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Woodward H.M.,Welding Journal
Welding Journal | Year: 2013

The local need for skilled welders prompted Beal College in Bangor, Maine, to initiate a state-of-the-art welder training facility featuring a comprehensive two-year program developed and taught by experienced instructors. The students practice welding in a new, 5300-sq-ft building with a 10,000- ft/3min roof top exhaust fan vented to the outside as well as a 12,000 ft3/min fume extractor that provides source capture to all 14 welding booths. The study sessions are conducted in a soundproof classroom. The AWS-certified associate's degree curriculum includes the following major courses of study: Introduction to metallurgy, fundamentals of and practical pipe- fitting, basic through structural and advanced shielded metal arc welding, flux cored arc welding, basic through advanced gas metal arc (GMA) and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), and GTAW of pipe and aluminum.


Guzman C.,Welding Journal | Johnsen M.R.,Welding Journal
Welding Journal (Miami, Fla) | Year: 2010

A special report is presented on the 2009 FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show, held at Chicago's McCormick Place, US, between November 15-18, 2009. The event was visited by more than 26,000 visitors who were searching for the welding and metal fabricating technology. Companies working in the field expected better prospects for the industry and those working in Chicago were informed that they were to obtain grants to improve the skills of their existing employees, train new workers, and improve their facilities. Victor, Mathews, AWS president discussed the challenges that were faced by the industry in 2009 and the advancements that helped overcoming those challenges. He also emphasized the significance of the existing welding students for potential growth and development of the industry.


Babinski A.,Welding Journal
Welding Journal | Year: 2015

Recent winners of the AWS Image of Welding Small Business Award offer their valuable advice. George Wernette, co-owner and vice president, professional development, Tri Tool, suggested that the strategic focus will enable a company to meet its customer's needs and offer them solutions that empower them solutions to do their work safer, faster, and better, thus establishing a trusted, strong brand identity within market segment. Joe Fazzari, vice president, Colmac Coil Manufacturing, suggested that companies should aim to offer a unique product or service. Offering a fast lead time is a great way to have a competitive advantage in the market. One should make sure that his products are the best in the field, and reaches the customers the fastest. Companies should understand their customers and how they use the Internet, and make sure they tailor their social media strategy to their habits. One must set himself for success by forging effective professional bonds with a banker and an accountant whose advise he can trust.


Gomez M.,Welding Journal
Welding Journal | Year: 2015

Fluor Corporation, Houston, is an engineering and construction firm that has started up an preemployment welder upgrade training program free of cost. The training is conducted by Cooper and Merced Arroyo, talent development specialist III. The welders receive training to become combination pipe welders, and should be able to weld pipes in the 5G position in uphill progression. Trainees take two tests, gas tungsten arc (GTA) and shielded metal arc (SMA) welding. After training is completed, Fluor tries to hire them as combination pipe welders if a big project is available, and if not, the company will place them on outages. The company has another training program operating in Baytown.

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