Weekly Roundup – News in the Welding World

Chew on bits about job opportunities, students in the welding field, new welding equipment, and more! Make sure to check out our first three news articles on falling profits and technological developments in the welding world.

Side Note: Welders may have the upper-hand in this recession, but Lincoln Electric sure doesn’t.

Lincoln Electric 3Q profit falls, tops views

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. said Friday that its profit plunged 82 percent in the third quarter, pulled down by some charges and lower North American sales. READ MORE

MintWeld to study metal fusion

Leicester University is spearheading a multi-million-pound project that could help engineers develop safer, more cost-effective welding processes. READ MORE

Jobs (The Good and The Bad):

Looking for a job?

Fisher Engineering is sending out a call that few businesses have sent in the past 18 months — a call for people to apply for jobs. READ MORE

Replenishing a welding shortfall

The city of Odessa, Texas, has firmly cemented itself as the headquarters of the vast petroleum industry in the Permian Basin, an area known for its rich stock of oil and natural gas. Welding jobs are abundant in this region because it is a necessary process in the daily operations of the oil and gas market. Here, the challenge does not lie in the absence of jobs; rather, in the lack of trained welders to fill open positions. READ MORE

Currahee Welding expands operation

Currahee Welding announced recently the development of a new operation, Currahee Waste Products, which will manufacture residential rear loaders. READ MORE

Former auto worker creates his own job security

The economy in crisis is causing more people to consider starting their own businesses.

We found one man who walked away from Chrysler to open his own automotive welding shop, and he discovered there’s a lot of helpful advice available to get started. READ MORE

Strike leads to welding business closing

The long strike at Vale Inco has led a long-standing business to shut its doors.

Don Marcoux, owner and operator of Donn-Marr Welding Supplies on Lorne Street for 31 years, say his business couldn’t survive the strike, which began July 13. READ MORE

Welding instructor: Jobs are scarce

Seth Slocum, a welding instructor at University of Montana-Helena College of Technology, says classes in his department ordinarily don’t fill up until a few days before the semester begins.

This fall brought a different story. READ MORE

Schools/Programs and Students:

Monroe County CC Wins Grant For Advanced Welding Training

Monroe County Community College has won a $1.7 million Community Based Job Training Grant from the United States Department of Labor for advanced welding training.  READ MORE

Students master welding

The machinery lining the concrete floors of the COT welding shop loomed with potential energy, even though most of the students had gone home for the day and the oily arms and mechanical rudders were still. READ MORE

BHS students earn welding honors

Two Burlington High School students won top honors in a national high school welding contest adding to the growing list of past national and regional welding winners from the school. READ MORE

Young welder nation’s best (with video)

When Hartland Township resident and 2007 state welding champion Joe Young placed fifth in the Las Vegas SkillsUSA welding tournament last fall, he thought his experience with welding competitions was over. READ MORE

Supplies & Tools:

ESI Announces the Welding Simulation Suite Version 2009

ESI Group (ISIN FR0004110310), pioneer and world-leading supplier of digital simulation software for prototyping and manufacturing processes, announced today the release of its Welding Simulation Suite version 2009, including Weld Planner and PAM-ASSEMBLY. Dedicated to all engineers who manage the welding assembly of large and complex welded designs, the main objective of the simulation suite is to significantly reduce time and cost to arrive at the bill of material and at a feasible process design. READ MORE

Ranger 225 Enclosed Case Welder Sparks to Life

The newest engine-driven welder from Lincoln is the Ranger 225 Enclosed Case Welder, a machine capable of 225 amps of welding power for stick, TIG, MIG and flux-core wire welding. In addition, the quiet enclosed Ranger can crank out 9,000 watts of standby electrical power (10.5 KW peak) behind a 23 horsepower Kohler V-twin gasoline engine. READ MORE

Welding Gone Wrong

Student wielding blow torch sets himself on fire, sues college

In a college course that teaches students to weld, student Paul Manley was attempting to maneuver the torch for the first time when it twisted and set his shirt on fire. READ MORE

Students burned in accident at Baldwin vo-tech center in Bay Minette

Two Baldwin County High students were injured in an accident Wednesday while working on an HVAC unit at the North Baldwin Center for Technology in Bay Minette, an education system official said today.

READ MORE

Man killed by electrocution in Orange Walk

A man is dead after  he was electrocuted   around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27th, while he was welding a boat near the New River in Shipyard Village, in the Orange Walk District.

Davide Schmidt, 37,  was  welding his  boat . . . READ MORE

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