The Finnish vocational education system must foster individuality, a broad skill set and good business relations. Teaching should be flexible and adapt to the student’s individual skills and ambitions. The students also should get a broader and more motivating educational package with less teaching hours. At the same time, schools should accommodate adult students and adopt a continuous learning strategy where students return from work to school to acquire the skills they need at any given time. As the workplaces become increasingly hectic, the foundation for work skills must be acquired at school. Schools must therefore be able to anticipate the requirements of future welding.
The institute’s automotive and logistics department has recently renewed their welding fleet to Kemppi-made equipment. As the consumables for the various machines are mostly the same, the one-stop shop approach reduces storage needs.
The flagships of the welding fleet are FastMig X and X8 MIG Welder. The institute wants to ensure that the tools used do not prevent the students from developing their skills as far as they can. The equipment also demonstrates the performance, digital features, and ergonomics of modern industrial heavy-duty welding.
"About one-quarter of our students absorb all the teaching they can get and will also come to the workshop in their free time. They inspire other students, and show with their example how far a young student can go in developing their skills", says Team Manager Hermanni Salonen.
Everyone has a chance to weld with X8 MIG Welder. "It is a joyous moment when a student has first welded aluminum with traditional TIG equipment and then gets to do the same with the X8. The motivation that good tools spark is important: the students share images of successful projects in social media.”
Both machines in the workshop have two wire feeders with four different filler wire materials loaded, so the students do not have to waste time switching the spools. The group should never have to stand waiting for the device to be used.
"The reliability of Kemppi equipment, easy adjustment, and pre-installed programs make life easier for teachers and students. The eye-hand coordination must be practiced as much as possible," Salonen says. "Although we mainly weld sheet metal and the power of these devices is quite overwhelming for that purpose, their sophisticated special processes make it easy. The students also weld thick steel and repair the heavy equipment of the house."