Meeting Demand for Skilled Welders Requires New Training Solutions
Chad Schron, Senior Director, Tooling U-SME on
April 14, 2020
Demand for welders is on the rise. From rebuilding bridges to manufacturing
cars, skilled welders are needed to advance the economy. But what happens
if there aren’t enough welding experts to do the job?
It’s concerning that the United States will need more than 450,000 welding
professionals by 2022, according to the American Welding Society (AWS).
Now is the time to shore up welding training, so that workers can take
advantage of this rewarding career that offers good pay and benefits.
However, employers face several challenges in meeting demand for skilled
As with many roles in the manufacturing industry, welders today face a very
different environment than generations before. There are different levels
of welding training: workers can earn
welding certifications, associate degrees and bachelor’s degrees. Automation has turned welding
into a high-tech skill. Plus, advancements in materials, processes and
equipment are transforming these jobs, as well. So, what does all this mean
for welding training programs?
Welding Curriculum Must Adapt
Back in 2015, Tooling U-SME introduced a series of online welding courses
to give welding professionals a competitive edge and to ensure
manufacturers could meet demand for welders. As the industry has evolved,
so have these welding courses.
Last year, we announced a new partnership with our long-time collaborator
Lincoln Electric — a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of welding
products. The partnership provides an extensive and more user-friendly
welding curriculum to welding instructors, educational institutions and
In addition to online welding courses, we have expanded our curriculum to
include a comprehensive set of welding education tools, such as:
With Lincoln Electric, we can reach welding training instructors and
training authorities to help develop a strong welding workforce, ensuring
individuals learn from curriculum aligned with current industry standards.
Building Career Pathways for Welders
Another way Tooling U-SME is addressing the demand for welders is through
our Turnkey Training, a quick-start, progressive training roadmap that helps manufacturers build career pathways for employees.
Available for a variety of job roles, Turnkey Training leverages insights
from manufacturing experts to enhance existing on-the-job training and
support the creation of job progression plans. For welding training,
employers have access to self-paced, online welding courses that typically
take 60 minutes to complete. That means busy, in-demand employees can
progress through a job role in one year, with as little as four hours a
month spent on online training.
Whether you have demand for senior welders or entry-level hires, Turnkey
Training can help. Online welding courses focus on welding fundamentals as
well as advanced welding training topics. Simply mix and match course
offerings to develop personal job progression paths that make sense for
your workers and your company.
With manufacturers from industries including automotive and aerospace
driving demand for skilled welders, the time is right to invest in a
welding training program. Companies that build long-term career pathways
for welding employees will be best positioned to meet current and future
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