Augmented reality will be the answer to a supposed shortage of skilled welders in Queensland, where training simulators from different sites will help aspiring workers to meet the ISO 9606 standard for welding.
The state government believes that welding will be an essential job in the future, particularly in the manufacturing and defence industries. At the same time, a welding equipment company or service provider will become relevant given the demand for supplies from these sectors.
Queensland spent $800,000 for ten modern training simulators that would use augmented reality. Officials believe that the simulators are a cost-efficient choice compared to conventional training methods since the equipment could be transferred to places where training is necessary ahead of significant development projects.
Some of these projects include the $5 billion landmark LAND 400 deal between Rheinmetall Defence and the federal government. The huge price tag will not only mean large demand for skilled labour but also for the supply of welding equipment.
Queensland will place five of the training simulators in Brisbane and the remaining five in local places. Once the training programme shows signs of progress, it can pave the way for similar efforts to increase the number of skilled welders in the country. One good reason for this involves the growth in new manufacturing orders.
According to the Australian Industry Group’s Performance of Manufacturing Index, new orders in August rose to 56.7 points. The growth indicated that manufacturers would stay busy in the coming months, whether it involves welding metals or packaging consumer goods.
While there are traditional methods for training, the 3-D training initiative will hasten the necessary skills development for workers. A shorter amount of training time means that they will be able to apply these skills in industries where welding is needed the most.