INA – The recent donation of more than $4,000 in welding gear from Lincoln Electric is a win-win for the company and students at Rend Lake College.
According to Curt Eggen, a technical representative with the company out of Earth City, Mo., the benefit from students having access to new equipment is obvious. However, the company is also excited to have their product in the hands of the future welding workforce.
“Lincoln Electric is happy to help in any way we can,” Eggen said. “We do a lot with schools in general and, with a shortage of welders today in the labor force, what better place to help than where the training starts – in schools like Rend Lake College.”
Two ready-to-go Lincoln Electric TIG welders, complete with accessories and hundreds of dollars in computer-based training material, were donated to RLC’s Applied Science and Technology Division Chair Sarah Bond and Welding Professor Dave Smith. The donation was made possible by Mike Freed, a manager with Centralia-based gas and welding equipment specialist Cee Kay Supply.
According to Eggen, other than a couple of demonstrations, the 2006 models are the latest available on the market.
“Anytime we can bring in newer models using the latest technology they have, the better,” Bond said. “While our machines are still functioning, they are more than 20 years old.”
Smith explained that the new machines will be used by welding technology students learning small diameter pipe work that is part of their powerhouse training at RLC. He added that training with the TIG welders will incorporate steel, aluminum and more.
The model uses Micro Start II technology to improve arc starting, welding and cratering. It also features engine pulse control and has built-in auto balance. A unique touch to the TIG 225 from Lincoln Electric is that it was designed with NASCAR officials.
“You can tell by the cup holders on top,” Eggen said.