Virtual Welder Aids Apprenticeship TrainingPosted on July 18, 2016, by Jennifer Klitzke
Finishing Trades Institute-Upper Midwest (FTI-UM) applied for a $50,000 grant in partnership with Empirehouse and three other glazing companies to fund a Virtual Welder for students. On June 13, 2016, the grant for this welding simulator was approved by the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Board. The Virtual Welder will help those who are learning basic to advanced welding skills, help instructors test and measure their progress throughout their apprenticeship, and help journeymen who are continuing their education.
According to the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades DC 82 News: Instructor Tony Osborne said, “I’m looking forward to implementing this new technology into our programs. To be able to get an immediate reading on a student’s progress will help me as an instructor to correct travel angle and speed problems. I appreciate our employers working in partnership with us to get the funding.”
Empirehouse is proud to encourage the next generation of glaziers and fabricators into this rewarding line of career work which is in great demand as this generation retires.