Safety in the Work Place
Ensuring your workplace has adequate safety and health standards for employees is really important. Accepting sub-par standards will not only lead to poor health, it can lower productivity and quality of work. Employees who stay safe are also more likely to continue these good habits in other areas of their work.
Being conscious of what that regulations are, and how they enforce them will keep you safe as well. The quality of the equipment you wear and use, can prevent most of the dangers associated with welding. One of the harder dangers to combat are the fumes. Chemicals released into the air include; aluminum, arsenic, lead, along with gases used to protect the weld.
Keeping the weld surface clean does a lot to eliminate fumes, but putting proper ventilation in place is always important. If, the ventilation system is not enough, make sure to wear respiratory protection. Even though a facemask can be uncomfortable, it is much better than the alternative health risks.
Welding Programs for Young People
Kids that show interest in welding programs like this one are in good hands. Not every school offers a welding or shop program, and this high school shows initiative in the design of their technical program. With the growth of metal industries continuing, the Franklin County Career and Technology Center gives their students the opportunity to practice their skills with real world applications. Students look over real blueprints, design practical projects, and execute the projects. The curriculum, along with the dedication of the instructor, is a great foundation for these young welders.
The project in the video is about constructing a park bench. This is something simple conceptually, but there are a lot of different ways to construct it. Getting together to solve the task as a group and comparing ideas is a great way to learn to work as a team. It is rare that you see a single welder completing a whole project by themselves. This also helps student develop problem solving skills.
Welding programs like these are becoming more common and well organized. This is good for the welding industry, and the quality of skilled welders produced. This engagement from a young age also helps the young students feel like they are moving in a positive direction after school.
Colleges Turn to Welding
For the past 20-30 years there has been a steady decline in students learning skilled trades. The current workforce is aging and a gap between experienced welders and new welders is growing. Unfortunately for many college and university students, they owe an average of $ 29,000 in loans. And after leaving school, it is almost impossible to find a job.
Fortunately, there are more and more options to learn about a skill. Welding programs, like this college located in Great Falls, Montana, have made big leaps to provide a well-rounded and detailed education. The students are interested in the program not only for the useful skills they learn, but because of the low price and the job security that comes with it. Almost 50% percent of goods manufactured in the US involve some sort of welding.
This school is providing a special way to practice as well. They have introduced virtual welders, a machine that uses a plastic GMAW torch to simulate real-time welding. This teaches the students hand-eye coordination, as well as comfort and control with a torch.
However, not everyone is cut out to be welder. A student of the college says “To do it well is definitely a skill,” and he is definitely right about that. The school teaches all of the basic welding processes and methods, but it is up to the student to show the determination and the drive to be a better welder.
This basic one-year program is standard for most welding schools. It is possible to find an 8 – 14-month program, all with different curriculum. When you look for a welding school or program it is important to check what kind of accreditation they have.
The accreditation is an important part of the school’s legitimacy. If you complete a welding program from an unaccredited school, then it will be much harder to find work. Other options for getting an education are from unions or larger welding companies who have an in-house training program. Make the most out of your education and do your research!
New 4-in-1 Welding Machine!
New from Miller Electric, is the Multimatic 215!
For the basic welder this machine is simple and has the variety you need. It provides multiple processes including DC SMAW, SC GTAW, GMAW, and flux-cored welding. Miller also states that the machine can weld up to 3/8-inch-thick steel in a single pass, and can easily connect to 120 or 240-volt input power.
A few of the features for the Multimatic 215 include an Auto Spool Gun Detect, Two Gas Connections, Fan-On-Demand, and Inverter Technology.
The Auto Spool Gun Detect makes switching from stick to a wire-fed process easy and switch free. The machine automatically detects when a MiG-gun or spool gun is connected.
This machine also has two gas connections, making it easy to switch your welding technique and your process. The ability to use different combinations of gases without stopping and changing out canisters, is great for saving time and materials.
The Fan-On-Demand is a great step for Miller Electric to be taking a well. This technology reduces the amount of energy used by the machine, as well as keeping the interior clean from contaminates.
Finally the weight of the Multimatic 215 is one of the best features. Using Inverter Technology, Miller is able to combine all four of the major processes into one machine weighing only 38-pounds. All of these capabilities combined with best-in-class arc characteristics make this one of the best basic welding machines on the market.