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PCC Welding Featured in National Newsletter

Roy LanierWINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College’s welding program was recently featured in a national welding newsletter in an article detailing how the college is making good use of the VRTEX 360 virtual welding system.

In the September edition of Lincoln Electric’s iWeld newsletter, PCC Welding Department Chair Roy Lanier discussed how the school is utilizing the virtual welding system for recruiting purposes and to teach students the fundamentals of all welding types before they actually enter a welding booth.

Similar to a video game, a virtual reality welding helmet provides students in Lanier’s classes with realistic welding scenarios through 3-D stereo eyepieces and sound.

By projecting the virtual welding scenarios onto a movie screen, Lanier is able to point out welding deficiencies to his classes, so all of the students can learn proper welding techniques in real-time.

Lanier said the virtual welding system has also served as an excellent recruiting tool. Since some local high schools do not offer welding programs, he said he uses the virtual system to help students at those institutions become more familiar with the trade in the hopes they will at least consider it as a potential career option.

Another benefit of the virtual welding system is that it is eco-friendly. It creates no waste because no welding consumables, shielding gas or base metals are used in the process.