Some states in Australia are looking for modern ways to solve a shortage of skilled welders, such as using robots and augmented reality.
In Western Australia, industry officials believe that automation serves as a viable alternative yet it won’t be happening any time soon due to lack of information. Meanwhile, the Queensland government wants to hasten the skills development of its welders by using training simulators.
Jim Walker, Western Australia State Training Board chairman, said that humans are still necessary to set up machines to perform welding work. Hence, these people should be familiar with the task. The same applies to companies that look for welding product suppliers.
Manufacturers, for instance, should know about the latest updates on equipment and supplies to keep up with changing trends. While automation could be a solution to the lack of workers, it elicited concern among the labour force and recruiters.
Walker downplayed the industry’s fear of robots taking over jobs. Humans will still be needed to operate machines, which will only be used for completing tasks since full automation requires more than just robots.
State-of-the-art training will serve as Queensland’s approach to solving the lack of skilled welders. Its state government spent $800,000 to deploy ten training simulators with half of those in Brisbane, while the rest will be used in regional areas.
The training programme will be useful in reducing the time needed to become qualified for ISO 9606 standards. The use of 3D simulators also costs less than traditional methods, according to the state government.
Welders in Australia should consider developing skills that are otherwise not possible for robots to achieve since further training and certification make them irreplaceable. At the same time, companies should consider investing in new equipment and tools to meet growing demand for welding.