I had the pleasure of skyping with my learning partner Jesse over the weekend. He is a welding instructor. I didn’t realize how much the welding industry was changing, and how these changes may require re training for welders in the future to ensure they stay current. Jesse was telling me 20% of welding is now shifting to be automatic. So rather than having one welder doing the job, it is done by a computer. His article predicted a 20-25% further increase in automatic welding. Which means welders will need to retrain to remain competitive. He also had an article on virtual welders, that take education to the next level. The students would weld on a computer rather than in a shop. Sounds like there are lots of exciting changes going on in the industry of welding.