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Designing a Welding Lab

Welding is a career that offers many opportunities and benefits. However, to become a welder it also takes a lot of practice and training. A welding program is something that should be offered through technical schools. When adding a welding program you need to make sure that the lab has the requirements it needs to provide a top quality training program.

In the past, we worked with LCTI to design a new addition for their welding lab program. The addition is designed to be a focal point near the campus entry, using modern materials as the aesthetic design element.

When planning the welding lab, remember to include the following:

  • Space – Welders can’t be cramped when they are working. For operator safety, enough space is required so students aren’t bumping into each other and/or their equipment. An option would be to include welding booths. This provides each student with a comfortable and safe space for them to train.
  • Power – The proper voltage and power sources are key factors when setting up a welding lab.
  • Equipment – Make sure the proper equipment is included at each student’s station, which includes proper ventilation.

Be sure the layout of the welding lab has a smooth flow and is functional in order to provide the best training for future welders. However you have your welding lab designed, be sure it’s designed properly and efficiently for your students to learn. Ensure that the instructor can see all welding booths at the same time.

Designing a welding lab is complex, and may take a lot of brainstorming and help from professionals. We’re here to provide the additional resources and manpower for you to achieve your desired shop. If you are in need of a design for a welding lab, contact Watkins Architect today. We have the past experience needed to assist with your project.

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