Russia has been experiencing a significant lack of skilled welding professionals in the market, which is getting more acute every year. Young welders are being educated each year, but there is also a strong need to retrain experienced welding production personnel – those already working as welders, technicians and engineers. Due to the situation, the Russian political leadership declared new welding requirements in the legislation. In order to fulfil its purpose as a high-quality private educational institution, UTSPR needed to equip its training sites with the most advanced and modern welding equipment.
When UTSPR was established, one of the main criteria for equipment was to train with products that are used in the industry. The training center decided on using Kemppi’s arc welding equipment, and currently UTSPR has 40 welding stations installed with Kemppi equipment. This number includes equipment for manual arc welding with covered electrodes and semiautomatic argon-arc welding. According to Director Natalia Chupeykina, Kemppi provides a quick response to any maintenance and service needs of the training center.
UTSPR has also signed a cooperation agreement with Kemppi. Within the framework of the agreement, UTSPR and Kemppi have decided to arrange professional skills competitions together at the training center, as well as seminars, workshops and conferences. In addition, Kemppi and UTSPR publish joint articles in welding industry journals, and the experts of Kemppi provide training for the center’s staff concerning new processes, welding techniques, products, and equipment.