Women in Welding – Meet Jacqueline Santiesteban

Jackie was a carpenter. She had her own framing company, but in 2005 the framing business took a turn for the worse, and she was out of work for several years. Someone offered her a job as a fire watcher in Kansas which is where she was first introduced to welding. “The guys on the […]

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Is There a Skills Labor Gap?

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As the U.S. is slowly recovering from the recession caused by the 2008 economic crisis, the labor market is finally looking up for Americans seeking employment. Industries like construction or manufacturing have experienced growth in 2016. 1 Multiple articles have come out talking about skilled trades jobs going unfilled, and there is talk about a […]

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Women in Welding – Meet Leighza Jenison

Leighza graduated the Professional Welder program at Tulsa Welding School, Jacksonville campus, in January 2017. Before enrolling at welding school, Leighza had never picked up a welding torch. So how did she get into it? “A friend of mine is really into welding. It’s something he’d been doing for a while, and he’s really into […]

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Bizarre, Creative, and Unusual Scholarships

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Scholarships aren’t only for those with outstanding grades or athletic skills. There is an array of unique and unusual scholarships that give students the opportunity to hone in on their creativity. Similar to traditional scholarships, these weird scholarships have rules and requirements. It’s their criteria that set them apart! Read on to discover some of […]

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Skilled Trades Podcasts

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Wondering whether a skilled trades career is right for you? Thinking about becoming an electrician or a welder? Finished a welding training or electrical applications program and need help with your job search? Working in the skilled trades and have questions about tools or equipment? Looking for tips that could help on the job? There […]

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Women in Welding – Meet Katelyn Hester

Katelyn, from Branson, MO, graduated the Professional Welder with Pipefitting program at Tulsa Welding School, Jacksonville campus, in August 2016. Katelyn was in a bit of a rut before going to welding school; she needed a change. “I was stuck serving in the restaurant industry. I finally couldn’t do it anymore. I had to find […]

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Industries in Welding

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Would be welders who are getting ready to start welding school or currently attending want to know which industries are hiring. Following is a look at some industries where welding is needed. Salary and employment numbers are based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data from 2015 for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers. Architectural […]

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How Blacksmith Iron Working led to Welding

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The process of heating certain metals to form implements has been around for thousands of years. The introduction of metalworking changed as harder, stronger, sharper, and tougher tools made work easier and more productive. Today’s welders owe their craft to blacksmiths who forged metal tools using little more than heat and hammers. Early Iron Working The first […]

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Women in Welding – Meet Katryn Mullett

Katryn, 29, originally from New Hampshire, was working in a nursing home before she got a call from her brother that would change her life. “My brother was stationed here in Jacksonville. After he completed his time in the Navy, he decided to come to Tulsa Welding School. He called and told me that he […]

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5 States with the Highest Employment Levels for Welders

welding with sparks If you’re considering learning welding or have already begun taking welding classes, chances are you’re wondering where you’ll find work once you complete your training. Where are welders employed? The following gives an overview of the five states with the highest levels of employment for welding jobs. Salary and employment numbers are based on U.S. […] Read More