Entering its second century, the welding profession is maturing, with many employers requiring more exposure to robotic automation, advanced equipment, exotic materials, specialized code certification, theory, welding procedure specifications and more. With advances and specialization, there is a growing need for welders who understand more than how to hold a torch and join metal.
As a result, public, private and skilled trade schools at every level are developing new education programs to designed to deliver the workforce industry is demanding today to remain globally competitive. In parallel, the need for skilled welding instructors and appropriate curriculum is growing as workforce development partnerships take hold and federal and state grant funds become available.
7 Essential Components of a Successful Welding Program
1. Curriculum – A well-designed welding program will include curriculum that covers technique, industry trends, and introductions to the different areas of welding.
2. Training Equipment – welding is a hands-on course, so real world training opportunities are a must. Training equipment should include an introduction to ARC welding, TIG welding, MIG welding, and FCAW welding.
3. Welding Safety -- For an ARC welder, safety practices and personal protective equipment, when used properly, protect against potential hazards. A robust training program will inform and remind students about safe shop welding practices.
4. Hands-On Practice – Many welding programs teach with a mix of virtual and hands-on training. Welding simulators, like the RealWeld Trainer will teach essential skills in a controlled environment, while Robotic Education Cell 2.0 will educate students on robotics in welding.
5. Apprenticeship Opportunities – Different techniques widely vary in the field. Pairing an inexperienced welder with a more seasoned professional will allow students to gain industry knowledge while working toward certification. Apprenticeships often set up long-standing mentor relationships.
6. Certification – industry recognized credentials, like certifications offered by Lincoln Electric, will add credibility to students as they enter the workforce.
7. Career Connections – According to Chron, welders have a strong career outlook in the coming years, anticipating 15% growth in the field. Welding programs should have strong ties to the local workforce and supply a steady stream of qualified labor to local employers.
Welding programs are a significant part of Career and Technical Education. Need help assessing your program? Contact Moss for a free consultation or to set up a live demonstration*.
*Demonstrations available in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota.
2/9/2016 03:46:54 pm
With welding, you can do a lot with it. There is also a lot that can go wrong if you don't have the right equipment. You need to always wear the proper safety equipment. This way, you can prevent harm to yourself since you are dealing with extreme heat. Teaching people about safety should be the first step.
Andy, you are absolutely correct - safety is always the first (and primary) consideration! At Moss, we work with Lincoln Electric to provide safe and effective welding training. Most solutions begin with virtual welding, which is much safer and easier to manage. Educators can control when they feel it is right to introduce students to actual welding equipment...usually after they have mastered the fundamentals and understand the safety considerations. Great comment!
3/2/2016 06:14:23 am
Very Informative blog. I really like this welding programme, specially the point “welding safty”. Thanks for sharing such great post…
5/1/2017 06:22:56 pm
I like that you said that different techniques vary in welding. If I needed to get industrial welding done I would want to make sure it was done professionally. I'll need to ask someone that I trust for help finding a professional that could help me.
6/12/2017 05:47:47 am
Very interesting insight. I believe in professionals so this is a very useful article for everyone. Thank you very much for sharing..
3/21/2018 05:20:59 pm
It is important that a good welding program have the proper equipment and safety measures. This is a huge part of learning the trade. With the up to date equipment you will be better prepared for the real world.
4/4/2018 06:29:28 pm
I like what you said about career connections for welding. This is a great way to make sure that those who are involved in welding have options for jobs. My brother might like this as he looks for a service that can weld for him.
4/12/2018 03:39:14 pm
My cousin is thinking of learning how to weld and I am glad that I found this article because I had no idea that there are so many factors to a welding program. The fact that you say welding programs include hands-on practice in a controlled environment would be perfect for my cousin because he likes to learn by doing things. Also, it makes sense that there should be internship and apprenticeship opportunities in good welding programs because you can gain industry knowledge and build mentor relationships.
9/27/2018 02:19:22 am
Nice Article about essential components of a welding program in the 21st century. I am very thankful to you and your blog. Thanks for sharing this type of blog.
9/28/2018 06:14:20 pm
It's fascinating to learn that welding programs are expanding to include such diverse areas as robotic automation and exotic materials as well as the standard safety certifications. I would imagine that if you want to have a specific job, you would want to customize your welding program to specialize in that one area. It would be interesting to see what customization and specialization is available at different trade schools.
6/25/2019 03:43:45 pm
Thanks for pointing out some essential components a welding program should have. I like that you mentioned that a good welding program should have a lot of hands-on practice. My husband is considering becoming a welder and I think that having a lot of hands-on action would help make sure that he was going to know what he was doing after he graduated.
6/28/2019 12:55:08 pm
Thanks for these tips on welding. Having the right equipment for welding would be pretty important. If I were to ever try welding, I would want new and up-to-date equipment to make sure I was welding in a safe manner.
5/29/2020 09:01:28 am
You've got a nice infographic here about welding. You need to have up-to-date equipment if you want to succeed in welding.
10/26/2020 09:02:48 pm
With today's modern construction and fabrication, we know that metal is the most used in every house and building. A professional welder is the most in-demand in today's construction work because having a miss calculation in your welding projects could compromise all the projects.
3/10/2021 10:59:03 am
Greetings! Very helpful advice within this article! It is the little changes that produce the most important changes. Many thanks for sharing!
10/27/2021 09:09:23 pm
I like how you mentioned that there is a growing need for welders who understand more than how to hold a torch and join metal. My cousin mentioned to me last night that he wants to pursue his career being a welder and asked me if I have any idea what is the best option to do to start learning about welding. Thanks to this informative article and I'll be sure to tell him that it will be much better if he consults a well-known welding school as they can answer all his inquiries and will guide you throughout the process.
11/4/2021 09:03:12 pm
I like how you mentioned that industry trends, techniques are included in a curriculum that covers introductions to the different areas of welding. My uncle mentioned to me last night that he is hoping to find a welding service because their metal fence is broken and asked if I have any idea what is the best option to do. Thanks to this informative article and I'll be sure to tell him that he can consult a trusted structural steel welding company as they can answer all his inquiries.
11/15/2021 09:25:43 am
I want to get some metal walls put together, but I'm going to need to weld it properly. It makes sense that working with a professional would be important! I'll be sure to work with a professional to help me out with things.
11/15/2021 03:42:23 pm
It's good to know that a good welding school will have lots of apprenticeship opportunities. I have a nephew that is trying to find a welding school. I'll make sure he knows these tips!
12/28/2021 10:45:29 am
I'll be sure to hire a welder that has the curriculum. Maybe there is a welder near me with the right qualifications. Perhaps I can get a professional to help me out with this.
I like how you mentioned that you can have real world training opportunities when you go to welding school. I have a cousin who wants to pursue his career being a welder and asked me if I have any idea what is the best option to do to start learning about welding. Thanks to this informative article, I'll be sure to tell him that it will be much better if he consults a well-known welding school as they can answer all his inquiries and will guide you throughout the process.
3/18/2022 09:23:14 am
I found it interesting when you said many welding programs combine virtual and hands-on instruction. Welding simulators, such as the RealWeld Trainer, will teach critical skills in a controlled setting, while the Robotic Education Cell 2.0 will teach students about welding robots. I used to think differently about this and now it makes more sense. What you said about welder was really interesting to me.
3/28/2022 02:12:42 am
It made sense when you mentioned that real-world training practices must be highlighted since welding is a hands-on job. My friend is working on a project that needs custom welding. She told me that she's looking for a company that can execute the welding outcome that they need for the project.
Thanks for helping me understand that various kinds of training equipment is needed in the course so that they have an idea of the real-world tasks they will have. With that in mind, those who wants to pursue a career in this industry should make sure that the institution they are going to will have such machines like the Lincoln electric equipment and more. In my opinion, it will definitely be for their safety and mastery of the device to ensure that they handle them correctly, especially when there are risks when doing welding tasks.
7/28/2022 03:37:22 am
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12/2/2022 07:07:18 am
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12/10/2022 05:21:17 am
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