Enerquip Uses Augmented Reality to Help Train and Educate the Next Generation of Welders

AugmentedArc® Augmented Reality Welding System from Miller

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. has approximately 43,000 open welding jobs to fill each year. To help fill these vital roles and open students to the challenging but exciting world of welding, Enerquip has introduced augmented reality welding simulators to its internal and external training programs. With the purchase of the robust AugmentedArc® and the smaller MobileArc™ Augmented Reality Welding Systems from Miller, Enerquip is set to amplify welding education in central Wisconsin by offering safe, life-like, hands-on learning experiences for both student education and internal training.

Both welding systems were developed by Miller and tailored for classroom training. These highly realistic multi-process welding simulators cater to students ranging from beginners to advanced-level welders. By seamlessly blending real-world and computer-generated images into a unique augmented reality environment, these welding systems provide immersive learning experiences. Students can interactively explore the fundamentals of welding, fostering a deeper appreciation for the craft.

“Enerquip has invested in welding simulation tools to help advance welding education and training in Taylor County,” said Tim Strebig, Facilities & Operations Manager of Enerquip. “By leveraging this augmented reality, we empower students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the welding industry within a safe, fun, and stress-free environment.”

While Enerquip opened its doors for student opportunities years ago, using virtual welding simulators has added significant value to its tours and school-to-work student programs. While Enerquip only provides the virtual option for student tours, students in its internship and mentorship programs can work with both simulators and actual welding equipment. This addition of simulators provides students with a virtual hands-on experience before they begin welding real materials. Utilizing simulators helps students familiarize themselves with welding techniques and enables Enerquip to significantly reduce costs associated with stainless steel and other consumables.

This spring, Enerquip began demonstrating these simulators with hundreds of area students at various career fairs and speaking engagements. Students were given a firsthand glimpse into opportunities within the welding industry. By leveraging augmented reality technology, Enerquip and Miller are not only preparing the next generation of welders but also inspiring them to pursue fulfilling careers in welding. Furthermore, with the addition of these simulators, Enerquip is in the process of developing a welding curriculum to collaborate with local schools for the upcoming 2024 – 2025 academic year.

A participant at April’s Homegrown Success Career Fair at the Simek Center shows off her welding skills on the AugmentedArc® Augmented Reality Welding System from Miller. Her welds are mirrored on the TV screen in the background.

Brady Loetscher (right), Enerquip Sales Engineer, tries out the MobileArc™ Augmented Reality Welding System from Miller as he receives guidance from Enerquip Welder Troy Komarek (left).

Enerquip Welder Travis Frost helps a student set their hands before trying out the AugmentedArc® Augmented Reality Welding System from Miller.