Welding Instructors Help Students Gain Lifetime Skills
In a recent issue of Practical Welding Today magazine, an article discussed what qualities employers look for in a welder. One particular employer looked for technical skill level along with energy and good work ethics. He wanted someone who was not afraid to be hands-on and likes people who were curious – asking questions and wanting to know how and why something works. He said, “This is also the key to improving skills over time.”
It seems that employers want welders to continue their welding education, too. The article continues to say that one way to increase your knowledge of welding is to read at least one technical article or research paper a day. It also mentions that welders should not be afraid to say that they don’t know something. A welder will gain respect by advancing his/her skill level and knowledge.
Practical Welding Today’s July/August issue names PW Teacher of the Year, Jaime Shaker of Calumet Welding Center in Griffith, Indiana. The center is an intense training center with hands-on instruction led by Shaker. The founders of the center attended high school career fairs to sign students up, but saw that most of the students didn’t pay attention to their booth, which featured pipefitters, ironworkers, and boilermakers who make $40/hr. The students were not aware of how much money people in these jobs could make!
But the owners of the center knew there was an extreme shortage of welders in the region, so they pushed on. Today they have a large enrollment of students who receive a good foundation of skills that focus on the needs of the area – heavy plate, structure, and pressure vessel welding. But not only are students taught welding skills, they are taught to believe in themselves and to show people what they are capable of. These life lessons improve the job skill level of graduating welders, while helping to bolster the area’s welding workforce of highly paid, highly skilled welders.
Many welding education facilities use Clean Air America’s WeldStation 5 welding booths to train students. The WeldStation is a self-contained, compact welding booth that captures and filters out the smoke and dust so students breathe crystal clean air while in their working environment.