Weekly Welding Roundup-Welding News

Hazard, Kentucky will be the location of southeastern Kentucky’s first Welding Rodeo on October 23rd. The event will include welding teams from community colleges and local organizations who will be given piles of scrap metal and 8 hours to weld a sculpture.

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The winning sculpture, chosen by judges, will be displayed along the new River Arts Greenway in Hazard. Community members will also select a People’s Choice Award.

The sculptures will be created around the theme, “River Creatures.” The team that creates the winning entry will also receive a cash prize.


Welding Industry

Miller Releases New TIG and Stick Welder
“The stick and TIG-capable CST 280 Series from Miller Electric Mfg. Co., is now available with an optional digital meter for more precise control when presetting of monitoring welding amperage is ideal for welding pipe and plate in power plant construction, petrochemical construction, maintenance and repair and shipbuilding applications.

‘With a digital weld meter, the welding operator can quickly identify both preset and welding amperage levels. This allows operators to know they are within specified parameters,’ said Caleb Rosera, product manager at Miller Electric Mfg. Co.”


Welding Education

John Wood Community College Offers Welding Introduction for Students
“Welding Formations is for students grades 5 through 12 and will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 17, in room W117 at JWCC's Workforce Development Center, 2240 Koch's Lane in Quincy, IL. Students will learn to cut and weld metal using an arc welder and wire welder. Leather shoes, long sleeves and long pants are required. Instructor is Jim Fuhrman. Cost is $45.”

Grant of $30,000 Upgrades Welding Shop at State College
“Morrisville State College’s welding lab will get a boost thanks to a $30,000 grant from the Dominion Foundation. Dominion is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy. The grant money will be used to update equipment, a move that will add spark to welding courses at MSC.”

Mississippi Junior College Offers Beginner Welding Class for $125
“Jones County Junior College’s Workforce Development is offering a Welding class at the Clarke County Learning Center in Stonewall. This course will meet Monday through Thursday, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., beginning Monday, October 26, 2015 through December 18, 2015.”

Shooting Event Raises $3,000 for Welding Scholarships in Kansas
“Area shooters gathered at Lunbrook Sporting Place for the 2nd Annual Jeremy Brown Fun Shoot. The event, which raised money in remembrance of Brown, passed after an injury sustained in an ATV accident in 2013.

‘We host this event every year to remember Jeremy,’ said Brown's best friend, Seth Kelley. ‘We use the funds raised to give to Butler's welding department because the program was a big part of his life.’"

PA College and High School Partner on Welding Facilities and Degree Programs
“An educational alliance, the first of its kind in the county, has been struck between Northern Lebanon School District and HACC'S Lebanon Campus.

In an effort to develop an ongoing relationship between the college and the district, school board members approved the joint agreement Tuesday night, which outlines the shared use of equipment and facilities between HACC and the high school industrial and technology facility for welding courses.”


Welding Jobs

Welder Makes a Living from His Art
“Paul Boccolucci is a self taught blacksmith, artist and sculptor who uses a welding torch and chunks of iron to create his colorful and clever works of art.

Boccolucci has been producing his whimsical sculptures for more than 40 years. The Real Stuff Gallery is on Rt. 219 in West Valley, NY. You can't miss it. Out front you'll see a huge dragon and a six-foot Sponge Bob made of iron.”

High School Senior Preparing for Welding Job Market
“When Sparta High School senior Kyle Kast graduates this spring, he’ll have more than just a diploma to hang on his wall. A member of the school’s new welding program, he also will have a certificate from Western Technical College, along with the training and skills necessary to begin pursuing a career.

Kast said he knew early he wanted to be a welder, and the ability to start work right out of high school was important because it gives him a head start compared to other students.”


Welding Events

“FABTECH brings a wealth of innovation and technology solutions to Chicago, IL November 9-12, 2015… More than 40,000 attendees and over 1,500 exhibiting companies are expected to gather once again celebrating metal manufacturing at its best. The event also provides learning opportunities beyond the show floor with over 100 educational sessions and expert-led presentations covering the latest trends and technology in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industries.”


Welding Gone Wrong

Fire Contained in School’s Welding Department
“The Wausau Fire Department responded to a small fire in the Welding Department at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau Tuesday. Crews were called to the 1000 block of West Campus Drive just before 8 Tuesday evening for reports of smoke and flames.”


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Hit the Road Jack (or Jane)! Money For Traveling Welders

Are you able to take your welding skills on the road? For those of you who can (or are seriously considering the option), here’s a basic list of what traveling welders deal with.



This post was inspired by content from GoWelding.org, one of the ultimate resources for understanding the core aspects of welding.


Basics for Traveling Welders

1. Depending on the job and site location, traveling welders can expect to relocate within 24 hours.

2. Often, they must be ready to take a welding test to judge qualification for a job.

3. Because some of these jobs are time sensitive and require immediate travel, traveling welders always have their cars ready (enough gas, car problems fixed, etc. ) and bags packed before applying for any job.

4. In some cases, traveling welders will need enough money for at least three weeks of living expenses (i.e. hotels, food, etc.).


Resources (Job Placement) for Traveling Welders

Staffing agencies only use the “best of the best” for travel welding jobs. So, to ensure you’re on top of your game, be prepared to pass tests such as:

  • 6G x-ray test
  • The 2, 3, and 4G plate test
  • Math exams

Based on what a company needs, staffing agencies may also require alcohol and drug testing, federal background checks (even speeding tickets may be an issue), and sometimes even security clearances.


Armed with that bit of information, here’s a list of job boards and staffing agencies for welders.

List provided by GoWelding.org.

Advanced Resource Solutions is a staffing company. You can fax your resume to 1-520-615-7692 or call 1-800-314-9346.

Ameri-Force mainly focuses on shipbuilding jobs and is owned by Man Power.Com. Ameri-Force is always busy and if you need a job they most like have one! You can contact a recruiter by email at recruiter@ameriforce.com or call 1-888-269-3381 to get an instant phone interview.

Aerotek is one of the biggest staffing services out there. You can visit their website to find jobs or call 1-888-237-6835 to speak to a recruiter.

Caliper, Inc is a general recruiting company serving a variety of industries. You can contact them by email at resume@caliper.net or call 1-800-476-1306 to speak to a staffing agent.

CTR Group serves industrial construction and maritime trades. To contact them visit their website and search for jobs. Once you find a job you are interested in call or email the person listed.

HKA Enterprises, Inc is a staffing company. You can submit your resume to help@hkaa.com or call 1-800-825-5452 to speak to a recruiter.

Industrial Tradesman Magazine is a fee based online job publication. They have jobs from industrial shut downs to shipyards. I don't know much about them but I have met people that get all of their jobs from this site.

Koger Industrial Staffing is a staffing company located in Alabama. You can visit their site or submit your resume to kogerstaffing@yahoo.com. If you have questions call 1-866-488-0557

MK Industries staffs all kinds of welding and fitting jobs. Their main focus is the defense industries and shipyards. The pay rate is on the higher end of these jobs. You can contact a recruiter by email at recruiter@mkpro.com or call 1-800-573-6269 to speak to a recruiter.


This is just some of the agencies that help place traveling welders. For the full list and more information on traveling welders, visit GoWelding.org.