May 13, 2008 | By Ernest A. Benway
AWS predicts that by 2010, the demand for skilled welders will outstrip supply by 200,000. One means of addressing the shortage is through automated systems, such as automatic orbital GTAW units, which have gained favor in a variety of industries. But that does not diminish the requirement for an educated and well-trained work force. Automation requires more training, not less. That is why it is essential to be trained in basic welding procedures in addition to operating automated welding equipment.