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Boilermakers embrace emerging welding technology

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Members of L-92 train on the Miller PipeWorx 350 FieldPro. Front row, l. to r., Antonio Cardoso; Michael Ndipagbor; Leausa Finau; Karla Baeza; Oscar Davila, L-92 president and training instructor; Edwin Bogner, Miller Electric; Joe Acorn; and Tyler Rosenbaum.

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Members of L-92 learn flux-core welding using Regulated Metal Deposition, which can cut weld times by as much as 50 percent.

Local 92 meets increasing demand for qualified craftsmen

LOCAL 92 (LOS ANGELES) is embracing new technology to stay attractive to contractors in a highly competitive market and to meet increased demand for qualified welders in California. For the past two years, L-92 has trained journeymen and qualified fourth-year apprentices in flux-core welding using PipeWorx 350 FieldPro, a regulated metal deposition (RMD™) system, according Oscar Davila, L-92 president and training instructor.

RMD™, a modified short-circuit MIG process, produces high-quality welds on the root pass with a stable arc. It also significantly cuts welding time by eliminating back purge on certain alloys. Davila said training takes about a week, and that the response has been good, because members are excited to learn new technology as it becomes available.

Davila noted the training has put L-92 workers in high demand, because three major contractors are already using FieldPro, and a lot of others are considering it. He said there is a growing demand for qualified welders in California. He attributes the continued increase to a new California state law requiring at least 60 percent of workers in the state’s 19 refineries be graduates of an apprenticeship program certified by the state. He expects L-92 to grow significantly — around double the current 600 members — making training in current and emerging technologies even more vital.

Locals  L-92
Reporter  V56N2
Published on the Web: June 16, 2017

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