The skilled labor shortage has welding manufacturers moving toward enhancements in safety and efficiency.


The art and skill of attempting to join two pieces of metal together has been part of construction since the Bronze Age when workers used heat and pressure to weld metal. Blacksmiths in the Middle Ages added forges and hammering to the welding process, but it took the Industrial Revolution in the late 1800s and World War I to spur the art of welding to the processes seen today.

Welding trends today are less about hammering and more about increased capabilities, better safety, cost containment, and training more welders to fill the skilled labor shortage.

Mary Ruth Johnsen, 26-year veteran of the American Welding Society and publisher of Welding Journal, says the shortage of experienced welders is driving the new product trends manufacturers are developing. “Welding equipment is getting simpler to operate so that a less experienced operator can get good results. With that are more point-of-use controls, built-in programs with preset weld parameters, semi-automatic and fully automatic processes.”


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