I got my AWS membership credential in the mail recently– I have been a member for 20 years! If you are not familiar with the American Welding Society. The AWS is the welding professional, standards, and certification organization. I would encourage you to get involved, check out there web site and if you want to know more drop me a line and I would be happy to help you get set up with the benefits of an AWS membership.
Check out the signature from the AWS President–Nancy Cole! First woman president of AWS! We’re interviewing her now for an upcoming feature on CarmenElectrode.com where we regularly profile women welders–the New Rosies.
AWS is leading the way in advancing the technology of welding, making membership a great way to stay up-to-date with the latest and greatest (some of which you’ll find over at Arc-Zone.com) with the Welding Journal magazine, tons of Technical Publications, Welding Educational Programs, and Welding Certification programs, it’s also a great place to mix and mingle with your colleagues in the industry.
Each year the AWS holds a trade show, FABTECH International and the AWS Welding Show, and on the local level you can join your AWS chapter.
And, if you need to up your skill level– or you (or someone you know) is interested in getting into the welding industry, the online Welding School Locator will get you started. AWS also offers scholarships, and welding student chapters.
UPDATE: just learned that Nancy Cole is the 2nd woman president of AWS! either way, it’s big news and nice to see!
Sponsors of the upcoming Fabtech International & AWS Welding Show (including Metalform) in Chicago were polled about their plans for future business growth in light of the recession. The results were surprising — in a very good way.
Poll: Manufacturers detail recession survival strategies, report better conditions
Opportunities for manufacturers abound as economy improves suggests a poll by sponsors of the Fabtech International & AWS Welding Show, including Metalform, in Chicago. Sponsors are American Welding Society (AWS), Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Int’l (FMA), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), and Precision Metalforming Association (PMA).
— Manufacturing Business Technology, 9/8/2009 8:02:43 PM MDT
To survive what many view as the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, 69 percent of manufacturers indicated they reduced their workforce, followed by delaying capital expenditures (66 percent), negotiating with suppliers for better deals (48 percent) and cutting promotional activities (37 percent.) The survey asked 1,046 past or prospective registrants of Fabtech International & AWS Welding Show, including Metalform. The poll was conducted in late July.
However, with signs that the economy is currently improving, those surveyed plan to reverse downsizing — nearly one-third of those surveyed said they expect to add to their workforce in the next 12 months. Manufacturers reported an increase in demand in product as the leading factor that would prompt an increase to the workforce (78 percent) followed by the opportunity to upgrade workforce (7 percent) and the need for new skill sets (6 percent).
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Isn’t it time you started getting involved? That’s what these students thought!
I met them recently at one of our local AWS (American Welding Society) section meetings. Daren Hitchman and Fred Paregoy (3rd from left in top and bottom rows) are the member recruiter and publicity chairman of their AWS student chapter, respectively.
I spent some time talking with them and I couldn’t help but take a picture of their workbooks. Unfortunatly, I did not capture the notes and diagrams on the inside; they were very detailed and technical — I was impressed with the level of training that these new students go throught to get certified.
Though they both are currently going to welding school at ECC in San Diego, they make the time to get involved in the local welding community by coming to events like this one.
Through attending meetings and events sponsored by local welding supply companies, professional organizations etc., these students are getting a better idea of the jobs that are available to them once they leave school.
Who knows? They might even meet a future boss, or learn about an opportunity to open their own shop just by hanging around and learning about the latest welding equipment!
Find a chapter of AWS near you and get involved!
With more and more companies looking into alternative energy sources, Lincoln Electric has decided to take the lead by hosting seminars on welding wind towers.
Lincoln Electric Hosts Two Successful Wind Tower Welding Seminars
Day-long seminars provided industry veterans and newcomers insight into trends and technologies
The alternative energy industry continues to focus on wind power as a viable addition to address the ever-expanding global energy demand. With this in mind, Lincoln Electric has recently hosted more than 120 industry professionals interested in learning more about wind tower fabrication for several day-long seminars.
Seminar attendees traveled from across the United States and as far away as Brazil and Portugal to Lincoln’s Cleveland, Ohio, headquarters to learn more about wind tower fabrication. Each seminar featured an industry overview, technology sessions and live welding demonstrations for companies already fabricating wind towers and those currently considering it.
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New from Miller: Ever wonder if your welding purchase is really worth the investment?
Miller has just created a special calculator and software that allows you to determine what your shop’s profit (or lack there of) will be upon buying this product.
What Miller has to say about their new calculator/cd-rom:
* Determines unique return-on-investment (ROI) and payback numbers based on data from each individual welding shop.
* Calculates savings over conventional machines in four areas: reduced process switch-over time, increased productivity with Regulated Metal Deposition (RMD) root pass/Pro-Pulse fill and cap, stainless steel pipe welding without a backing gas, and RMD versus TIG on the root pass.
* Excellent tool for equipment justification and planning.
* CD includes PipeWorx system information, advanced welding process information and instructional weld techniques for pipe fabricators.