Automation Impacts Welding Profession

Posted By: Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME on April 18, 2018

When it comes to job openings for maintenance and repair workers, welding is one of the top four skills requested, according to Burning Glass TechnologiesLabor Insight Jobs report.

That’s not surprising since the welding industry is expected to face a shortage of 400,000 operators by 2024, our partners at the American Welding Society tell us. This is primarily due to the aging population of current welders and a skills gap of qualified employees to fill open positions.

It’s more important than ever to leverage investment in technology and people to fill this gap, especially as automation is changing the way manufacturing employees work – and creating brand new jobs for the workforce.

For instance, welders are not just laying seams but are needed to troubleshoot and create. They work closely with engineers to envision and develop better ways to approach new (and old) challenges.

In 2015, Tooling U-SME updated a 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.

We 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.

Today, more than 1 million welding classes have been assigned to students with nearly 190,000 completed.

We are helping manufacturers and educators plan for jobs that are early stage or don’t exist yet. For instance, the new generation of welders must master new robotic welding systems and be familiar with how to program them, analyze information from sensors, and more.

These changes bring tremendous opportunity for workers who can help streamline production processes and help their employers grow.

If you are attending the upcoming IndustryWeek Manufacturing and Technology Conference , make sure to catch Lincoln Electric’s CEO Chris Mapes who will present the keynote address, speaking about their success in this area.

Companies like Lincoln Electric are investing in advanced curriculum to train and maintain a qualified workforce as the demand for skilled welders continues to increase.

For a “seamless” transition, get ahead of the crisis by focusing on recruiting, training and retaining now, before it’s too late.

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