Lincoln Electric partners with College of the Canyons to offer welding training courses

April 6, 2017 - Lincoln Electric has entered into a partnership with College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California, to offer a 3-day robotic programming course at the college. College of the Canyons is the first school to join with the welding company to conduct robotic training classes remotely at local school sites

This course will make Lincoln Electric’s certified training available outside of the company’s headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. College of the Canyons will provide the facility and equipment. Lincoln Electric will send expert trainers to work with the school’s trained and authorized faculty team to conduct the class. The first course offered at College of the Canyons is slated for June 21-23.

“The partnership between College of the Canyons and Lincoln Electric has long benefited our welding program and more importantly, the students it serves,” says Tim Baber, department chair Welding Technology, CWI, CWE, CRAW-T, College of the Canyons. “I’m thrilled to be part of establishing College of the Canyons as an official Lincoln Electric training facility for robotic welding. I can’t wait to see what other opportunities take place as a result.”

“Partnering with College of the Canyons allows us to do regional training much closer to where our customers work and live,” adds Jason Scales, Lincoln Electric manager of education services. “This collaboration is one more way we are extending our education solutions and century-long commitment to skilled trades to career welders and educators.”

Trainers conduct the intensive robotic programming course in a combination lecture-laboratory format. Typically, students are grouped in pairs and work as a team to perform the hands-on exercises. According to Chris Gandee, Lincoln Electric automation training manager, College of the Canyon’s qualified instructors and Lincoln Electric educator teams will help students “learn how to master robotic programming and make welded parts” as part of the program’s curriculum.

Students attending should have experience in GMAW and welding processes. The basic robot programming class is geared towards programmers responsible for maintaining their systems.

During the class, participants will learn the following:

  • Safety precautions while programming and operating the robot system
  • Fundamentals of teach pendant and arc tool programming language
  • Structured programming language techniques and edit commands
  • Instructional commands and menu structure
  • Operator controls and indicators on the teach pendant and operator panel
  • Correct robot positioning using the teach pendant and various motion types
  • Welding program structure and operation, including straight line, circles, and weaving fundamentals
  • Proper editing procedures and programs commands and functions
  • Basic error recovery
  • Torch and wrist alignment checks
  • How to setup a Tool Center Point
  • Home program, zero program
  • Backing up programs
  • Setting up a jog frame
  • Wait and timer instructions
  • Program copy, delete, comment and write protect
  • Torch cleaning program (optional)
  • Password protect (optional)

The class is open to fabricators owning a Lincoln Electric robot package. Customers may reserve up to three seats for the course.

To learn more about the course or to register, contact Chris Gandee at

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