Please view the story by Mariah Ellis (KGWN TV Cheyenne, WY)
CHEYENNE, Wyo.- Ten Wyoming high school finalists competed in a state welding competition at Puma Steel in Cheyenne. The students competed for more than $10,000 worth of scholarships to help them further a career in a field of interest.
Cheyenne East High School senior, Conner Wilson, said he's never competed in anything in school until the welding competition came to his attention. Wilson said his interest sparked at a young age and added, "When they offered this competition for welding, I was super excited."
Welders create their own problems by exhibiting lack of confidence and not wearing their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). “Certification welds” should be better than “production welds” because the weld coupons are new, clean and the weld surfaces are smooth. The weld test booth is clean, lighted and a safe workplace. Welders tend to overlook the fact that their success in providing a satisfactory demonstration of their welding performance is important to all parties.
by, Dr. Jesse A. Grantham, Forensic Welding Engineer
The following article initiates a three-part series of topics for The Welding Leader (TWL) audience. There are many ways to write about “Weld Failures”. The perspectives presented in the following parts address different points of view of the Owner, Welds and the Forensic Welding Engineer.
Weld failures are the result of decisions and occasionally random accidents. A weld failure means a weld that does not meet the Owner’s expectations. Many weld failures are more related to company politics than welding metallurgy.
Every weld is the result of someone’s deliberate choices about design, materials, process and inspection. It is just that straight forward. When any one of these four key elements does not meet the Owner’s expectations, the costs for the project increase and welds unable to meet the Owner’s needs are considered failures.