Lincoln Electric, along with the American Association of Community Colleges and the National Coalition of Advanced Technology, celebrated National Welding Month in April with The Future of Welding Summit 2017.  

The two-day event was held at the Wyndham Hotel in Cleveland and at Lincoln Electric’s headquarters nearby, and gathered more than 50 representatives from 40 technical and community colleges as well as the American Welding Society.

“The Welding Summit was an amazing chance to experience the ‘Disneyland of welding’ in person,” said attendee Tom Crampton, executive dean of regional technology initiatives at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan. “Seeing the different types of welding education tools gives me numerous ideas to take home and things that I want to do in my own program.”

At Lincoln Electric’s headquarters, guests were invited to sessions on mechanized systems for pipe shop welding, robotic systems for controlled aluminum welding and compact multiprocess advanced welding systems for schools and shops. Attendees also learned about the company’s Power Wave welders, which are equipped with web-based Checkpoint production monitoring software.

“This event gives Lincoln Electric the opportunity to build a relationship between AACC, its member schools and our company,” said Jason Scales, business manager for educational products and services at Lincoln Electric. “We want to work together to create optimized talent pipelines for real jobs in every region and industry.”

The welding summit is designed to keep educators up to date on the latest manufacturing and contractor technology, and to familiarize them with the latest products being used in the welding industry.

“Programs like this are crucial because manufacturers are asking for skilled and knowledgeable prospective employees,” said Patrick Henry, corporate director of education services at the American Welding Society. “This helps us educate the instructors on what is necessary in today’s world. Creating viable programs for economic development in regions across the country is a must to build a knowledgeable, skilled workforce.”