces, to two vehicles nearby. No one was was hurt in the fire, which fire officials determined was caused by welding work that ignited material in the garage.”

Welding Supplies on Sale

Baker’s Gas and Welding has the best prices on Miller welders with its Baker’s Bucks promotions that offer cash back on select purchases, while ESAB’s latest Rebel welders are marked down along with Sentinel Welding Helmets. If you’re looking for a plasma cutter, Hypertherm’s consumable kits are currently half off with most plasma cutter purchases.

Get welding supplies and welders on sale at Baker’s

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