High School Career Center in Texas

Marty Rice

Contributing Writer
High School Career Center in Texas



Marty Rice is a welding instructor at a high school career center in Texas. He is an honorary member of the Ironworkers Local 263.

 

Questions for the author can be e-mailed to vickib@thefabricator.com

The future of structural welding

January 13, 2004

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Like my history of welding article, this article is my small insight into the future of structural welding. Like I said before, if you are a history or English professor—and I'll add math professor to this group after my last miscalculation, pointed out by Ted Neff from Reynolds...

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The history of welding according to Marty

November 20, 2003

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This is a welding history synopsis, as seen by me. If you are a history or English professor, you might want to stop reading at this point; it ain't gonna be pretty.

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Mastering the art of welding—it's all about proper technique

August 14, 2003

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One of the stupidest things I ever did as a parent was to buy my son a book about kyusho-waza (pressure point attack) written by master martial artist, George A. Dillman. I then became the recipient of painful ambushes in the hall, kitchen, and even driving down the road in my truck. I...

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SMAW Basics—How much do you know?

May 15, 2003

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Editor's Note: This article covers basic SMAW questions and answers. Preceding the SMAW section is the author's opinion about the importance of retaining federal funding for vocational programs. If you would like to express an opinion about this topic, please feel free to do so. What...

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There are welders, and there are dobbers

March 13, 2003

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I once worked for an ironworker general foreman named Wheeler. He was a great guy to work for because he was good with the men, and he knew his stuff. When he told you something was to be done, you knew there was a good reason for it, and that he had thought it out carefully. That's what it's all about in the field, knowing your stuff.

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The X, Y, Z's of Management

January 16, 2003

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Owners, what do employees want? Employees, what do owners want? I know what I wanted when I was a shop and field hand, and I know what I expected when I was a boss. Now more than ever we need to strengthen the employee-management relationship.

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Hot Cold Thermometers

Sweltering heat, bone-chilling cold

November 7, 2002

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The weather affects welders no matter what climate they live in, and even more so out in the field. The key is to learn how to cope with extreme temperatures.

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FCAW pretty much can do it all

September 26, 2002

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FCAW not only is easy to teach and to use, it's one of the most flexible welding processes around.

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SMAW revisited—You can never know too much

August 8, 2002

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No matter how much you know about SMAW or any other type of welding, you always can learn more.

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Taking another look at SMAW safety

June 27, 2002

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It's never a good time to forget about safety. Take it from a guy who knows.

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Making structural repairs in the field

May 30, 2001

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Planning, gas, rigs, tips, location, and cutting all have significant effects on field welding jobs. Taking these into account may save you a lot of time and trouble when doing repair on structural members.

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