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The Future of Metal Fabrication

Metal fabrication can be an essential part of our economy.1 Fabricated metals are nearly everywhere in society: from the pots and pans we use to cook, to the cars we drive, to the computers we rely on.1 Metal fabricators, also sometimes called sheet metal workers, make up the labor force that fuels this industry.2 Fabricators […]

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5 Careers in TIG Welding

TIG stands for tungsten inert gas, and the welding process is often simply called TIG welding. It is one of the most versatile and popular types of welding because it can produce high-quality, clean welds across a spectrum of metals.1 You may also see TIG welding referred to as GTAW welding, or gas tungsten arc […]

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What Is Arc Welding?

Arc welding uses the power of an electric current to join two metals.1 The power supply for the electric current is transferred from a welding electrode (or a “metal stick”) to the base metal, creating an “arc” that melts the metals upon contact.1 This process requires intense heat, and after the metals have cooled, a […]

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What Are Welding Symbols? 

Welding symbols can aid professional welders and welding students alike. These cryptic-looking symbols are often found on engineering drawings, and they communicate information to welders about the project, including the sizes and types of welds to make.1 The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the American Welding Society (AWS) publish the complete set of symbols, […]

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Fusing the Future: Welders Needed to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure

You likely know all about grades from your welding classes. But did you know America’s infrastructure gets them too?1 Roads and highways. Grade: D. Transit systems. Grade: D-. Dams. Grade: D. Aviation. Grade: D.1 Pretty bad, right? Overall, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the country’s infrastructure a D+.1 Who’s going to fix it? […]

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5 Tips to Help Women in Welding Find Career Success & Satisfaction

How can you find career success and satisfaction as a woman in welding? Consider these 5 tips: Learn the fundamentals of metal fusing in welding training.1 Find scholarships for women in trade school.2 Connect with other women in welding.3 Wear women’s safety gear.4 Earn welding certifications.1,5 Keep reading to see how these tips might help […]

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How to Strike an Arc in TIG Welding

Striking an arc means to establish a welding current across a gap between the welding electrode and the base metal.1 Welding training programs may offer instruction in how to strike the arc in different types of welding methods, including TIG welding. What is TIG welding? And what are the 3 ways to strike the arc […]

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