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Having students new to welding start off on the VRTEX also
provides an additional safety benefit.
“Walking up to a welding booth for the first time can be
intimidating with the spatter, fume, and darkness under the
welding helmet,” Coleman adds. “It’s great to be able to get
people to understand the concepts and the movements before
they actually step into a real welding booth.”
Commitment To Training
Along with the new training center’s opening, Lincoln
Electric also announced its newest education initiative — the
Lincoln Electric Education Partner Schools (LEEPS) program.
This multi-tiered program supports welding instructors at
every level — from junior high school to technical college and
beyond. At each level, participating instructors may obtain
Lincoln Electric qualifications and other benefits by meeting
specific program requirements. In addition, schools that meet
key requirements may become Authorized Training Facilities,
authorizing the school to run Lincoln Electric seminars.
LEEPS keeps instructors current and relevant within the
welding industry by integrating a professional development
system into the program. This provides value to both
instructors and administrators at participating schools.
“The manufacturing industry will need skilled and
knowledgeable welders in the years and decades ahead,”
says Jason Scales, Lincoln Electric’s business manager,
education. “Lincoln Electric is committed to supporting and
advancing welding education. The LEEPS program is a critical
component in the ongoing process of preparing educators for
advancing welding’s future.”
In addition to the one-week to 20-week comprehensive
welding courses, the new Welding & Technology Training
Center will foster professional development in the industry by
providing industrial training programs and specialized training
programs for customers.
“What we want people to understand is that we are opening
the doors of this education facility with a mindset of having a
group of courses, but those courses might not be the same in
six or 12 months,” Scales says. “We ask, ‘what does industry
need and what can we provide to help perpetuate industry?’ If
that means we have to have a quick reaction, provide training,
professional development, we're going to do it. No questions
asked. There really isn't a secret, we're just not afraid to
explore what we don't know and what the industry needs
For more information about the Lincoln Electric Welding
Technology & Training Center, visit http://education.
See additional stats about the new Lincoln Electric Welding
Technology & Training Center in the infographic on page 15.
Lincoln Electric equipment was used in the
construction of the Welding Technology & Training
Center. (Lincoln Electric photo)