Kasich Touts Jobs & Technology in Euclid
Lincoln Electric unveiled a new training program and got a visit from the governor.
Governor Kasich watches simulated welding on the VRTEX 360
(Euclid) - Technology and jobs for the future were the focus of Governor John Kasich Wednesday as he toured the Lincoln Electric Plant in Euclid.
Lincoln Electric was unveiling a new way to teach young people skilled trades, a virtual reality welding machine or VRTEX 360.
The machine, which is similar to a video game, offers users a simulated real-life experience of welding, without any of the hazards. That means any age group can learn how to weld.
Joel Leonard is a technology expert who has written in several trade magazines about the VRTEX 360. He says prisons have started using the technology to teach inmates skilled trades, since they aren't allowed to use the actual equipment. He says the technology is catching on, and organizations like the United Defense Workforce Technology Board are looking into funding the manufacturing of these machines.