We are dedicated to teaching the art and science of welding and supporting a strong pipeline of industry-ready welders. We recognize the exciting career pathways available for students and young professionals, who leverage welding as a core skill. We actively work with schools, military and youth organizations who share our passion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), a well as our vision for the future of welding. We are working together to excite the next generation and reinforce our industry's high standards for education, safety and quality for years to come.
Our key collaborative programs include:
JAMES F. LINCOLN FOUNDATION
We founded the James F. Lincoln Foundation (JFLF) in 1936, as a non-profit welding education organization when the arc welding industry was in its infancy. The JFLF is dedicated to disseminating arc welding information, educating students of all levels on the art and science of arc welding, encouraging them to pursue welding careers and granting cash awards to recognize technical achievements in welding projects.
American Welding Society (AWS)
Since 2011, we have partnered with AWS to support the AWS Careers in Welding Trailer to promote welding education and careers. The trailer successfully covers 11,000 miles annually highlighting Lincoln Electric's immersive virtual reality training welders.
Additionally, Lincoln Electric actively supports several scholarships with AWS to promote STEM and welding-related degrees.
Training With Industry (TWI) Partner
We participate in the U.S. military's Training With Industry (TWI) program which embeds service members into our organization for twelve months to help develop and perfect their arc welding and cutting skills and position them as an instructor in welding processes and procedures. The TWI experience provides leading on-the-job experience and industrial skills that are then carried back to the military, where TWI service members spend two years actively teaching what they learned.
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