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Lincoln Electric Unveils New Welding Technology and Training Center

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018
 

Lincoln Electric officially has opened its Welding Technology and Training Center at its headquarters in Cleveland, OH. A March 21 ribbon-cutting highlighted the company’s expanded educational offering and commemorated the centennial anniversary of its welding school, reportedly the longest continuously running welding school in the world.

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The 130,000-sq.-ft. $30-million center focuses on training welding educators, engineers and industrial professionals from throughout the world. In fact, the center already has hosted students from as far away as South Africa and Indonesia, stated Jason Scales, business manager of education for Lincoln Electric at a grand-opening press conference. Besides basic courses and advanced technical welding training for professionals, the company and its new center provide a portfolio of turnkey educational solutions for use in launching welding training at customers’ own facilities. Lincoln’s education offerings include an extensive educational curriculum, virtual-reality and technology-assisted training tools, welding and cutting equipment and products, and robotic cells.

“Our educational offering and leadership in automation solutions provide meaningful solutions to address the skills gap and capacity constraints facing customers in our industry,” said Christopher L. Mapes, chairman, president and CEO of Lincoln Electric during grand-opening remarks to several hundred employees, students, educators and invited guests.

“We are committed to providing students and customers with the relevant skills and knowledge needed to support career and technical schools, advanced manufacturing, and infrastructure growth,” added Scales during his remarks. “Our education model will shape the next generation of welders, managers and industry leaders.”

The state-of-the art educational facility features 166 welding and cutting booths (more than doubling the capacity of Lincoln’s former onsite offerings), a virtual-reality training lab with 10 Vrtex virtual-reality welding simulators, extensive seminar and welding-school classroom space, and a 100-seat auditorium. Later in 2018, the center is expected to become an American Welding Society-accredited testing facility.

Lincoln Electric: www.lincolnelectric.com

 

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