ESAB Supports Welder Education
The U.S. fabrication and welding industry is facing a crisis with the shortage of trained welders. The National Tooling and Machining Association reports that 40 percent of its member companies have been forced to turn down business due to a lack of welders. The AWS predicts a shortfall of 200,000 skilled welders by 2010. With demand this high, there has never been a better time to become a welder. This truly is a vocation with great job security, as well as good benefits and salaries.
"ESAB has supported welder education for many years," says Mark Elender, vice president of sales and marketing for ESAB North America. "We have partnered locally with Florence-Darlington Technical College's Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (Florence, SC) for a number of years, and we are embarking on a new relationship with Ranken Technical College in St. Louis. ESAB recently donated $55,000 in seed money to establish a scholarship through the American Welding Society to train welders at Florence Darlington Technical College. We are always proud to support programs that encourage careers in welding."
ESAB Partners With Ranken Technical College to Update Welding Technology Lab
ESAB has recently announced that the company will be the sole supplier of welding and cutting equipment to Ranken Technical College, located in St. Louis, Missouri, for the refurbishment of its Welding Technology Lab. The plan calls for ESAB to supply 30 Multimaster 300X multipurpose welding machines, 30 CaddyTig 2200i AC/DC Tig welding machines, 30 oxyfuel welding stations and a variety of filler metals for the new lab.
ESAB Solutions Truck Visits Texas SkillsUSA Competition
In April, ESAB participated in the 60th annual SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Championships, held in Corpus Christi, Texas. This three-day event featured contests for high school students in leadership and entrepreneurship as well as skills competitions in cosmetology, welding, carpentry, brickworking and aviation maintenance.
Shasta College Builder's Exchange
ESAB also participated in the Shasta College Builder's Exchange in Redding, California, in April. ESAB demonstrated the ease of welding with the MultiMaster 260 multipurpose welder and new Dual Shield 710X wire. Each visitor who tried their hand at welding met with two of Shasta College's welding professors who provided a short lesson in how to weld safely and successfully. Each new welder received ESAB safety glass holders, flashlights, measuring tapes and stickers as a prize and memento of their experience.
Participants ranged in age from 10 to 80 and in experience from first-time welders to high school vocational welding students who wanted to show off their skills and try ESAB equipment. In addition to discovering the user friendliness of Dual Shield X wires, many participants were introduced for the first time to the concept of welding as a vocation.
How to Avoid Cracking in Aluminum Alloys
The majority of aluminum base alloys can be successfully arc welded without cracking related problems, however, using the most appropriate filler alloy and conducting the welding operation with an appropriately developed and tested welding procedure is significant to success. In order to appreciate the potential for problems associated with cracking, it is necessary to understand the many different aluminum alloys and their various characteristics. Having this advance knowledge will help avoid cracking situations.
What have you welded lately?
Dave Beaudry of Mobile Metalworks has been welding for approximately nine years and loves almost every minute of it. He chose ESAB equipment for his shop "because of their experience in building top quality machines and filler metals that are second to none in the industry," he says, "and they have excellent customer service that is only a call or an email away."
Send Us Your Story
If you've had an unusual welding project or just had some great success working with ESAB welding or cutting equipment, let us know! We'd like to share your story with others. All published stories earn the submitter an ESAB FASTRAK promo kit including:
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- Signature FASTRAK Hat
- Coffee mug
- Key ring
Where in the world?
After the last "Where in the World" building, we thought we'd take it easy on you as we finish up spring and head into summer. Atom Arc stick electrodes have helped transport over 15 billion barrels of oil through 800 miles of these pipes.
If you are one of the first five people to identify this structure, you will win an ESAB golf putter, a box of golf balls, and a Champion golf packet (includes a golf scene, 4 wood tees, 2 plastic ball markers and 1 divot). This will be great to start your spring golf outtings!