Reading journals and newsletters keeps you current on new developments relevant to your welding career. You can gain practical information that you can use in your real-life working experience. You can learn about anticipated changes in the industry, what is going on in the national and international welding community and you may even find new career opportunities in the advertising sections. While there are many to choose from, here is a selection of four helpful welding publications:
1) Practical Welding Today
Practical Welding Today is a bimonthly journal with free subscriptions for those who qualify as welders and live in North America. It helps you stay updated in your welding career by focusing on five specific areas:
- Systems and equipment
- Cutting and welding preparation
- Welding inspection
It also covers real-world stories about applications, as well as practical information and advice for welders. For example, topics in the January/February 2015 issue range from topics on welding tools, like how to choose a helmet, to why it is so difficult to weld anodized aluminum. Each publication also has a feature dedicated to a particularly remarkable welder.
2) The Welding Journal
Published by the American Welding Society (AWS), the Welding Journal dates back to 1922. It is a monthly publication, and a subscription is included as a benefit to membership in the AWS. It provides an excellent resource for enhancing your welding career. Its articles are designed to provide reports of every new technological development.
According to AWS, reading this journal will keep you informed “on the latest products, trends, technology and events via in-depth articles, full-color photos and illustrations, and timely, cost-saving advice.” A few of this publication’s major topics include:
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- Testing and inspection
- Maintenance and repair
- Personal safety
- Brazing and soldering
3) Welding in the World
Welding in the World is an international journal published by the International Institute of Welding (IIW). The journal is published six times a year and is available in print or online. It covers all topics related to welding, including cutting and soldering, brazing, thermal spraying and any subject related to fabrication techniques. The IIW has members from 56 countries representing five continents. The editorial board for the journal consists of representatives from around the world.
Welding students and welders will find research papers explaining the latest developments in welding. This includes technical reports that examine the environmental aspects of welding, among other developments related to metallurgy and quality assessment. Also included are guidelines for safety issues like corrosion and fatigue testing.
4) Welding Design and Fabrication Insider
Welding Design and Fabrication Insider is an online biweekly newsletter that brings you the latest welding and fabrication news. This newsletter helps you find out about seminars and continuing education courses. The publisher also sponsors an online forum where welders can discuss problems and solutions to their real-life welding problems with their peers.