Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Welding: The Final Frontier

NASA requires some of the most advance hardware available in order to construct vehicles capable of slipping out of earth’s gravity and into the wilderness of space. As the organization sets its sights on pushing manned space travel further and...

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Stress Relief Cracking in Creep Resistant Steel Welds

Stress Relief Cracking in Creep Resistant Steel Welds

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Help Wanted Conclusion: AWO Asks an Expert

This week, as we conclude our Help Wanted series, we’re joined by Randy Emery, a welding educator at College of the Sequoias, to discuss his views on the skills crisis and what can be done by employers, educators and workers...

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Feasibility Study of Cross Arc Welding Process

Feasibility Study of Cross Arc Welding Process

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

June 2014 Newsletter

The Flipped Classroom American Welding Online looks at the flipped classroom approach and how it can be used to improve welding instruction. Action is required to prevent a regional problem from going national. Students, educators, and employers must take responsibility for the...

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

The Flipped Classroom

Most of us are familiar with the traditional classroom. You and your classmates file into a room, take your seats, and proceed to take notes on a lecture that your teacher has planned for you. At the end of class,...

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Help Wanted Part 6: Maximizing Education

When we began our series, we focused on a growing problem for employers and workers: welding students dropping out of certification and degree programs because they find non-welding prerequisite courses too difficult or disconnected from what they actually care about....

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Dilution Effect on Solidification Modes in Dissimilar Metal Welds

Dilution Effect on Solidification Modes in Dissimilar Metal Welds

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Help Wanted Part 5: Ten Qualities of a Good Employee

Over the past few weeks of our Help Wanted series, we’ve focused on understanding the barriers between potential welders and employment. The industry job market is tumultuous and intimidating right now thanks to a looming national skills gap, present local...

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Evaluation of HAZ Hydrogen-induced Cracking for High Strength Steels

Evaluation of HAZ Hydrogen-induced Cracking for High Strength Steels

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

May 2014 Newsletter

Reading, Writing, and Changing Lives A welding instructor starts welding students on a promising new path. The first in a series of articles that examines the skills gap and the disconnect between education and employment. The second installment in the Help Wanted...

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Help Wanted Part 4: Who’s to Blame for the Skills Gap

As we discussed in part 3 of our series, the industry is fending off several regional skills gaps under the larger shadow of a possible national skills gap in the near future. The roots of these problems are numerous and...

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Help Wanted Part 3: Local Welding Skills Gaps Poised to Go National

In part 1 and part 2 of Help Wanted, we referenced an industry skills gap several times. This skills gap refers to the many job vacancies that are going unfilled despite large numbers of unemployed welders because job candidates lack...

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Reading, Writing, and Welding Changes Lives

Higher education is usually associated with degrees in the Arts or Sciences, but community colleges across the nation offer certifications and associate’s degrees in many different trades not usually linked to academics. At the College of the Sequoias (COS), Tulare...

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Employer Engagement: A Welding Instructor’s Viewpoint

There are many factors that affect our local employers’ level of engagement when it comes to addressing the “Skills Gap”. In this blog post I will share my honest observations and opinions about some of these complicated issues. I will...

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Application of the Delayed Hydrogen Cracking Test

Effects of Welding Variables on the Weldability of High Manganese Steel

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Effects of Welding Variables on the Weldability of High Manganese Steel

Effects of Welding Variables on the Weldability of High Manganese Steel

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Help Wanted Part 2: Why Bad Boys Can’t Get Good Jobs

Last week we discussed how students seeking associate degrees and certifications in welding are dropping out because they’re struggling with pre-requisite courses like math and English. These pre-requisites aren’t always directly applicable to welding jobs, but provide skills like communication...

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Help Wanted: Education & Employment in the Welding Industry

A glut of welders with entry level skills is forming in an industry that desperately needs advanced workers with experience and certifications to replace retiring senior welders. The result is an ever growing and difficult to manage skills gap. We’ve...

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

April 2014 Newsletter

The Benefits of an AWS Workforce AWS offers nationally recognized certifications designed to ensure that welders and welding professionals meet the welding industry’s highest standards. A dynamic group of women make the most of welding. AWO looks at the construction...