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Statewide Tour of Manufacturing

September 30, 2016

Each October, manufacturers and colleges across the state open their doors to provide students, parents, and the public the chance to learn about modern manufacturing. The Dream It. Do It. Minnesota Statewide Tour of Manufacturing gives participants the opportunity to see how modern manufacturing is high-tech and innovative, and how STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills are put into practice every day in manufacturing.

Tours take place throughout the month of October, however most tours will occur during Minnesota Manufacturing Week, October 2-8.

Tour of Manufacturing

Every year, tour participants have their eyes opened to just how amazing modern manufacturing is in Minnesota. Participants also learn about the many different careers in manufacturing.

In fact, according to the results from the 2015 Statewide Tour of Manufacturing post-event event survey:

  • 83% of those who attended said they were interested in manufacturing careers.
  • 90% were more aware of manufacturing careers.
  • 80% thought manufacturing careers were “good.”

The Statewide Tour of Manufacturing is FREE to host and FREE to attend!

Building a Workforce, One Student at a Time

September 21, 2016


According to the Star Tribune, state manufacturers are reporting difficulty in hiring for two-thirds of available jobs and the challenge has become training and recruiting. Ideally, employers say, students should train on state-of-the-art equipment and sometimes on specific brands of machinery. And schools should have close relationships with employers.

Star Tribune Manufacturing Article

Read the full Star Tribune article: Minnesota Manufacturers Look for Personal Touch to Fill Jobs

AWS Weld Quality Clinic at Saint Paul College

September 13, 2016

Experienced production welders, welding supervisors, and managers:

Attend a customized four-hour interactive seminar that provides attendees the knowledge and skills to consistently make quality welds per American Welding Society’s AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code for steel and MIL STD 248. Participants can then test for AWS D1.1 during the afternoon for the cost of $200 which includes the test and test coupon. Successful completers will be certified - not just qualified - to AWS D1.1. The Weld Quality clinic will focus on MIG welding and participants will be provided with practice and test coupons. A 3/8” plate will be used which will certify participants for 1/8” up to 3/4”. A Saint Paul College Welding Lab will be used for the testing.


AWS Weld Quality Clinic

Click the image above to view/download the full event flyer

Participants will be able to test in one of 3 positions:
• Flat
• Horizontal (will qualify them for Flat and Horizontal)
• Vertical Up (will certify them in all 3 positions)


Did You Know...Bob Dylan is a welder?

June 21, 2016

Did you know that Bob Dylan is a welder? It's true!

Influential musician Bob Dylan keeps welding supplies at his home in Malibu where he makes ornate iron gates out of scrap metal. This makes sense considering he was raised in the Mesabi Iron Range of Minnesota. As Dylan says, "I’ve been around iron all my life ever since I was a kid. I was born and raised in iron ore country — where you could breathe it and smell it every day. And I’ve always worked with it in one form or another."

There was even an exhibition of Dylan’s art — paintings as well as his iron work — on display at London’s Halcyon Gallery a few years ago, which you can view online.

Did you know... Bob Dylan is a welder

Bob Dylan welds iron gates

Images courtesy of John Shearer/22 Words

And, just in case Bob Dylan hasn't convinced you to enter the welding field, maybe this will: The average salary of a welder in Minnesota is $39,970 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Check out the welding career pathways offered by MnAMP colleges to find one that's right for you!



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