It seems every time I look at at headline that has “welding” in the title it’s about a welding school expanding their offerings–the predicted shortage of welders is here.
There are a lot of welding school options, from your local community college where the courses may be more affordable, to the more specialized training schools like Wyotech, Lincoln Electric’s Welding School, or Tulsa Welding School where you can learn pipe welding, automotive technology, shipfitting and sheet metal fabrication. (Check out the American Welding Society’s Welding School Locator to find a program near you.)
Once you’ve made the decision to go to school you’ll need to have some of your own gear. Most welding schools will most likely give you list of welding supplies, starting with welding safety.
Start with Welding Safety
Is your Air-Cooled TIG torch too hot to handle? It may be time to think about upgrading to a water-cooled system. You’ll be able to use water-cooled torches that run much cooler and allow you to access higher amperages. Think of all the welding possibilities!
Water-Cooled TIG Torches
You may think you need to buy a fancy water cooler in order to use a water-cooled TIG torch, but that’s not necessarily true. Of course at Arc-Zone we wouldn’t mind if you purchased a welding water cooler from us–we do carry an extensive line of coolers from manufacturers like Binzel and Dynaflux. We even carry all the replacement parts you’ll need for repairs, including the Procon rotary vane pumps for welding water coolers.
Hook Up Kit for Your Water-Cooled TIG Torch
Other options for upgrading to a water-cooled TIG torch: build your own water cooler or connect directly to your city-supplied water.
If you just want to connect to your city-supplied water and run water right to your torch, we have a kit that includes all the connectors you’ll need.
Keep in mind you’ll need to maintain a water flow of one quart per minute at a maximum of 45 PSI (or risk blowing out the tiny water passages inside your TIG torch). Continue reading
When I was entering junior high school, I had a choice: Home Ec or Shop (which included welding). I chose Shop.
My guidance counselor, however, chose otherwise. “All the girls take Home Ec,” he said.
So like most young girls of the 70s I learned to sew a wrap-around skirt and make jello salad. Two skills I have never had the need for nor were they a pathway to a good career.
If I knew then what I know now, that Title IX means schools have to offer the same opportunities to boys and girls, and that learning to use power tools could have led to a decent career, I might have stood up for myself. I would have told that gruff old geezer of a counselor to stuff it.
What I know now is that it doesn’t have to be a choice. Brittany Kerr may have preferred welding rods to Barbies, but that’s not always the case. We’ve featured many women for the New Rosies column who like girly things, and like welding too.
Whatever your preference, check out this article, “Barbies? No! But Welding Rods? Yes! by Crystal Dey: Continue reading
One of the more active groups in promoting women in the trades and encouraging women to join the trades is Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. (OTI), an organization founded on the principles that women deserve and can attain economic self-sufficiency through pursuing careers in the building, mechanical, electrical, and utility trades while helping and encouraging the trades industry build up a diverse workforce.
THE HARDWORKING, GRANT WINNING STAFF FROM OTI
Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. (OTI) is proud to announce that on June 14, 2016, we were awarded a Women in Apprenticeship and Non-Traditional Occupations (WANTO) grant to continue our work connecting women with high wage, high skill trades careers through registered apprenticeship.
“Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. is honored to work with our partners, Seattle-based Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Employment for Women and Oakland, California-based Tradeswomen Inc. through the Women in Apprenticeship and Non-Traditional Occupations program,’’ said Connie Ashbrook, OTI’s Executive Director. “Many women in our communities are passionately interested in working in the construction, manufacturing and utility trades, but don’t know where to get started. Our joint efforts to provide women with the education, skills, and connections they need support their access to and success in family-supporting trades careers, while at the same time helping apprenticeship programs and employers diversify their workforces.”
The $650,000 will be awarded over the course of two years. It will fund direct technical assistance work in the Portland, Seattle, and Oakland metropolitan regions, as well as outreach throughout the Western United States.
READ MORE AT THE OTI WEBSITE–>
THIS is great news for women and the for the industry! We look forward to more good news from the Oregon Tradeswomen.
That’s Joanie under that mask!
You may know Arc-Zone’s Joanie Butler from the phone– she may have helped you put your welding supplies order together as part of our team, or she may have answered a technical welding question for you over email. When Joanie is not serving as Arc-Zone’s Pro Account Manager, she is working on her metal art. Joanie is known for taking scrap metal and turning it into amazing art. She has a fondness for critters, from dogs and owls to starfish and spiders. Check out her work on Instagram, you’ll be amazed.
One of Joanie’s recent projects was welding up this little bull dog for Aaron Biefer, owner/operator of Bulldog Welding in Holly, Michigan (check out his work, @BulldogWelding on Instagram).
When Aaron challenged Joanie to recreate his four legged BFF #bulldog Owen back in January, she was so happy to honor a pet that was still alive. “I had absolutely no idea my own dog would be diagnosed with an incurable cancer just a little over a month into the build,” she says. Continue reading