Got A Bunch Of New Welding Apprentices? Why You Might Want Your Trainees To Have Hands-On Training A Lot Earlier
If you're training a bunch of new apprentices in welding, you know that there is a lot of information that they have to learn. Becoming a welder, especially when learning a newer technology like capacitor discharge pin welding, requires good knowledge of math, safety procedures, history, and general material information, much of which is just lecture-based and doesn't include the hands-on tool use until later in the course. But you may want to start having them learn about the tools and doing some minor welding early on in their training. This earlier kinesthetic approach could help them learn better.
People tend to favor a particular style of learning. Some do well after hearing or seeing a description or demonstration, but others learn well by actually doing an action. In other words, you may have students who will find it easier to learn and memorize information about welding if they are actually seeing how sample materials react when they (the students) use the tools to weld those materials. They may have better recall of the parts of each tool when they have held and used the tool, instead of just seeing a diagram or a video. If you delay the actual use portion of the curriculum, you could make it more difficult for these students to follow along.
Letting them start experimenting with the tools early on gives them a better idea of the force of the tools and how steady or unsteady someone's grip can be. This gives them more time to adjust. For example, if someone finds their hands are not very steady when trying to do detailed welding, they would have more time to practice to get a steadier grip before facing graduation and work.
You'd also get a chance to see how your students react to having to wear safety gear day in and day out. You'd think that people would want to be as safe as possible around welding equipment, but sometimes people can get lazy, not wearing gloves when they should or forgetting those goggles occasionally. The more you require the students to wear safety gear, the more chances you'll have to see if anyone looks like they're going to be a problem case, becoming too lazy about wearing the gear to remain safe. You can take corrective action then, ensuring they get in the habit of wearing the gear when they should.
Learning to weld properly is imperative, especially if someone's going to use CD weld pins or other specialized techniques. Increasing the training can only help.