AWS Resources for New inspectors
Welcome to another on-site episode of Weld Wednesdays with AWS. Recorded at the AWS Inspection Expo in Austin, Texas, this episode captures the essence of the event held from November 8th to 10th. The expo featured networking with industry legends like Dr. Rick Polanin and Bill Newel, a vibrant opening ceremony by Stony Point High School's Navy JROTC, and a powerful keynote by Gregg "Boss" Woolridge, former Blue Angels commanding officer. Sessions covered diverse topics, including CWI essentials, code updates, mechanical testing, and remote inspections. The episode concludes with insights from Scott Witkowski, VP of Republic Testing, offering valuable advice for new inspectors. Highly recommended for those in or aspiring to join the inspection field.
AWS Automating High Mix Low Volume w/ Corey Mays
In this episode, I am chatting with Corey Mays, owner and operator of CM Welding and machining located in Midland Texas. Corey and his team serve the Oil and Gas Industry. Corey started to adopt the use of cobots in his shop several years ago to help out his team and decrease wait time for his clients. As you all know, the oil and gas is a fast paced industry and when something goes down or they need to redirect resources, it needs to happen yesterday. Corey knew that to remain a solution for his clients, he needed to add automation to his shop.
WPS, PQR, QPQR and other Acronyms w/ Charlie Cross and Padraic Bean
Join Jason Becker in this episode of Weld Wednesday w/ AWS as he engages in a conversation with Charlie Cross and Padraic Bean, two industry experts, about the importance of welding procedures and qualifications. This insightful discussion delves into the key elements of welding procedures, including code standards, contract documents, and procedure qualification records (PQRs), emphasizing the need for tailored procedures to meet project-specific requirements. The guests share their experiences and provide valuable tips for developing and qualifying welding procedures, emphasizing the importance of documentation, thorough testing, and validation. Whether you're a welding professional looking to enhance your procedures or an industry expert seeking to improve quality and compliance, this episode offers valuable insights and practical advice to help you achieve your goals. Tune in to learn from the experts and take your welding procedures to the next level.
Talking Automation with Sam Chance
In this month's episode of the Weld Wednesday podcast, Jason discusses everything automation with Samuel Chance, a welding engineer with Vermeer. They discuss incorporating automation into large-scale heavy manufacturing and the opportunities to learn more about automation at the upcoming Welding Automation Expo & Conference, where Samuel will be speaking.
Building the Trades with Andrew Brown
In this month's episode of Weld Wednesday w/ AWS, Jason chats with Andrew Brown, a skilled trades advocate who uses his platform to help drive conversations about the skilled trade shortage. They discuss how to effectively spark the interest of the younger generation in pursuing careers in the skilled trades, particularly in welding and much more.
Hood Time with Jordan Packer
In this month's episode of Weld Wednesday w/ AWS, Jason chats with WorldSkills bronze medalist Jordan Packer, uncovering his journey from start to success. We cover how he started his journey to the world stage, how he prepared to compete at Skills USA, his training for WorldSkills, and what it takes to be a winner. If you've ever been curious about competing, how to get started, and what it takes to prepare - you don't want to miss this.
Unlock Your Full Potential: The Power of Lifelong Learning and How to Stay Ahead in a Rapidly Changing Industry
In this month's edition of Weld Wednesday w/ AWS, join us as we discuss the importance of being a lifelong learner and how you can stay up-to-date in the welding industry as technology continues to evolve.
Lexi McDermott, Brandy Killeen, and Robert Watson
In this month's edition of Weld Wednesday w/ AWS, Jason spoke with three young professionals in the industry to discuss how they have thrived in this industry and what advice they have for others in terms of building a network. Guests included: Lexi McDermott, Brandy Killeen, and Robert Watson. The episode was a live panel discussion on Instagram Live on 4/5/23 the guests discussed their experience with AWS and how it has been helping them in their careers since they started to get involved.
Overcoming Obstacles: Women in Welding
In this month's episode of Weld Wednesday, Jason Becker sits down with three accomplished women in the welding industry: Tiffaney Orff, owner of Welding Women Syndicate; Kelli Royals, Navy veteran and professional welder, and author of the children’s book, Willow Discovers Welding; and Amy Roosa, founder of The Safety Rack, an organization that advocates for better PPE for women in the trades industry.
Maximizing Your Workforce Potential: How Apprenticeships Can Benefit Your Company
In this month's episode of Weld Wednesday, Jason chats with industry experts Scott Ellsworth and Joe Young to discuss the benefits of apprenticeships and how to utilize the resources provided by the American Welding Society (AWS) to establish effective training programs for your employees. Join us as we delve into the details of how to get started and discover why the cost and time investment is well worth it. Tune in and learn how to take your company to the next level with a strong workforce.
State of the Industry 2023 w/ Gary Konarska
In this episode of Weld Wednesday with AWS, Jason talks with Gary Konarska, AWS Executive Director and CEO, to discuss the current state of the welding industry. He shares insights on recent events and seminars held by AWS in 2022, and previews what's in store for AWS in 2023. Tune in to get a heads up on the current state of the welding industry and the resources and support available through AWS
A Rae of Sunshine with Rae Ripple
This months episode of #WeldWednesday, from metal artist to author and everything in between, Jason catches up with Rae Ripple to talk about everything she's been up to in the year after she competed on Metal Shop Masters.
Growing Pains With Jeremy Condrey
If you’re a small business owner or planning on striking out on your own, you’ll definitely want to tune in to this episode of #WeldWednesday. Jason chats with Jeremy Condrey, owner of @southernweldcompany, a metal fabricating company that began in 2020 and has continued to grow, so much so that it sometimes struggles to keep up with the demand as a small business. Through the growing pains, Jeremy has learned how to benefit from having the support of a network of professionals who he has connected with through his local AWS section.