Skilled welders are more in demand than ever before. The American Welding Society estimates that by 2020 – just two years away – there will be a shortage of 290,000 professionals, including inspectors, engineers, welders and teachers.
For welding instructors and trainers, launching a new welding program, or reinventing a current one, can seem like a daunting task. There are a lot of questions to ask including what equipment will help students the most, and what curriculum is out there to help you get started.
We’ve used feedback from welding instructors across the country to develop the Welding Solutions Implementation Guide, which will help you to walk through all of these questions and more.
The four key areas that have been identified as key to the 21st Century Welding Classroom are:
- Explore careers, foundational learning, provide more arc time
- A safe, cost-effective way to teach welding fundamentals
- Corrective guides, immediate feedback, classroom management
- A one-of-a-kind solution for guidance inside the welding helmet during live welding
- Assessment and correction techniques, quality inspection
- An instructional aid to teach weld defects and discontinuities
- Prepare for careers, self-assessment
- Challenge students to test their own welds and determine what went wrong