Industry News

4 Construction Trends to Track in 2019

Are you considering enrolling in a welding program or electrician training to prepare for a career in the construction trades?[1] Maybe you’re already fusing the steel beams for new skyscrapers or wiring major commercial buildings.[2][3] In either case, wouldn’t you want to know about changes coming your way? High-tech gear improving safety on worksites, skilled […]

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America’s Skilled Trades Shortage: 2019 Update

Around the world, welding machines are left unmanned, electrical systems unwired and pipes disconnected. Why? Companies can’t find workers with the right skills. Forty-five percent of employers globally report struggling to fill skilled positions, indicates the latest Manpower “Solving the Talent Shortage Survey.” For the first time in the U.S., there are more job listings […]

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The State of Construction and Welding in California

Major construction projects usually mean lots of job opportunities for welders—jobs that involve cutting, joining and shaping metal parts needed for buildings and other structures. And it just so happens that California has many construction projects under way, which could be appealing for entry-level welders. In fact, only three other states in the country hired […]

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Construction Jobs Booming in Orlando, Florida

The Orlando construction industry has been booming for a few years now. For example, in 2016, Orlando saw a 40-percent growth in single-family housing construction compared to 2015.[1] Various big constructions projects planned in the Orlando area for this year and beyond, too. Orlando is a major tourist destination, so a lot of these new […]

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What Is OSHA, and How Does It Affect the Welding Industry?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed rules and regulations for workplace safety for virtually all industries and professions. Since welding can expose workers to some risky situations, such as sparks or fumes, it’s no wonder OSHA provides various safety guidelines for welders and other skilled trade workers in the welding industry to […]

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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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