Engineering students at City of Wolverhampton College will be developing their skills on the latest welding equipment thanks to a link-up with a leading industry manufacturer.

The college has taken delivery of 10 Powertec MIG welders and 10 Invertec TIG/MMA welders – together worth over £100,000 – manufactured by Lincoln Electric, a world leader in the manufacture of welding equipment and consumables.

The new equipment – the latest addition to the college’s already well-equipped engineering workshops – will enable it to expand the range of industry-standard welding courses it offers and give students the opportunity to develop specialist skills in MIG, TIG and flux-cored arc welding – manufacturing processes that are used to join ferrous and non-ferrous metals.

The two organisations have formed a close working relationship during the college’s participation in the annual WorldSkills UK competition in which the college’s engineering students have picked up a number of gold, silver and bronze medals. As a lead sponsor of the competition Lincoln Electric provides welding and fabrication equipment for use in the contest and specialist training for those taking part.

Andy Lee, curriculum manager for engineering and motor vehicle at the college, said: “As a result of the demand for skilled engineers in the local area we have expanded the range of courses we offer and the new equipment will enable us to offer cutting-edge training to students who are starting out in careers in the industry, as well as to local companies that wish to up-skill their existing workforce in the latest manufacturing processes such as flux-cored welding.”

The college offers a range of fabrication and welding courses – including a one-day introductory course for beginners, a part time evening Level 2 award, and City and Guilds Level 2 and 3 diplomas, as well as bespoke courses for companies – with around 120 full and part-time students and 90 engineering apprentices enrolled for the current academic year.

For details of welding courses offered by the college visit To discuss bespoke training sessions for existing employees call 01902 317588.


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