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Career Connections: Weld Shop Supervisor

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(man) Komar Industries manufactures heavy duty shredding equipment, and they process waste material. They process medical, hazardous waste. We can supply systems that you only have to handle it off of the truck and onto a conveyor, and then it processes itself until it feeds through the machine and is ready for waste disposal or recycling. I was a welder when I started. I have an associate's degree in welding and fabrication. I'm an operating engineer. After I graduated from college, I moved here and got this job. To advance from a welder, you need to show that you have the initiative to become a fitter, and then there are several levels of being a fitter. You could be a fitter for parts, you could be a fitter for the main components of the machine. From there, then you would go to inspection. A high school student that wants to go into the manufacturing industry needs to be in a welding program, trying to advance their skills so that they have a better opportunity of becoming a welder in the state of Ohio. A typical component of Komar is, if we're going to make a piece, first we'd have to have the materials ready. We'd make sure we had the print in front of us so that we can double check that we make sure that we're tacking the part together correctly, and then check the print to make sure that we're using the proper weld sequence and putting the proper amount of weld on the part. Then it will be inspected, and from there, it'll go to our paint department, which I oversee that as well. From there, the paint preparation will take place, and then it'll be painted. Then we will inspect the paint after it comes out, then it goes to the assembly area to be put together. At Komar, we manufacture shredding equipment for the waste industry, the recycling industry, and the hazardous waste industry. The size is really relative to what industry we're servicing. Pilkington, their equipment shreds up-- they have boxes, and they have a lot of pallets because they process-- they do a lot of automotive industry-type things. When they purchased our machine, they went from having to dump their material ten times a day, to now having to dump their material once a day because our equipment shreds up the pallets and puts it into a container, and they've reduced their hauling costs by a factor of ten.

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A large percentage of welders work in manufacturing. Welders join metal pieces by applying heat to melt and fuse them to form a permanent bond. A supervisor of a welding shop provides information for those interested in this career. Part of the "Career Connections" series.

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Runtime: 4 minutes

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