Careers in Welding Trailer
Since 2011, the AWS Careers in Welding Trailer has been a driving force for welding education and career development. The 53-foot single-expandable trailer provides visitors with a unique learning experience. Its wide array of hands-on exhibits engages the senses and sparks an interest in the welding industry.
There are several interactive exhibits on board the trailer. Each exhibit is different and focuses on an individual aspect of welding. With so much to see and do, visitors can easily spend a few hours inside. The difficult part is deciding where to begin.
Here are some of the trailer’s most popular exhibits:
- The Lincoln Electric VRTEX 360 Welders
The five VRTEX 360 welders are the trailer’s main attraction. These virtual welders allow visitors to jump into welding. The sights, sounds, and real-world environments create an immersive experience which shows participants what welding is all about.
- The Social Media Kiosk
The Social Media Kiosk lets visitors document their experience on the trailer. Users are able to take a set of four pictures via webcam. Once the pictures are processed, they are able to send them to their email and share them on social media.
- The Pressure Vessel and Welding Coupons
The trailer’s pressure vessel and six welding coupons show how welding is used in everyday applications. The pressure vessel was welded using multiple processes and positions. The coupons were welded in multiple positions.
These exhibits, along with everything else on the trailer, give visitors a well-rounded experience; they should leave with a better understanding of welding, and an appreciation for the people who do it.
Why is the Trailer Important?
The trailer was started with one goal in mind; to attract more people to the welding field. By 2025, the industry will suffer a shortage of 400,000 welders. Despite this significant loss, welders can still make a lot of money for the work they do. An entry level welder can make around $25,000 to $50,000 a year. For some people, the trailer is their first look into a career that is both exciting and financially rewarding.
Where does the Trailer Go?
The AWS Careers in Welding Trailer has been to over 25 states and Canada since its first tour in 2011. With an average of over 11,000 miles driven each year, the trailer definitely covers a lot of ground. The annual tour schedule will change from year to year, but it still makes an impact on its visitors wherever it goes.
2019 Tour Schedule
|Apr 2-7||SUN n' FUN Fly-In & Expo||Lakeland, FL|
|Apr 10||American Welding Society Centennial Community Event||Miami, FL|
|Apr 12-14||Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show||Brooksville, FL|
|Jul 27-28||Detroit Maker Faire||Dearborn, MI|
|Aug 2-4||Sioux Empire Fair||Sioux Falls, SD|
|Aug 8-11||Illinois State Fair||Springfield, IL|
|Aug 15-18||Upper Peninsula State Fair||Escanaba, MI|
|Aug 22-25||Minnesota State Fair||St. Paul, MN|
|Sep 10-12||Husker Harvest Days||Grand Island, NE|
|Sep 17-19||OSU Farm Science Review||London, OH|
|Oct 4-6||BSA Peterloon||Loveland, OH|
|Oct 15-17||Sunbelt Ag Expo||Moultrie, GA|
|Oct 21||Chattanooga State Community College||Chattanooga, TN|
|Oct 23||Tennessee College of Applied Tech-Nashville||Nashville, TN|
|Oct 24||Arkansas State University Mid-South||Memphis, TN|
|Oct 30-Nov 1||FFA National Expo||Indianapolis, IN|
More events to be announced soon
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