In response to a shortage of skilled welders among employers in the area, M State has created a 53-foot mobile welding lab that can provide on-site training at businesses and industries throughout the region or at any of the college’s four campuses.
M State’s Custom Training Services partnered with Rural Minnesota CEP to offer the 160-hour training, which can be adapted to fill the needs of specific employers. Training takes place in an adapted cold storage grocery semi-trailer, converted to a 12-station training site by welding instructor Josh Heibel.
G.L. Tucker, M State’s dean of CTS, said the decision to provide mobile welding training was driven by a demand for welders that has grown during the economic recovery.
“The training can be customized to meet the needs of any company, and we can move the mobile lab anywhere,” Tucker said.
Two training sessions have been completed this summer, one for the Minnesota Department of Transportation in Fergus Falls and the other for Rural Minnesota CEP in Detroit Lakes. Another session will be sponsored by Rural Minnesota CEP in Little Falls in August.
The trailer’s training stations are outfitted with equipment to teach gas metal arc welding, fluxed cored arc welding, gas tungsten art welding and shielded metal arc welding. The training includes classroom time for learning process theory and application, print reading, weld symbols, basic math and American Welding Society codes.
After completing the course, students will be able to test for AWS certification.
Due to the demand for skilled welders, Tucker said M State is also considering the creation of a one-year program in welding.
For more information about customized welding training, contact Tucker at 218-849-0243 or firstname.lastname@example.org.