When it comes to welding, it’s not always about helmets and sparks. Kaempf and Harris gives you a glossary for the different types of welding in fabrication shops:
We’ve explained the difference between metal fabrication and welding, but do you really know about the latter technique? Kaempf and Harris looks into its history, industry projects, where it’s most popular in the United States, and more:
With the help of Metal Supermarkets, Aerospace Engineering, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Kaempf & Harris details the history of sheet metal fabrication in the aerospace industry:
From assembling to tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding, sheet metal fabrication techniques can be hard to keep track of. To help you understand the ins and outs of these methods, Kaempf & Harris is breaking down the basics of a newer skill, perforating:
With 2016 coming to a close, the experts at Kaempf & Harris take a look at some of the most anticipated trends and tools that will make their debut in the New Year:
Upon graduating from Walkersville High School, Keith Abrecht considered pursuing a career in farming, a family pastime. That was until one of his four brothers offered a different trade path.
Did you know that galvanization is the process of applying a protective zinc coating to steel or iron to prevent rusting? The most common method in sheet metal fabrication shops is hot-dip galvanizing. This is the process of submerging metal parts in a bath of molten zinc to protect the metal.
Bill Esarey grew up in the Cleveland area with sheet metal in his blood. His father spent more than 50 years in the industry as a sheet metal worker and small-scale contractor.
Maintaining a safe sheet metal shop work environment is critical to worker productivity and the profitability of any metal fabrication organization.
No matter where you are looking to find an apprenticeship, whether it is at the Frederick County Public Schools Career and Technology Center (CTE) or with the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program, skilled trade experts are going to ask you a few basic (and some tricky) interview questions. From your experience in sheet metal fabrication to how you handle stress and authority, make sure you have well-thought-out answers ready using Kaempf & Harris’ list of top inquiries for a sheet metal apprenticeship:
In 2004, China was the top producer of steel, an alloy that makes sheet metal fabrication possible. The country boasted 272.5 million metric tons (MMT), followed by Japan at 112.7 and the United States at 98.9.
Many people use fabricating and welding as interchangeable verbs, but that’s not quite the case. In its most basic sense, fabrication is the process of creating a project out of metal, and welding can be a singular operation during that process.
Did you know that fabricated metals are the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry when measured by employment? Our industry is also growing when it comes to production rate, revenue, projects, and shipments. Take a look at our complete list of recent sheet metal fabrication stats:
Steel is a low-carbon alloy that’s typically made of iron, tin, and carbon. With its ability to withstand corrosion (thanks to the inorganic compound chromium oxide), heat, and pressure, it’s one of the most popular metals in fabrication shops.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects skilled trade careers to increase faster than the national average this year. If that’s the case, why do most parents, educators, and guidance counselors avoid talking about trade careers as a viable option for students after high school?
Sheet metal fabrication can be a hard concept to grasp because there are many different processes and tools necessary to complete a project. To help you better understand what sheet metal fabrication is, which processes are used and which tools are necessary to get the job done, here is Kaempf & Harris’ quick glossary to basic sheet metal fabrication terms:
Local apprenticeships are a great way to begin your resume as a skilled trade worker. They come with weekly classes to cover the basics of your preferred trade and on-the-job training for hands-on experience. Skilled trade apprenticeships are a chance for students to earn while they learn, gaining education and experience. If you’re interested in local apprenticeships, here’s a helpful guide to opportunities near you:
Learn the tricks and tools of the sheet metal trade by attending industry events this year. Attendees will get the chance to network with peers, listen to keynote speakers, do hands-on demonstrations and look for new products and solutions for their local companies. Here are a few of the industry events you should attend:
A well-prepared sheet metal fabrication apprentice has all of the top tools of the trade ready to go. Their backpack should come with a 4 ½–inch angle grinder, various grinder disks, wire cutters, an auto-darkening helmet, welding glasses, a pair of combination wrenches, wire brushes, gloves, a jacket, and a chipping hammer -- or so some apprenticeships think.
There’s no doubt that science is fascinating, especially the periodic table. Did you know that Dmitry Mendeleyev, publisher of the periodic table, didn’t have time to describe all 63 then-known elements due to a looming deadline? That’s why he used atomic weights, which were actually gathered by other scientists.
We mentioned in another blog post that there’s an ongoing great debate about whether or not apprentices should purchase their own tools. However, no matter which side of the fence you stand on, there are a few tools of the trade that every sheet metal fabricator should own at any level of experience. Here’s a comprehensive list of the tools everyone in this business should own: