Press Release

As demand for skilled welders increase, and tools and technologies advance, companies look for advanced curriculum to train and maintain qualified workforce

(Cleveland, November 9, 2015) – Tooling U-SME, a leader in manufacturing learning and development, has released a new series of online welding training classes to prepare and equip workers to meet the rising demand for skilled welders. The organization is building upon its existing depth of training resources for all manufacturers to provide welding professionals with the knowledge and skills required to operate advanced tools and technologies.

The welding industry will face a shortage of 290,000 operators by 2020, primarily due to the aging population of current welders and a skills gap of qualified employees to fill open positions. Tooling U-SME facilitates progress in the manufacturing community by helping companies leverage investment in technology and people. The organization developed the new series of welding classes out of the need to train, grow and maintain a competitive workforce that can effectively work with welding technologies. These classes offer additional multimedia enhancements and engagement to deliver users with a rich learning experience. Tooling U-SME intends to increase the number of offerings by 32 classes before the end of this year.

For more than 80 years, Tooling U-SME has been an authority in training and workforce development for the manufacturing industry. In addition to competency-based learning for all levels of manufacturing employees, educators use Tooling U-SME products and services to augment their learning plans, which allows instructors to devote more time to hands-on instruction. The organization’s suite of products and services include more than 500 online classes, 60 instructor-led courses, hundreds of books and videos, certification, learning and development consultation, and custom content.

“We answered the call from the welding community to provide state-of-the-art training that aligns with today’s industry standards, specifically American Welding Society SENSE standards,” said Chad Schron, division manager, Tooling U-SME. “We’ve introduced these training classes to give welding professionals a competitive edge in this market, as well as to ensure companies have the workforce needed to help them succeed.”

To further build the capabilities of today’s and tomorrow’s workforce, Tooling U-SME partnered with Lincoln Electric – a leader in the design, development and manufacture of welding products – on class programming to ensure students are learning from a curriculum based on the latest industry criteria.

“With so many advancements in the manufacturing industry, it’s important that training lives in the digital space where students and instructors have immediate access to updated lessons and materials,” said Jason Scales, manager of Educational Services at Lincoln Electric. “By collaborating with Tooling U-SME, we helped develop a welding curriculum that effectively demonstrates the practical use of the latest cutting-edge tools and technologies in a format easily accessible to users.”

To date, more than 150,000 welding classes have been delivered to nearly 30,000 students through Tooling U-SME.

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About Tooling U-SME
Tooling U-SME delivers versatile, competency-based learning and development solutions to the manufacturing community, working with more than half of all Fortune 500® manufacturing companies, as well as educational institutions across the country. Tooling U-SME partners with customers to build high performers who help their companies drive quality, productivity, innovation and employee satisfaction. A division of SME, an organization that connects people to manufacturing solutions, Tooling U-SME can be found at or follow @ToolingU on Twitter.

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Oneika Mobley, Tooling U-SME
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