Student Living Advice & Info
Thu, 23 Sep 2010 17:30:31 +0000
Welding Trade Schools Lead to Rewarding Careers of Building and Constructing Masterpieces
Sat, 26 Jun 2010 17:37:35 +0000
Are you skilled in welding? You can enhance your welding skills by attending one of the accredited welding trade schools in the country.
If you ask old folks to enumerate their top ten dirty jobs, chances are most of them will include welding in the list. But that conception is a thing of the past. Welding is not considered a dirty job anymore.
In fact, many people are starting to view wielding as an art. Just watch a clip of American Chopper, that now defunct show from Discovery Channel’s sister network TLC, and you will see how a plain piece of metal can be welded into some beautiful part of a classy bike.
And just like other non-mainstream arts, you can make a rewarding career out of wielding. According to the latest estimates, the lowest paid welders are paid about $15 per hour, while more skilled and certified ones may demand an hourly pay rate of $25 or more. And welding is not just transient: it can very well be a long term career.
Consider, for instance, the continuous need to construct new buildings or maintain existing ones. Building construction, maintenance, or renovation will always need welders because modern day buildings are built mostly of metals. Welders are also needed to erect infrastructures like bridges, subways, towers, and a lot more. You can also go freelance and lend your services to welding shops across the country. Or you can even start your own welding-based business.
The possibilities are endless if you embark on a welding career. However, to achieve success, you may need something more than raw skills.
Advantages of Going to Welding Trade Schools
Learn Advanced Welding Techniques:
For many young welders, basic welding abilities are learned from spending time in their fathers’ shop. However, there are many welding skills that can only be learned through welding trade schools.
Courses in welding schools usually include the following: principles of welding, arc welding, shop safety, metal chemistry, and automated welding. The latter course is of prime importance for would-be welders because welding equipment nowadays is becoming more and more automated. Taking automated welding courses is, therefore, a huge advantage.
Get Entry Level Positions with Ease:
Competition in today’s job market is very tough. Many new welders, for example, find it hard to land a job. Aside from facing other new applications, they also jostle for positions against seasoned welders who are changing employers. The possibility of getting a rewarding entry level job for a new welder, though, is not bleak.
Employers are not prejudiced toward hiring welders with previous job experiences. But to make sure that employers will notice you, you should have both excellent skills and credentials. And what would be the best credential for a young new welder? There is no doubt about it: certifications from respected welding trade schools will put a new welder in a good spot.
Earn the Trust of Your Clients:
Attending welding trade schools will not only help you land a job easier, but it will also help you in the future. Skilled graduates from welding trade schools who have innate business instincts may fare well if they start their own welding-based enterprise.
Welding shops owned by those who have graduated from welding trade schools will certainly attract more clients. Why? The answer is simple: because people will feel more confident doing business with a certified shop of certified welders.
Vocational School Studies – Information Technology
Wed, 13 Jan 2010 17:37:37 +0000
Vocational schools provide real hands-on job training for a number of fields including plumbing, mechanics, accounting, carpentry, animal training, electrician, HVAC, and gunsmithing amongst others. Information Technology is also found in many vocational schools, allowing students to train to become an IT professional.
Vocational schools offer Information Technology courses both online and in a traditional college form. Upon graduating, students will have a certificate (as opposed to a degree) in Information Technology that will require the job training and education needed to be hired as an Information Technology professional with many small and large companies.
In most cases, students can earn their IT certification within 2 full-time semesters, allowing them to head out into the working world sooner than a traditional college course. As a student of Information Technology in a vocational setting, students will learn about networking, systems security, and database management as well as desktop repair. Since so many companies hire IT professionals each year, it means that there are many job openings, but fierce competition. Being able to show your certificate in IT training may help make or break your chances at a career within the field.
The fortunate thing about a vocational IT program is that the program jumps right into the training. Very few, if any, core courses are given, meaning that all the courses that are taken involve IT. There are no supplemental courses to fill a credit quota or have little to do with the IT field itself. Many people appreciate that fact and don’t have to worry about excess courses that won’t actually be of any help upon graduation.
Some Great Reasons to Choose an Accredited Trade School Over a Community College
Sat, 02 Jan 2010 17:37:39 +0000
Every spring, thousands of high school seniors prepare to graduate and make their mark in the world. Everyday, many adults make the decision to go back to school. There are many reasons to go to a post secondary school, better earning potential and personal enrichment being two of them. With the economy being the way it is today, an education after high school or G.E.D. program is more than a cute option, it’s necessary.
The real dilemma isn’t why go back, it’s what school. There are many schools to go to and many programs to participate in, it just depends on what you value most in life. With the economy the way it is today, people are seeking higher education to increase their salary potential and promotion future. How fast they want to finish depends on what school they choose and what program suits them. Many people who desire a faster track into the workplace find themselves enrolling in a trade school over a community college.
Trade schools provide intensive training in specific areas of interest, like cosmetology, automobile repair training, computer repair training and culinary skills. The amount of time it takes to complete a program depends on the program chosen and how often class takes place during the week. Most trade school classes meet 5 times a week, resembling a 40 hour shift. This is quite accelerated, but, for the right person, this will not only mean a quicker graduation date, but also a faster entrance into a new and improved career and quality of life. Community colleges are excellent choices, but not for everyone. Community colleges will sometimes require ‘fluff filler’ classes from students in order for them to graduate; classes that they wouldn’t normally need. Taking a class in Philosophy can be a beneficial thing for someone who wants to be an attorney and who doesn’t mind staying in school for about 5 more years, but it isn’t going to be of use to someone with a family of 3, and they need a career that will take less than two years to complete but will get them into the job market faster than if they didn’t go back to school.
Financial aid is available to both and should be applied for as soon as possible in order to guarantee tuition payment. Community colleges are good for people who want to take their time in choosing a major and are even better for those who want to continue at a four year institution.
Going to a trade school can give a charge and a boost to a career if the right school is chosen. Here are some ways to make sure the best choice was made:
Make sure that this is what you want to do and that you are able to do it. Don’t waste your money if you are not sure that you can commit to it.
Brainstorm on some schools you think you might be interested in. As you narrow them down, get more in depth research on each.
Set up a meeting to speak with the director and to take a tour of the school. Ask if you can talk to a current student to see why they chose this particular school and if they are satisfied and why.
Make a pros and cons list on why or why not this school should or should not be selected. Make sure the school is accredited and a part of the Better Business Bureau. Hope it works out.
Fastest Inc – Making Pressure Testing Faster
Thu, 22 Oct 2009 17:37:42 +0000
Fastest Inc. rapid connection tools are one of the best kept secrets in the industry. These unique connection tools have been around for over twenty five years, but very few people are aware of them and even fewer people understand how much time and money they can save by implementing them into their pressure testing, leak testing, filling, flushing, and pressure calibration processes.
Virtually every product manufactured needs to be tested for leaks. A faulty product which makes it to the customer can cause huge problems for the manufacturer. If they are lucky, a faulty product will only result in an unhappy customer and the loss of dollars to fix the problem. If the manufactured item is critical, the outcome may be much worse.
Fastest Inc. manufactures rapid connectors commonly referred to as pressure test fittings. They are designed to create a temporary seal on virtually any profile which includes threads, flares, tube end forms, plastic parts, tubing, valves, Male Luer fittings and many others. The primary value of the product is that it can be attached to the part being tested without the use of wrenches, tools, thread sealants, or Teflon tape. The standard product offering is rated to 5000 PSI while many connectors are rated to 10,000 PSI.
The connectors will improve test set up and dis-assembly time tenfold. They also offer the added benefit of reducing worker fatigue and virtually eliminating repetitive motion injuries commonly associated with testing products in high volume. One of my customers indicated that a single repetitive motion case brought by an employee could cost the company well over a million dollars!
We have used Fastest Inc. connection products for over twenty years and have solved literally hundreds of test stand and process bottlenecks over the years. Below, I have listed a few of the most common applications that can be satisfied with the product.
Gauge Testing – Manufacturers and users alike must calibrate their gauges to ensure accuracy and reliability. Fastest Inc. offers an excellent line of pressure Calibration Connection Tools for this job.
Leakage Valve – From ball valves to check valves to air valves to hydraulic valves, every single manufacturer must leak test their valves prior to shipment. Fastest has the answer with a multitude of products designed to cut this task down to size.
Fitting JIC – JIC or AN style fittings are very prevalent in the aircraft industry but they can be very time consuming to connect to for the purpose of performing a pressure test. Two wrenches are required, one to hold the jam nut and the second to tighten the swivel portion. Manufacturers which use these types of fittings are very concerned about thread damage or seat damage during the pressure test phase of their quality process. Fastest Inc. has designed a special series of connectors for Fitting JIC sizes from -4 through -12.
Coupling Quick – The ability to attach rapidly to quick disconnect fittings, hose couplings, hose barbs, sanitary fittings, and hydraulic adapters is paramount to those manufacturers which produce and need to test these items. We have used the Fastest Inc. Series 60 and Series 70 connectors to make the connection and testing process simple and straight forward for these manufacturers and their test stand operators.
Fitting flare Flare style fittings are used in so many industries and they can often be difficult to connect to and seal without using the mating fitting nut. The problem when using the mating nut is the potential to damage the threads, score the flare, or damage the nut seat can be very high. In order to avoid this, we have successfully used the Fastest MET and MIT series connectors to seal these types of fittings. The MET and MIT series connectors use an o-ring interface and over sized threads in order to completely remove the possibility of damaging the flare when connecting to the fitting for pressure or flow testing.
Please Contact Our Office If You Have Any Questions Or Require Additional Information.
A Division of Pacific Air Engineering, Inc.
26212 Dimension Drive, Suite 150
Lake Forest, CA 92630
ph. 949-680-4242, fax 949-680-4243