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.
November 16, 2015 | By Josh Welton
For people who are truly good at what they do, the opportunities never end. That’s both the good and the bad news. Can you identify with Josh Welton’s state of mind these days?
November 13, 2015 | By Dan Davis
If the manufacturing community wants to attract students into science, technology, engineering, and math careers, it might want to start focusing on elementary schools. That's what Brillion School District in Wisconsin is doing.
November 5, 2015 | By Dan Davis
When a fabricator says that business is flat when compared to previous months, you are hearing good news.
October 29, 2015 | By Josh Welton
Imagine 100-hour workweeks. Overload, fatigue, and burnout are to be expected. But it’s also very rewarding when your hard work bears fruit.
October 28, 2015 | By Nick Martin
What is family? In a job shop, it’s more than your kinfolk and, sometimes, more than human.
October 28, 2015 | By Tim Heston
New technology allows rookies to start making good parts right away, but that connection with experienced workers still needs to be there.
October 23, 2015 | By Dan Davis
With baby boomers heading for retirement in great numbers, manufacturers need to find the next generation of workers to replace them. To ensure they hire the best and the brightest for the job, manufacturers should not discount half of the population—women.
October 22, 2015 | By Stephen Barlas
It may be an uphill battle as the EPA reduces the limits of nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds that manufacturers can release into the atmosphere.
October 21, 2015 | By Josh Welton
Tag Ogren answered a call from a friend and found a career. He now operates his own business that helps keep waste and recycling trucks running.
October 15, 2015 | By Tim Heston
Don't blink, or you'll miss the fastest evolving technology in the custom fab shop: the cutting laser.
October 8, 2015 | By Josh Welton
Various factors help determine success in any field, be it baseball or welding. Skills and physical stamina are important. So is your mentality.
October 1, 2015 | By Josh Welton
Silicon bronze filler fan Josh Welton shares why the rod is his favorite and explains what you need to know to use it effectively.
September 25, 2015 | By Dan Davis
Engineers often know how to design things, but not necessarily how to make them. Fabricators that can give the next generation of engineers an idea as to how metal parts are made are doing everyone in manufacturing a favor.
September 24, 2015 | By Nick Martin
Underbidding happens in all shops. Here’s a true shop story about an underbid job and lessons learned.
September 23, 2015 | By Josh Welton
We can’t all be astronauts when we grow up, but we can be something very essential to society. Tyler Donaldson gets that.