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  • Current Events for Welders

    There is a consistent amount of welding industry news to share, and this blog post is designed to help get that news out to its intended audience: welders, solderers, cutters, and brazers. These professionals work hard and sometimes are not made aware of new industry news as quickly as they could be.   Alcoa to acquire RTI Intl. Metals The metals company Alcoa has signed an agreement to acquire RTI Intl. Metals, Inc., according to an article in The Fabricator, a publication of the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association. RTI Intl. is a Pittsburgh, Pa.-based global titanium and specialty metal products supplier, which provides metals for the commercial aerospace, defense, energy, and medical device industries. Including processes such as melting, ingot casting, bloom, billet, plate, and sheet production, RTI’s capabilities should complement Alcoa’s existing titanium investment casting and forging capabilities and will enable them to close the titanium scrap loop, according to Alcoa. In addition, RTI’s processes include downstream extrusions for aerospace, oil and gas applications, high-speed machining, and production of integrated subassemblies, primarily for aerospace. RTI also has high-velocity machining, forming, extruding, and parts assembly operations, which will allow Alcoa to produce large, complex, and advanced titanium powder metallurgy and processing technology. This will allow the production of near-net-shape aerospace components for RTI’s client base, as well as medical devices and oil and gas products. RTI will also expand Alcoa’s additive manufacturing capabilities, including 3D printing, to produce titanium, specialty metals, and plastic parts for the medical, energy, and aerospace industries. Alcoa agreed to pay $1.3 billion to acquire RTI, offering the equivalent of $41 per share, which is a 50 percent premium over RTI’s price at the time of the sale, according to an article in Reuters. For more information on Alcoa and this acquisition, you may visit Alcoa’s corporate website.   Industry News: Crane scale helps protect lift operators Lift operators are under constant hazards from unsafe lifting conditions, which puts potentially jeopardizes their health and by extension their ability to do their jobs. Safety advances occur relatively frequently, and this most recent advance occurs via Industrial Magnetics, Inc., which has developed a piece of hardware that can help keep lift operators safe on the job. The WeighPlus crane scale is a programmable device intended to improve the workplace safety conditions, particularly from lift operators. The WeighPlus crane scale is a programmable device that gives operators a warning if they are lifting an overload. An overload creates a potentially unsafe lifting situation that can lead to property damage and injury to the operator. The WeighPlus crane scale’s working load limit (WLL) is set to match the rating on the lifting device being used, be it a magnet, sling, or chain. During the lift operation, the weigh scale’s LED display will show the weight being lifted, and warns the user if the weight exceeds the WLL of their lifting device by way of a flashing red display. The WeighPlus scale contains a sensor that has an accuracy of +/- 0.2 percent, which helps ensure an accurate weight reading. The WeighPlus is available in a 5,000- or 15,000-lb. weight capacity model. Industrial Magnetics hopes this new piece of equipment will make the working conditions for lift operators, reducing accidents that lead to damage and injury, and helping lead to an environment emphasizing safe operation. For more information on the WeighPlus crane scale, go to this link.   UV-A LED panel flood lamps are suitable for NDT inspection An article in The Fabricator offers information on the new PowerMAX 365 series UV-A LED flood lamps, which are distributed by Spectronics Corp. for welders to use in NDT applications. Each lamp features a panel of 16 UV-A LEDs engineered for NDT applications. These stationary light sources can be installed overhead or can be connected to provide a wider area of coverage. Lamps are available in both high-intensity and standard-intensity versions, and each has the option for a black light filter. The lamps are suitable for applications such as NDT inspection booths, fluorescent penetrant and magnetic particle inspection, screening of fluorescent particles, and wash station inspection applications that require uniformity of UV-A coverage over a large area.
  • Communication Skills that Will Allow You to Excel

    In an article about the growing bus driver profession, US News said. “To truly enjoy being a bus driver, it helps to be a ‘people person.’” Communication skills go a long way in this growing profession and having good customer service skills are almost as important as having the skills to operate a commercial bus. “Everybody knows me,” said Stanley Carpenter, who works as a bus driver for a public transit organization in Dallas. “They don’t have to ring the bell to get off, because I know where they stop. ... I’ve met two generations, almost three, of families riding my bus.” “Relating to people is one of the best components of this profession,” reports US News. “And having this skill also helps drivers manage the mosaic of personalities and commuting problems they may encounter daily. In other words, the impatient and short-fused need not apply.” Being able to go with the flow is another important trait for a professional bus driver to have as there are sometimes daily challenges to this career. That is why professional training from a school like Advanced can go a long way in preparing a person to become a quality bus driver. “I just keep an even keel,” Carpenter added. “I stay right in the middle. It’s about the way you talk and the sound of your voice [when calming riders]. ... I always try to sympathize with the customer.” The bus driver profession is currently experiencing incredible growth, which is why many jobseekers are looking to this industry as a place to launch a new long-term career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the bus driver profession will experience nearly 10 percent job growth for this profession between 2012 and 2022, which is close to the average pace for all occupations. Several factors should lead to job openings, including an increasing number of children who need transport to and from school and high gas prices, which lead more commuters to rely on public transportation. An additional 16,800 bus driver jobs will need to be filled during the next decade, the BLS reports. If you are a people person who is looking for a new career in a growing industry then the bus driver profession might be the right spot for you, and Advanced could be the place to help launch that new career through its bus driver training program. Bus drivers are needed in commercial operations and public transit systems. bus drivers are in high demand these days as schools across the country continue to look for professionally trained drivers and the Advanced Career Institute’s bus driving program offers the type of CDL training that schools are looking for. If you are looking to start a new career as a professional bus driver then the Advanced and can help you begin a highly rewarding career in this growing industry. School bus drivers are not just chauffeurs. They are responsible for safely transporting children to school and events, making it one of the most important positions in a school system. Schools are looking for professionally trained drivers and those that understand the importance of safety and dedication. This job requires focus and attention to detail, especially when transporting children to and from school. But beyond the personal sense of accomplishment a school bus driver receives each day, the position offers many personal benefits that make it a great career choice. Most school districts offer good benefits and pay, schedules are flexible and allow drivers to pursue other interests, and drivers are not required to have a high school or college degree. The only required education is training that can a help a driver earn his or her CDL. Most school districts also offer the chance to gain extra work, such as driving athletic teams and clubs or signing up for routes over the summer. There is also room for advancement as some drivers are promoted to administration positions in the bus department. Becoming a professional bus driver could be the right option for a jobseeker who has people skills and is willing to complete a professional bus driver training at a school like Advanced, which is a national leader in preparing students to enter this growing career field.
  • A Growing Demand for Professional Welders

    Now is a great time to become a welder because America’s welding industry is experiencing growth thanks to advancements in traditional markets, such as construction and infrastructure, along with growth in new areas like the energy sector. “The machinery market has been benefitting from growth in various traditional markets,” reports DigitalJournal.com. “It relies on the performance of the fundamental downstream markets such as agriculture, mining, construction, commercial construction, and transportation. The other four segments that comprise the overall machinery market and which are also used by many different industries include air-conditioning, commercial refrigeration equipment, ventilation, and heating machines.” The welding industry has a need for more trained workers as the construction sector continues to grow. However, there is also steady growth in the energy sector, which is also leading to a need for welders who work on a variety of energy equipment, ranging from oil wells to wind turbines. Growth in these industries is creating a demand for more professional welders, but so is advancement in new technologies. These advancements mean today’s employers are looking for welders who have professional and up-to-date training in the new processes being used across the welding sector. Those with professional training in welding can find employment in a variety of specific fields. There is a need for welders who work in traditional factories and manufacturing centers. However, many welders also travel to various job sites and work in different settings. Advanced offers a quality professional welding training program, helping students launch a new career in this growing industry. Advanced Career Institute’s welding program is designed to prepare each student to obtain American Welding Society welder performance certification and students will also receive training in a variety of skills, including construction site safety, blueprint and site plan reading, principles of metallurgy, construction math and welding tool usage. From the shale gas sector to transportation infrastructure construction, professionally trained welders are needed all across the country and this career field offers jobseekers the chance to work in one of the nation’s fastest growing professions. There is also a shortage of professionally trained welders. The National Association of Manufacturers said that a recent poll of manufactures shows that 81 percent say they cannot find enough skilled workers and a growing number of applicants are scoring below proficient in the areas of math and science. That includes professional welders. Many employers are actually turning away applicants because many lack the training and skills that are needed in this profession. That gives students of Advanced an advantage when it comes to finding work in the welding field. There are many reasons to consider a new career as a professional welder and now is the perfect time to enter this growing career field. Manufactures and employees in every part of the country are seeking out qualified welders who have professional training. Advanced is leading the way in helping a new generation of professional welders learn the skills today’s employers demand. If you have been looking for a new career and are looking for a challenge that allows you to work with your hands in a variety of environments, then becoming a professional welder could be the right choice for you. There are many reasons to choose this career field, including the fact that the welding industry is growing and employers are facing a shortage of professionally trained welders. Become a welder at ACI, learn more here.
  • A Career for Those Who Enjoy Interacting with Others

    Being a good bus driver is more than just having safe driving habits. Safety and operation of a bus are crucial, but customer services and the enjoyment of interacting with others are also aspects of the bus driving career. If you are someone who enjoys interacting with other people and have good customer service skills, you might enjoy a career as a professional bus drivers. “To truly enjoy being a bus driver, it helps to be a ‘people person,’” US News said. Being a good bus driver is about having safe driving habits, but it is also a career where communication skills can come in handy. “Relating to people is one of the best components of this profession,” US News added in an article about the bus driving profession. “And having this skill also helps drivers manage the mosaic of personalities and commuting problems they may encounter daily. In other words, the impatient and short-fused need not apply.” For those who drive school buses there is also an added responsibility for looking out for children and that can mean addressing a variety of issues while on a route. Gaining professional training as a bus driver also means have the opportunity to work in a variety of places. Bus drivers are needed in commercial operations, public transit systems and school districts. The Advanced Career Institute’s bus driving program offers the type of CDL training that a variety of companies and schools are looking for. Work as a bus driver can be found in numerous industries, which means your training will come in handy for years to come. Schools are particularly in need of bus drivers as over 25 million students ride on school buses each day and school buses are considered the safest way to travel to and from school. “The school bus industry has a long history of safely and reliably transporting children to and from school each day,” John McKinney, Vice President of Operations at International Truck and Engine Corporation and member of ASBC, said in a press release. “Importantly, however, school buses are also the most economical and environmentally-friendly way to transport students too.” The Advanced Career Institute is considered one of the best places to launch a career in the motorcoach industry as instructors focus on the safe bus driving practices employers are looking for. The growing demand for bus drivers and the shortage of quality drivers has led some companies to hire drivers that lack professional training. The shortage of drivers is a challenge for many carriers, but is an advantage for those looking for work in this industry, especially those with professional training from Advanced Career Institute’s bus driver training program. The Advanced Career Institute’s school bus driver training program and commercial bus driver training program introduces the students to the procedures and skills found in the school bus and commercial bus driving industry while preparing each individual to obtain a Class B bus CDL with school bus certification and endorsements. Students of the bus driver training program are often able to find multiple job offers waiting for them and can feel comfortable in the fact that they have a skillset that will make them valuable for many years to come. Working as a professional bus driver can be a very rewarding career, and depending on what type of company or school you work for, it is also a profession that offers flexibility and good pay. The bus industry is growing as more Americans are utilizing public transit and cities across the country are investing in new buses. Not only has increased public transit ridership resulted in a demand for more bud drivers, but so has the growth of school bus routes and motorcoach companies. If you are looking for a unique career that offers flexibility, good pay and a chance to work around other people, then becoming a professional bus driver might be the right career for you and Advanced can help you launch that new career with the type of skills an experience today’s employers are looking for.
  • Demand for Truckers Continues to Grow

    There are many reasons to consider a new career as a professional truck driver. The commercial truck industry plays an important role in the national economy which should give drivers a sense of accomplishment. In a column published by Tire Review, Bob Costello, president of the American Trucking Associations wrote about the important role the trucking sector is playing in today’s economy. “There is no industry more essential to the health and welfare of the U.S. economy than the trucking industry,” Costello wrote. “America’s trucks move the vast majority of America’s freight – from farm to factory to warehouse to retailer to home, trucks dominate freight transportation.” Costello added that “When looking at the industry, it is important to appreciate its size. Acc­ording to the Department of Transportation, there are more than one million interstate motor carriers – including for-hire, private fleets and owner-operators. And those carriers moved 9.7 billion tons of freight in 2013 – nearly 70 percent of all the tonnage moved by trucks.” With trucks playing such an important role in the national economy, becoming a professional truck driver could be a great way for you to enter a profession that allows you to make a difference and feel good about the work you are doing. “Every grocery store, shopping center, car dealership, book­store or pharmacy gets their goods via truck,” Costello wrote. “And in today’s on-demand economy, every time a person clicks the checkout button on an online retailer, another bit of freight is put on the back of a truck. Trucking is a $681 billion industry; more than 81 percent of all freight-related dollars were paid to the trucking industry. With more than 3.2 million drivers – and 7 million employees overall – trucking really is the lifeblood of the U.S. economy.” The size and growth of the trucking industry is another reason why this is a great career opportunity. The truck industry continues to grow and there is a need for thousands of more CDL trained commercial truck drivers. In fact, the demand for more drivers is so great that many truck carriers are looking for ways to entice more drivers through higher pay and tuition reimbursement for CDL programs. “Con-way Truckload is rolling out a new tuition reimbursement program to entice new drivers to work for the company after attending a professional driving school,” reports TruckingInfo.com. “The program will contribute up to $4000 to students attending or enrolling in a professional driving school to earn a commercial driver’s license. A full-time position at Con-way will be offered upon graduation and a driver must work for Con-way for a year to receive the full amount.” Demand for trucking services continues to grow across the country. However, truck carriers are struggling to find enough qualified driver to meet that demand and its forcing trucking carriers to look for creative ways to encourage more individuals to consider a career as a commercial truck driver. “Professional truck drivers are essential to our nation’s economy and with the current driver shortage, we’re looking for more ways to help bring new professionals into the industry,” said Bert Johnson, vice president of human resources at Con-way. In its article, TruckingInfo.com reported that “Conway will make monthly payments on a student’s loan for the first 12 months of employment with the company. After the year is up, the rest of the reimbursement will be paid in a lump sum. The new program replaces Con-way’s previous tuition assistance program that gave $2,000 reimbursements.” As truck carriers continue to look for thousands of new truck drivers, now is the perfect time to launch a new trucking career. The CDL training program at Advanced puts students at the top of the list for some of the best truck driving jobs in the country and is helping hundreds of jobseekers launch a new career in one of America’s fastest growing employment fields. The quality of education at Advanced can help many students graduate from the CDL training program with multiple job offers and opportunities. This is a great time to consider a new career as a professional truck driver, especially as the industry continues to grow and truck carriers increase their incentives for new drivers.
  • The Challenge Employers are Facing

    Employers in the welding industry are struggling to find skilled welders. “There just aren’t people out there with the skills we need or the interest in acquiring them,” said Gretchen Zierick, who runs a 95-year-old electronics connector manufacturer in New York. Zierick made that statement in a recent Inc.com article by Cait Murphy, which explored the growing problem of not enough skilled workers across the country, including in the welding industry. “Business owners everywhere, it seems, complain they can’t find good help these days,” Murphy wrote. “It’s a staple of conversation from talk radio to chats over the donuts and coffee at Chamber meetings. Almost four in 10 U.S. employers told Manpower, a staffing company, that they were having difficulty filling jobs, Murphy wrote. The feeling is particularly acute at small and midsize companies. In a U.S. Chamber of Commerce study, 53 percent of leaders at smaller businesses said they faced a “very or fairly major challenge in recruiting nonmanagerial employees.” That includes employers who are looking for skilled welders. There are not currently enough applicants with the right training to meet the vacancies that can be found in a variety of industries. Murphy also says that another problem is that employers may be too picky when it comes to hiring. “Simply put, employers pile on so many requirements that finding a match is like hunting for a white elephant: They do exist but are vanishingly rare,” Murphy said. “Employers, in fact, are not shy about saying this is what they are doing. According to a 2013 Career Advisory Board survey of 500 U.S. hiring managers, 67 percent said they “don’t feel like they have to settle for a candidate without the perfect qualifications.” So if they don’t find the white elephant, they will keep hunting--even though there are willing elephants ready to do the job.” That means today’s jobseekers need to have professional training in order to set themselves apart from other applicants. “One way to look at the problem, then, is to systematically figure out how to bridge what is, to a large extent, a training gap in certain jobs and geographies,” Murphy said. Jim Miller, Hypertherm’s head of manufacturing, puts it slightly differently: “The more we invest, the better off we are.” Advanced offers a great professional welding training program, helping students launch a new career in this growing industry. Advanced Career Institute’s welding program is designed to prepare each student to obtain American Welding Society welder performance certification and students will also receive training in a variety of skills, including construction site safety, blueprint and site plan reading, principles of metallurgy, construction math and welding tool usage. From the shale gas sector to transportation infrastructure construction, professionally trained welders are needed all across the country and this career field offers jobseekers the chance to work in one of the nation’s fastest growing professions. There is a growing demand for professionally trained welders. The National Association of Manufacturers said that a recent poll of manufactures shows that 81 percent say they cannot find enough skilled workers and a growing number of applicants are scoring below proficient in the areas of math and science. That includes professional welders. Many employers are actually turning away applicants because many lack the training and skills that are needed in this profession. That give students of Advanced an advantage when it comes to finding work in the welding field. There are many reasons to consider a new career as a professional welder and now is the perfect time to enter this growing career field. Manufactures and employees in every part of the country are seeking out qualified welders who have professional training. Advanced is leading the way in helping a new generation of professional welders learn the skills today’s employers demand. If you have been looking for a new career and are looking for a challenge that allows you to work with your hands in a variety of environments, then becoming a professional welder could be the right choice for you. There are many reasons to choose this career field, but any one of the five listed in this post are reason enough to seek out professional welding training from a school like Advanced.
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