NATM regularly fields calls from end-users regarding issues with their trailers, built by both member and non-member companies. In recent years, the Association has noticed a trend in complaints pertaining to welds. With the current labor shortage, especially for skilled trades, having a resource for training welders can be invaluable. Although welding specifications are not a part of the NATM Compliance Verification Program, it is important to ensure your products are properly welded.
Each Airgas class is 50% classroom and 50% hands-on discovery. The course teaches welding as a science requiring precise measurement and control of inputs to achieve consistent quality output. Focused on the quality and economic aspects of welding, attendees also discover a new way to improve the bottom line. Coursework supports efforts to implement “lean” principles and continuous process improvements. Attendees will come away with a proven methodology for making improvements to your company’s processes and making them stick. The course is designed for decision makers and engineers, including CFOs, quality directors, procurement professionals, line managers, and business owners.
Airgas’ “Unlocking the Hidden Costs of Welding” course is discounted for NATM members to just $800 per attendee. Classes are offered in Stow, OH, Bessemer, AL, and Tulsa, OK. Each location provides lunch each day, with a hosted dinner on one of the evenings. Group hotel rates are also available.
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“It was, to say the least, some of the best money we have ever spent on educational opportunities and training. After the conclusion of the first day we were aware that we were in for the education of our lives,” said Sterlin N. Jensen, President/COO, of Richards Sheet Metal Works, Inc.
“The instructors genuinely connect with the processes and applications being applied in your company and tailor the course to assist you in generating results that you can take home and apply,” said Jim Henry, Operations Manager, of Topeka Metal Specialties.
“The cost of over welding by only 1/16 in weld size was unbelievable. Fortunately, with the charts provided…I can effectively demonstrate to our welders and managers the importance of not accepting our cliché of ‘more is better’. This concept is nothing new, but now with the evidence that argument has substance,” said Wayne Tolley, Welding Manufacturing Engineer of Terex.
For more information or to sign up, please contact Bill.Pharmer@airgas.com.