September 2017 Meeting Announcement

 

Greetings AWS Colorado Section,
Below are the details of our upcoming meeting.

DATE and TIME:
Thursday, September 14, 2017
6:00 PMPM

LOCATION:
Radisson Denver Central
4849 Bannock St.
Denver, CO 80216

SCHEDULE:
Dinner will start at 6:00 PM
The meeting will start after dinner

RSVP:
Please RSVP to:
Marj Oliver at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Bob Teuscher at 303-893-3602

On September 14, 2017 come learn how a simple young man with a high school education advanced in the Construction & Engineering industry through continuous self-improvement and recognizing & pursuing opportunities; became internationally published by age 32, and leads a Construction Quality division overseeing projects across the country valued as high as $1.3 billion dollars. In the process of his career he has established a road map to success in the construction industry that can be accomplished by anyone in any trade with dedication, drive and a willingness to push beyond your comfort zone.

As kids, we all dreamed of growing up and becoming something bigger than ourselves, whether it be a fireman, policeman, a doctor, an astronaut or even a super hero. As a child, these same things came into my little boy fantasies, but the one I fantasized the most about growing up was to become welder like my dad. In my little boy mind, I looked at my father as a super hero with the costume and all. He got to wear long cuffed leather gloves, a specialized hood that covered his face, at times leather sleeves and there was even a specialized hat that could be worn frontwards, backwards, or turned over one ear when duty called and on top of all that he even had a specialized truck that was always on call. He had the power to control electricity while at the same time manipulate molting metal in his hands, and beware if you’re nearby when it was time for him to use his super powers because the only warning he would give the bystanders was….’Watch Your Eyes’.

Laws have changed since I was young man, back then I got to spend my summers as an early teen buffing, grinding, ditch digging and learning how to hold things just right just so I could say the word that instantly engaged his powers….’Tack’.

I can remember the first time I noticed my father gleam with pride; he was asked to show up at a designated welder testing site since the area oil companies in and around Hobbs, NM had decided to test the local welders. The test that was performed was a 2-inch heavy wall in 6G, my father of course finished his coupon in record time and asked the test facilitators if it was ok if his son/welders helper could do a test using his machine. The facilitators where kind enough to entertain the idea since the failure rate was rising throughout the day and what was one more set of coupons. With knots in my stomach and my nerves telling me to run & hide under the truck, I struck an arc and continuously reminded myself of the fundamentals I had been taught. Although I did not finish my coupons nearly as fast as my seasoned father had, I did finish and by the end of the day the results of the group being tested was released. Approximately 15 welders failed and 4 passed, my father and I where 2 of the 4 that had passed. I did it!!! Around the time I was old enough to receive my driver’s license I had become a Certified Welder, but little did I know at the time, this was just the beginning of something I could have never imagined.

The love and mysteries of this profession has never left me and to this day I am still learning new and exciting things. I have never forgotten or under appreciated the gift my father gave to me, a gift that is my duty to share with others.

We hope to see you there!
  Sincerely,

The AWS Colorado Section Board