Weekly Welding Roundup–Welding News

Xcel Strategies is hosting its 2nd annual Xcel Welding Competition at Hutchinson Island by Savannah, Georgia. The event aims to connect men, 15 to 25 years old with welding careers and to highlight the strength of local businesses, trade schools, and welding opportunities in the Savannah region.

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Xcel is a nonprofit that mentors and trains men who are at risk, abused, neglected, or fatherless, ensuring that they have marketable job skills. By partnering with local companies and giving men real world welding experience for the competition, Xcel makes important connections that may not otherwise be available for them.

Jay Thompson, the founder and CEO of Xcel, shared, “We partner with the courts, schools, churches, other nonprofits and businesses to help young men develop life skills, achieve their goals and get jobs…Welding is one of our fields that we focus on.”

Welding Jobs

Jobs Are Waiting for Welding Students
“Unlike the majority of his fellow 2018 Bomber graduates, Mountain Home resident Payton Porter is nearly done with school, his final exams and will be out in the working world before too long. His starting salary will be in the low six figures, which is pretty impressive for an 18-year-old, non-college graduate.

As a senior at Mountain Home High School, Porter took concurrent credit courses at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home in arc welding and tungsten inert gas welding, or TIG.”

Welding Student Already Has a Job Lined Up
“Brayton Davis is a senior at Potterville High School and welding runs in his blood. He said his dad was a pipefitter and he grew up with a welder at home. One day he fired it up and really enjoyed it. He is just months away from graduating high school and he feels ready to enter the adult work world full time thanks to an innovative partnership.”

Welding Schools and Education

Virginia College Unveils 17 Million Welding Wing

“Welding students at Danville Community College now have a new place to learn. The ribbon was cut Tuesday for the college’s welding building. The college also celebrated the completion of a yearlong effort to modernize the engineering and industrial technology building.”

Georgia Student Will Compete in Welding Competition

“Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) alumnus Ryan Fincher of Cedartown is one of six finalists selected for the American Welding Society (AWS) U.S. Invitational Weld Trials – part of a four stage process to select the SkillsUSA World Team Welder to represent the nation at the 2019 WorldSkills Completion.”

Kansas Students Learn About Welding Program
“Students at the Miami County campus of Fort Scott Community College are trading in traditional textbooks and notepads for welding torches and power tools.

Two new career-focused programs — construction trades and welding — are highlighting the college’s new emphasis on trade skills, and several Miami County high school students are already taking advantage of the classes, which began Aug. 20 in newly renovated facilities.”

Girls Learn about Welding Careers
“Women who work in nontraditional roles – welder, firefighter, engineer and many others – talked to the girls about their jobs and educational backgrounds during the first half of the annual N.E.W. (Nontraditional Employment for Women) Opportunities Workshop.

During the second half of the day, the girls were able to try their hands at different skills, including welding, construction and automotive technology.”

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

Vancouver Area Fire Blamed on Welding
“An explosive building and equipment fire north of Walnut Grove (near 208th Street and 102b Avenue) this afternoon may have been started by welding equipment. Langley Township Fire Deputy Chief Bruce Ferguson says it took about 20 fire fighters to put it out.”

School Roof Damaged by Fire from Welding
“Some on-going construction work likely led to a fire at a Vincennes elementary school… The Vincennes City School Corporation said workers were welding on the roof late Wednesday afternoon.”

Welding Supplies on Sale

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