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Three’s company - TheFabricator.com

Three’s company

March 9, 2012

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Many weld instructors will tell you that the ability to hear plays a critical role in developing a skilled welder. But a deaf student from Tennessee is proving that character traits like determination and a strong work ethic are more important. It also helps to have a creative, patient teacher and a dedicated support staff.

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Tales of TIG welding - TheFabricator.com

Tales of TIG welding

March 9, 2012

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Welding professionals of varying backgrounds share their personal journey through TIG welding; the helpful advice theyíve learned along the way; and the lessons learned from the occasional blunder.

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People you meet at Starbucks

March 3, 2012

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My colleague, Vicki Bell, web content editor for thefabricator.com, recently wrote a blog post regarding an article she read on msnbc.com titled "Some employers want return of vo-ed training,” where she expressed her disdain for the premise that reintegrating vocational education into high...

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The melding worlds of motorsports and metal art - TheFabricator.com

The melding worlds of motorsports and metal art

February 1, 2012

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A community college motorsports fabrication instructor finds common ground in race car fabrication, metal art.

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New year, new welding helmets - TheFabricator.com

New year, new welding helmets

February 1, 2012

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Taking a closer look at a few new welding helmets.

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SMAW is in session

January 10, 2012

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Welding educators discuss why SMAW still holds a relevant place within their classrooms and in today's high-tech industry.

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Calling all welding educators

January 5, 2012

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Welding professionals have always struck me as being loyal to their industry and proud of the work that they do.  But it’s the welding educators who have left an impression because of the lengths they are willing to go to for their students and their programs. Many times the role of...

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Scottie who?

November 11, 2011

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Have you ever had a conversation with someone younger than you and realized that the references you were making to him or her were completely lost in translation? This happened to me about two months ago with my high school volleyball team I coach. We competed in a tournament in the Chicago...

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Where the rubber meets the road

November 7, 2011

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Joshua Shaw describes himself as half archaeologist and half fabricator. Those qualities come in handy when he's restoring vintage Sprint race cars, which can provide a number of historical and fabrication and welding challenges. To do it right requires patience and flexible welding equipment.

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Sawing potential

October 20, 2011

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Saw operator discovers artistic talent in the discarded metal pieces from his saw and around his job shop.

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FABTECH 2011

Discover technology, opportunity at FABTECH® 2011

October 10, 2011

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North America's largest metal finishing, forming, fabricating, and welding tradeshow returns to Lake Michigan shores Nov. 14-17.

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Robotics technology advancements aid disaster relief, manufacturing

September 9, 2011

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The events of 10 years ago forever changed our lives, our country. Like many of you, I spent the 10-year anniversary of Sept. 11 remembering where I was when the first tower fell, and recalling the variety of emotions that coursed through me as the events unfolded. To this day many of us view...

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Full steam (chest) ahead - TheFabricator.com

Full steam (chest) ahead

July 26, 2011

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Welding and fabricating using exotic metals requires a special touch, one that Schwabel Fabricating Co., Tonowanda, N.Y., has built its business on for the last 53 years.

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The journey is the destination

July 19, 2011

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A recent survey released by Mercer LLC states that approximately one-third of U.S. workers currently are considering leaving their jobs. The company surveyed 2,400 people and reported that 32 percent of them are "seriously considering" leaving, while another 21 percent said they don't want to leave...

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Adventures in metal sculpture - TheFabricator.com

Adventures in metal sculpture

July 18, 2011

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Ray Carrington will tell you that he is not an artist. However, the 81-year-old retired math teacher has metal sculputres on display throughout the nation, and continues to work on pieces to give away.

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