A Motoman Robotic Welder just arrived at the Central Lakes College Brainerd campus this week.
The robotic welder, which measures about 10 feet by 10 feet, offers a faster process in welding, said CLC welding instructor David Otto.
“It’s the direction the industry is going,” he said.
The welding program at CLC started offering the Robotic Welding Certificate last year, and the new robotic welder will assist in advancing the course.
“It makes the students much more valuable in the workforce,” Otto said. “They can weld manually and now with robots.”
The robotic welder was previously at the CLC Staples campus, where it has been since it was first acquired through the Advanced Manufacturing Education (AME) Grant.