• Have You Considered a Job in Welding?

    Purge monitors

    Wind towers in Nebraska are not being built as fast as manufacturers would like and there is one simple reason that many of these jobs are taking longer than expected: lack of welders.
    Nebraska, like most states across the nation struggles to find enough skilled laborers, especially welders. In Nebraska, the wind tower manufacturer tried adjusting the work week schedule to attract more workers. In an attempt to attract area farmers looking for more income, the company added a weekend shift. Disappointedly, however, these shifts have been slow to fill.
    The average northeast Nebraska welder makes $16.79 an hour, according to the Department of Labor. This puts welders in the area 35 cents behind the area’s mean wage. And while the manufacturing company admits that no one is going to get rich at this wage, the company still contends that many people in the area would be happy making an average wage if there was a way to get them the welding skills they need.
    Senior welders in Nebraska typically make $21 an hour and companies have increased retirement contributions, overtime pay availability, and goal based incentives to attract more workers and encourage people to work a little longer before retiring.
    Do You Know the Difference Between a Purge Monitor and Pipe Alignment Clamps?
    Pipe weld purging systems and hand held purge monitors are not everyday terms to most high school graduates, but local manufacturing companies are looking to change that. By working with community colleges, many manufacturers are trying to pique the interest of high school students taking industrial arts classes.
    In addition to learning about reading, writing, and math, the hope of many manufacturing plant managers is that students will also be introduced to some of the basics of welding and other skilled trades:

    • 50% of products made in the U.S. require welding.
    • Thousands of dollars in labor are lost a year by companies continuing to use old-fashioned methods to align fittings and pipes.
    • 3,500 B.C. is the dat when the earliest welding was recorded.
    • Manufacturing accounts for 66% of welding jobs.
    • Employment for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is projected to reach 412,300 in 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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