Weekly Welding Roundup—Welding News

Amanda Propper moved to North Dakota in search of a high
paying job in the oil fields
. While she had welded in her early 20’s, she
didn’t think she could handle that kind of work. She changed her mind when her
brother offered her a month-long welding job that would pay $10,000 for a

Propper took the job, and soon she had plenty of work in the oil fields to
keep her busy. Proppper soon met Chris Kamph, a hard-working electrician who
also moved out to North Dakota in search of work. Kamph and Propper were married
this month.

Image Source: Jamestown Sun

Welding brings good things together. Speaking of which, here’s the latest
welding news round up.


Welding Industry

Pennsylvania Shifts Toward Pipeline Work and Needs Welders:
“‘Such welding skills are critically important,’ said Penn State economist
Timothy Kelsey. ‘If it isn’t done properly, this is a huge safety issue. So it
is good that the industry is having people do the welding who know what they’re
doing, irrespective of where they live.’”

Welding Inspectors Prepare New Bay Bridge for September 3rd
: “While Caltrans and contractors scurry to prepare the new Bay
Bridge for opening on Sept. 3, state inspectors are also busy below decks,
painstakingly scanning 656 feet of welds at the base of the new span’s huge
tower using a procedure much like what a doctor uses to examine a baby in the
womb: An ultrasound machine, lubricating gel and a handheld transducer

Technicians are looking for cracks, bubbles, lack of fusion or other defects
in the 4-inch thick welded vertical joints between the base’s steel shear plates
and stiffeners, which keep the four tower legs aligned during a big earthquake.”

Welding Jobs

Union Training Center in Glens Falls, NY Ready for Welders:
“The new plumber’s union training center at Tech Meadows business park is just
about ready for its first class of apprentices. ‘Classes start in three weeks.
So we’re hustling,’ said Scott Martel, business manager of Local 773 of the
United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters.Apprentices will be trained at
the center in plumbing, welding, pipe-fitting, heating and air

Seattle Leads America in Job Growth: “The secret to Seattle’s
success is its mix of industries—a combination of technology, service and
manufacturing that have hired more readily than those other parts of the
country. Seattle has added factory jobs at a rate nearly four times as fast as
the rest of the U.S. in the past two years. Retail and construction jobs have
grown more than twice as fast.”

Welding Education

Petosky Welding Students Coached in New Job Skills: “Six local
students welded their way to job skills in Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School
District’s summer work program… after eight weeks of classroom and on-the-job

Welding Students Gain Experience with Sierra Pacific: “Shasta
College has expanded its cooperative program with local businesses by working
with Sierra Pacific Industries to train students in practical applications of
welding technology. Under the program, students in Shasta College’s Welding
Technology Program are constructing projects that will be put into use by SPI at
its local wood products facilities.”

Welding Events

Offers New Education Courses During Conference
: “Expanded education program
will be held alongside FABTECH, North American metal forming, fabricating,
welding, and finishing event, which will take place in Chicago, IL on November
18–21, 2013. Lineup will comprise 100+ educational sessions, including 64
courses never before offered at previous FABTECH events.”

16th Annual
Aluminum Conference:
September 4-5, 2013 in Chicago, IL

“A distinguished panel of aluminum-industry experts will survey the state of
the art in aluminum welding technology and practice.

The 16th Aluminum Welding Conference will also provide several opportunities
for you to network informally with speakers and other participants, and to visit
an exhibition showcasing products and services available to the aluminum welding

Welding Gone Wrong

Unsafe Welding Practices at Root of Black Elk Welding
: “A consultant’s report for a Texas-based company says a deadly
2012 explosion
on its Gulf of Mexico oil platform off the Louisiana coast
happened when workers for a subcontractor used unsafe welding practices.The
report was released Wednesday, the same day two injured workers and their
spouses filed a $180 million federal lawsuit in connection with the

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