(HARLAN) Harlan Community High School Ag Students are soon to be on the cutting edge when it comes to welding.
Dan Leinen, Ag Instructor at HCHS, said he had been researching a computer software program for the last 18 months and came upon a company that has accepted Harlan School as a test program for the virtual welding program.
“I made the final contact in St. Louis, they were at the trade show and we visited at great length, and we were told at that time that we were an approved beta school, they have the alpha's and beta's, and we're the ones that are actually going to put it in a classroom and have the kids go through it and find out what's good and what's not good and then provide the feedback so that when they go to market in March or April then they'll be available,” said Leinen.
Leinen said the program comes with some software and hardware that is linked up to the computer to do wire feed, stick feed, and welding on the computer screen. The software measures everything from the welding speed to the angle speed, heat penetration, depth of weld and strength of weld.
Leinen said with the huge demand for welders, this program is a great benefit for the students. “Iowa State did some research and found out that for certification purposes, this type of welding training actually proves to be more significant as far as the kids are concerned. They actually do better going through the virtual before they go into the wire welding because they have a lot less hang-ups.”
Leinen said this program usually costs around $50,000 and they were able to get it for around $3,500. He said with this program there will be a ton of savings in metal supplies and things that they would normally discard after they’re done.