Fabtech-AWS students compete for gold at welding olympics
Sparks will fly at the 2006 SkillsUSA Weld-Off, an "olympic" event in student welding. The weld-off, a component of the SkillsUSA Competition, will highlight the 2006 Fabtech International & AWS Welding Show, taking place on Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
The weld-off, which is sponsored by the American Welding Society, tests skills on several welding processes and techniques, including plate, pipe, stainless steel, aluminum sheet metal and pressure vessel welding.
Five SkillsUSA student competitors will compete at the weld-off, with only three qualifying to advance to the SkillsUSA U.S. Open Weld Trials, a part of the 43rd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference, taking place in Kansas City, MO June 25-28, 2007.
The AWS U.S. Open Weld Trials winner will receive a four-year scholarship worth $40,000 from the AWS Foundation and sponsored by Miller Electric Manufacturing Co. In addition, the winner will receive a complimentary, four-year, full AWS membership, an AWS certification and up to $1,000 in AWS publications.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey