Students Learn on new Miller LiveArc Welding System

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Welding students at Stanly Community College (SCC) are now able to train on a new Miller LiveArc welding performance management system. This reality-based solution has motion-tracking technology, industry-exclusive MIG Smartgun, instructor interface, and a welding positioning arm. The new unit delivers a simulation and pre-weld setup mode, as well as a live-arc training mode, allowing students to gain experience and build techniques in pre-weld exercises before seamlessly transitioning into real welding on GMAW and SMAW processes.

The welding training system was secured through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV), which is a principal source of federal funding to states and discretionary grantees for the improvement of secondary and postsecondary career and technical education programs across the nation.

William Beaver, Welding Program Head at Stanly Community College, stated, “We are very excited to have been able to purchase the new Miller LiveArc training system. It is the newest welding simulator on the market today. Students are able to run welds in simulation mode where they can instantly see what they need to correct or improve on. This is a great learning tool for our students to help develop their knowledge and skills to become productive welders.”

According to EMSI data, welders can earn nearly $17.73 an hour (median hourly income) and 2,894 jobs will be available in the Charlotte region by 2020.

Stanly Community College offers an on-the-job training component with local industries for students that are enrolled in the Welding Technology Diploma program. Additionally, SCC offers a tuition-free program for high school juniors and seniors.

For detailed information, contact William Beaver at (704) 991-0383 or or visit the College’s website at

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