Lincoln Electric Named Global Industry Partner and Exclusive Welding Supplier of WorldSkills

Lincoln Electric Named Global Industry Partner of WorldSkills International, and Exclusive Welding Supplier of WorldSkills London 2011

Sep 23, 2011

 Global Partner of World Skills International

CLEVELAND - In October of 2010, Lincoln Electric announced an agreement with WorldSkills International (WSI) to become an official Global Industry Partner. WorldSkills International is a non-profit membership association consisting of agencies or bodies which have a responsibility for promoting vocational education and training in their respective countries/regions. WSI provides a unique means of exchange and comparison of world-class competency standards in the industrial trades and service sectors.

WorldSkills International competitions bring together countries & regions from across the world to match the skills of their young people against the best the world has to offer. Every two years, competitions take place in a different WSI Member country/region. WorldSkills London 2011 will be the 41st WorldSkills Competition and the third time it has been hosted in the UK. 




Lincoln Electric will be the exclusive welding supplier of this event, which will take place from Oct. 5-8 at ExCel London, an international exhibition and convention center located in the heart of London’s Royal Docks.

“We have been involved with SkillsUSA, among other youth organizations, for quite some time, and just recently pursued a partnership with WorldSkills International,” noted Carl Peters, Lincoln Electric’s Director of Technical Training.  “We live in a global economy, so we see this as a tremendous opportunity to help further develop youth skills around the world.”


World Skills Opening Ceremony
Photo: Courtesy of WorldSkills International     

Power MIG - World Skills  


Welding Competition
The welding competition falls under the Manufacturing & Engineering Technology skill category, where participants will have to fabricate various mild steel pieces, including a pipe, plate and T-fillet joint. The positions and processes will be randomly determined at the competition site.

Welding competitors will also have to fabricate a mild steel pressure vessel, using different processes for the different joints. They will have blueprints of the piece prior to the competition, with a caveat that WSI can modify the design up to 30% from the original rendering.

Lastly, competitors will be assigned two sheet metal projects using aluminum and stainless steel. These will be completed using the GTAW process, and the blueprints provided to the participants will not be altered by WSI.

The completed pieces will be judged by a panel of experts, and according to their website, WSI indicates that standard reference terms and definitions for welding processes, positions and testing shall be to International Standard Organization (ISO) and American Welding Society (AWS) standards. Where a conflict arises, the ISO standards shall have precedence. If no ISO standard is applicable then the relevant AWS standard shall be used.

Lincoln Electric and Education
Lincoln Electric supports education at many levels including youth organizations that teach welding and the skilled trades. Through educational programs, the Company aims to inspire youth while promoting the latest innovations in welding safety, quality and productivity.

“There are numerous career paths that welding and other skilled trades can provide,” Peters noted. “From working in the field, to managing a company, a student of welding can work in a variety of places and earn a quality living as a result.”

View some of the potential educational and career paths a welding student can pursue.

Lincoln Electric supports schools with safety information, training aids, welding books, curriculum and the high tech products needed to educate future generations of skilled crafts people. The Company also operates a non profit foundation, the James F. Lincoln Foundation, to promote the art and science of welding.

Learn more about Lincoln Electric’s welding educational programs.