Industry News

The State of Women in the Welding Industry in 2018

Welding is considered a boy’s club, right? Yes, but it’s not necessarily true. While it might be a male-dominated industry, the reality is that women have been pushing their way through welding for many years now. In fact, 2018 might be the perfect time for women interested in skilled trades to pursue a career in […]

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Welding Conferences Fall 2017 & 2018

Conferences are where members of the industry come together to discuss trends, exhibit new products and innovations, and provide educational seminars on specialized topics. 1 Welding conferences can be a great opportunity to keep welding knowledge and skills current as well as to network with fellow welding professionals in the field. Here are some of […]

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Industry Trade Publications for Electricians

Trade publications are ideal for keeping up to date with trends, developments, and news in the electrical industry. If you are enrolled in an electrician training program, the following magazines can be a helpful resource for you: Electrical Construction & Maintenance Electrical Construction & Maintenance (EC&M) magazine is a monthly publication covering the electrical, construction, […]

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U.S. and World Welding Competitions

If you’ve ever participated in a competition, then you’ve probably felt the excitement and pride of displaying your hard-earned skills and being rewarded for them. If you are in or thinking about pursuing welding training, you might be interested in entering statewide, national, and even international welding competitions. WorldSkills Welding Competition What Is WorldSkills? WorldSkills […]

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4 Welding Competitions to Spotlight Welders

If you are confident in your abilities as a welder and are looking to show them off, consider signing up for one or more of the many annual welding competitions held throughout the country. These events add a competitive element to the world of welding, allowing you to win scholarships, prize money, and of course, […]

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Welders Needed to Improve Safety of American Railroads and Oil Tank Cars

A surge in shipping crude oil by rail has unfortunately resulted in derailments. Accidents involving oil tank cars have become a growing problem in the U.S. and Canada. This disturbing trend has propelled the issue of faulty railroads and oil tank cars into the national spotlight, and both countries’ leading officials have taken notice, enacting […]

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The Helium Shortage and Welding

Helium is widely used as a welding shielding gas because it has good thermal conductivity, delivers broader and shallower application penetration pattern during the welding process, and improves wetting of the weld bead. However, with the looming helium shortage, the welding industry is facing some challenges. High demand coupled with limited supplies of helium have […]

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OSHA Budget Cuts & The Importance of Safety Training

“No one should have to sacrifice their life for their livelihood…” -Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez Every year, more than three million workers are seriously injured and thousands more are killed on the job—and these numbers were once much higher, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Prior to the establishment of […]

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Zero-Carbon AC: Who Will Benefit?

If you’re a brick-and-mortar store in one of the northernmost states, you may not need as much cooling as say, those in the desert or tropical climates, who can burn through energy (including refrigeration and cooling systems) as if it’s going out of style. A new technology called zero-carbon air conditioning was just released that […]

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Shale Boom in the Gulf Coast: Welders Desperately Needed

The executive vice-president of Bechtel Corp, the largest construction contractor in the U.S., has advice to those who are wondering what career to pursue. He says simply, “Learn to weld.” The recent shale boom on the Gulf Coast has created an inordinate demand for welders and other craft workers. The concern of contractors is that there will […]

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