Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

The Future of Manufacturing: The Good, the Bad, and the Not Too Ugly

Manufacturing has a long history in the U.S., as both an economic mainstay and key source of American ingenuity. That will likely continue to be the case, but post recession American manufacturing is otherwise characterized by slow growth and lots...

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Repair Welding of Sensitized Aluminum 5456

Repair Welding of Sensitized Aluminum 5456

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Welding Program Revitalized

Happy New Year! In 2014, both readers and contributors stressed how important it was for schools, companies and individuals to work together to solve the skills and workforce crises facing the welding industry. It’s therefore fitting to begin the new...

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

How to Become a CRI: Tips for Success

Last week, we discussed how becoming a Certified Radiographic Interpreter can make you a more valuable asset to your employer. As a CRI, you are your company’s line of defense against poor quality welds and potential lawsuits. This week, we’ll...

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Top 5 Reasons to Become a Certified Radiographic Interpreter

If you joined us last week, then you know what a Certified Radiographic Interpreter does. What you may be wondering is why you should consider becoming one. Well this week, American Welding Online sat down with CRI expert Kenneth Coryell...

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

What Does a Certified Radiographic Interpreter Do?

So let’s say you’re interested in a career in welding, but you’re not sure what path you should take. If you’ve been following our blog for the past few months, you probably saw our series about the benefits of pursuing...

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Gearing Up for the New Aluminum F-150

If you’ve ever seen a Ford commercial, then you know Ford prides itself on the sturdiness of their trucks. So it might surprise you to know that the company chose to make the newest model of one of its most...

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Common Core and the Academic/Vocational Divide

In 2009, a state-led effort to construct a set of high-quality standards in mathematics and English language arts and literacy began. The result was the controversial Common Core State Standards Initiative. The standards were meant to be: Research- and evidence-based...

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Workshops for Warriors

Today is Veteran’s Day, and that means AWS wants to offer one more heartfelt salute to all of our active and retired service men and women. Along with that salute, we want to tell you about one more way that...

Friday, November 7th, 2014

The Future of the Military…in 3D!

If you’re a fan of science fiction, then you probably can’t wait for the day when you can tell a computer what you want to eat or wear and have it made for you right on the spot. Well good...

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Veterans Welding Training Program

“When America goes to war… our families go to war.” That’s the slogan of Wounded Warriors Family Support, an organization dedicated to providing aid to the families of veterans who have been wounded, injured or killed in combat. But when...

Monday, October 27th, 2014

From Warrior to Welder: One Veteran’s Path to a Career in Welding

Ernesto Gomez grew up in Detroit. In 1988 he joined the U.S. Army thinking that nothing of lasting consequence would occur during his time in the military. Imagine his surprise when he found himself standing guard as the Berlin Wall...

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Veterans to Welders: Career Building America’s Finest

It started with a statistic in the Dayton Daily News: “Statewide, post-9/11 veterans were unemployed at a rate of 14.8 percent at the end of May, representing about 8,000 of the 54,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in the work force.”...

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Negative Stereotypes Hamper Veterans’ Employment Opportunities

No matter where you stand politically, we all owe veterans a debt that can never be fully repaid. These are people who agree to lay down their lives to defend our country and values. Yet veterans returning from Iraq and...

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Welding Thunder Competition

Welding is a career with a lot of advantages: exciting job options, good pay, and lots of room for growth to name a few. However, one of the best things about being a welder is that welding can be fun....

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

September 2014 Newsletter

Welders Without Borders Welders Without borders encourages welders from all nations to share their knowledge for the good of mankind. Discover the steps you need to take to become a CWI and learn some tips to help you prepare for...

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Welders Without Borders

It all seems simple in hindsight. If there are other organizations without borders, why not have one for welding? That was the idea that spurred Samuel Colton, Sr. into creating Welders Without Borders, also known as Soldadores Sin Fronteras. Colton,...

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

How to Become a CWI: Tips for Success

In our last few blog posts we discussed the duties of a Certified Welding Inspector and enumerated several good reasons for choosing this career. Today we’ll look at the steps you need to take to actually become a CWI. We...

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Top 5 Reasons to Become a CWI

Certified Welding Inspectors have a wide range of responsibilities, making them one of the busiest persons in the welding field. So what makes becoming a CWI worth all that hard work, and why CWI one of the most popular welding...

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

What Does a Certified Welding Inspector Do?

Many welders start out without any long-term career goals. However, the field of welding offers many different paths, both in terms of jobs and industries. There are pipefitters, iron welders, sheet metal workers, robotic weld technicians, welding equipment salespersons, welding...