thefabricator.com has a team of bloggers that cover the challenges and rewards associated with a life in metal fabricating. Topics typically addressed by contributing authors include political and demographic trends affecting the fabricating industry, the business side of running a job shop, the culture of the welding community, and detailed looks at what happens on the shop floor.
July 18, 2016 | By Tim Heston
Most view metal fabrication as a technology business. But custom fabricators are complex, albeit usually small businesses. In such complex environments, good communication can make things a lot easier.
June 30, 2016 | By Nick Martin
How does your shop train new hires and current employees? It takes ingenuity to train while keeping a small shop humming. Here’s how Barnes MetalCrafters does it.
June 29, 2016 | By Josh Welton
Nonwelders who aren’t interested in learning more about the science don’t have an appreciation for what it takes to repair different items. One repair may take a few minutes, and another considerably longer. It depends on many things.
June 29, 2016 | By Dan Davis
A welding instructor at a Wisconsin vocational school hits the shop floor in the summer to see what matters to manufacturers.
June 23, 2016 | By Josh Welton
The measure of your success as a welder lies in the quality of your weld. For female welder Sam Riggin, the quality of her welds also has earned her respect in a male-dominated profession.
June 22, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
Have you ever known a highly intelligent, skilled individual who created nothing but ill will and disorder in the workplace? How did your employer handle this situation? “Welding Wire” readers recently weighed in on this topic after reading the blog post “Voting workers off the island.”
June 14, 2016 | By Josh Welton
Independent fabricators and artists need workspace. On his search for space in Detroit, Josh Welton came across an interesting alternative to the typical offerings modeled on a similar, successful venture in New York. He’s excited about the prospect of working in this environment.
June 9, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
“Fabricating Update” subscribers were asked to share their thoughts on the new overtime rules for exempt employees that will take effect Dec. 1. Employees who responded welcome the action. Employers are not so happy about it. And one respondent questions the government’s motive behind the new rules.
June 1, 2016 | By Josh Welton
The U.S recently celebrated Memorial Day, a day set aside to remember the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. To commemorate this occasion, Josh Welton has turned the podium over to his better half, Darla, who honors her dad and his fellow soldiers killed in action in this moving tribute.
June 1, 2016 | By Stephen Barlas
U.S. manufacturers have to come to terms with the new overtime rules issued by the U.S. Department of Labor.
May 31, 2016 | By Stephen Barlas
May 25, 2016 | By Nick Martin
Working in a job shop or any small, tightknit organization requires attributes beyond job skills. If you don’t measure up, you might find yourself voted off the island and out the door.
May 23, 2016 | By Josh Welton
Interested in a career in welding and fabrication? Take advantage of opportunities to learn more, and you might find yourself on a fulfilling career path, just like Jonathan Lewis.
May 19, 2016 | By Tim Heston
Fabricators aren't selling just parts anymore. They're selling their ability to partner and communicate with customers.
May 19, 2016 | By Josh Welton
Times have changed. We live in the information and stimulation age. Many things vie for our attention, and it can be difficult to focus on a single activity or life plan. Is that good or bad? Here’s Josh Welton’s take, based on his own experience.