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Robotic welder gives students more workforce value

Central Lakes College welding students Matt Decent (left), Reid Ferrian and Curtis Brisk operate the robotic welder. Submitted photo.

A Motoman Robotic Welder arrived at the Central Lakes College (CLC) Brainerd campus recently.

The robotic welder, which measures about 10-feet by 10-feet, offers a faster process in welding, said CLC welding instructor David Otto, in a news release. "It's the direction the industry is going," he said.

The welding program at CLC started offering the Robotic Welding Certificate last year and the new robotic welder will assist in advancing the course.

"It makes the students much more valuable in the workforce," Otto said. "They can weld manually and now with robots."

The robotic welder was previously at the CLC Staples campus, where it has been since it was first acquired through the Advanced Manufacturing Education (AME) grant.