By Melanie Yingst
TROY — Hobart Institute of Welding Technology has once again added to its facility, expanding its program to meet growing demand for skilled welders around the world.
Last week, Hobart Institute of Welding Technology announced its expansion which includes 52 more welding booths for specialized training.
The new 6,360-square-foot structure contains 52 new arc welding booths, universally equipped for all processes for high-scheduling flexibility and a state-of-the-art fume exhaust system, according to a press release.
The Hobart Institute of Welding Technology was established in 1930 has undergone several expansions throughout the years, most recently in 2005 with a major renovation. Revenue from skill training has more than doubled in the past eight years. To accommodate that capacity, more efficient use of existing space and an additional second shift was accomplished.
According to vice president and general manager Ron Scott, the latest addition to the facility means more students can be accommodated for its first and second shift classes which currently has a waiting list.
Scott said he is proud to note that Hobart Institute of Welding Technology is a military and veteran friendly school as well.
The first ones to use the new welding booths included a group from the military and a few employees of Exxon Mobile who were taking part in two specialized training sessions, according to the press release.
Scott, himself an Army veteran and native of Troy, attended Hobart Institute of Welding Technology on the G.I. Bill and is honored to be part of a program that supports veterans.
“We are a veteran-friendly facility,” Scott said last week. “Half of our staff are veterans and they’ve been in all corners of the world. They bring a wealth of knowledge as well as discipline to the classroom.”
The Hobart Institute is currently operating at full capacity. The new construction enables the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology to accommodate up to an additional 52 students on each shift.
Scott said he and the staff at Hobart Institute of Welding Technology are excited to expand its facility to teach more students the craft of welding.
“It’s a great occupation which can take you all around the world,” Scott said. “The school brings a lot of students to Troy and it’s a great place to work.”
Scott said he appreciates the support the city of Troy has for the school and the community that continues to believe in its mission to teach students the craft of welding from around the country.
According to the press release, Hobart Institute of Welding Technology employs 40 people in instructional, administrative, and office support areas. It is estimated that the economic impact of having the Hobart Institute in Troy amounts to between $6 million and $7 million annually as the students spend money for housing, meals, gasoline, recreation, and other basic supplies while attending classes for up to nine months.
Scott shared a trade secret which is commonly used around the welding industry.
“If you’re a good welder, then you’ll never go hungry,” Scott said. “We teach people from all over the world and if you look out in our parking lot, you’ll see license plates on cars from students who come here from all over the United States.”
With a goal to maintain the architectural and aesthetic integrity of the original design, construction began in May 2013 by Ferguson Construction Company of Sidney.
Hobart Institute of Welding Technology, a welding training and education center, is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit educational facility located at 400 Trade Square East, Troy. 1-800-332-9448. For more information about the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology, visit www.welding.org.