Long-Time Partnership with Lincoln Electric Allows School to Train Students on the Latest Welding Technology
“We’ve enjoyed a reputation for having a strong welding program, but with the nationwide shortage of skilled welders and the hits the automotive industry has taken, especially in this area, we knew it was time to take our program to the next level,” he explains.
“We worked hand-in-hand with Lincoln Electric to determine what equipment we needed to ensure our experienced instructors were arming their students with the skills and expertise to be competitive in a tight job market,” Morse says.
The result was a 9,000-square-foot welding lab. Plans were also developed for expansion in the near future. This welding lab is ground zero for LCC’s one-year certification and two-year associate degree.
The school curriculum includes courses such as blueprint reading, metallurgy, SMAW (stick), GMAW (MIG), GTAW (TIG), gas/brazing, structural fabrication, pipe welding, tool and die welding, aircraft welding, rigging and construction/industrial safety.
“Whenever possible, we want our students to be exposed to the latest technology and processes. They need to be able to stand out in a very competitive job market,” says Lindquist, who is a Certified Welding Inspector and had been teaching at the school for more than 20 years. “By partnering with Lincoln Electric, we're able to ensure our students have the best foundation possible.”
Reaching into the Community
In building one of the country’s leading welding programs, Lansing Community College has been able to successfully expand its offerings beyond the borders of its traditional program.
First, the college partners with the Eaton Intermediate School District to serve as its career center. This involves more than 900 students taking classes at LCC each year, including welding.
Additionally, the school provides AWS (American Welding Society) welding certification for the Michigan Department of Transportation.
“We would be hard-pressed to stay current without the support of Lincoln Electric,” Morse states. “They’ve helped us build a great program, which has allowed us establish Lansing Community College as one of the top schools in the country.”