The shortage of welders is well documented and projected to become more severe for various industries such as shipbuilding in coming years. It is mainly because welding training is a critical and often costly endeavor. This study examines the training potential using augmented reality technology as a critical part of welder training for mechanical engineering technology students. This study assessed the performance of two groups of MET students trained with two different methods. One group received training with the traditional method in three sessions. The second group acquired training initially with an augmented reality welding system for three sessions. Then, they were exposed to actual welding training. The results demonstrated that students trained using augmented reality had training outcomes that surpassed those of traditionally trained students. Lastly, the material cost impact of the augmented reality group was significantly less than that of the group with traditional welding training.
Akundi, A., & Eisazadeh, H., & Torabizadeh, M. (2022, August), Augmented Reality Integrated Welder Training for Mechanical Engineering Technology Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN. https://peer.asee.org/41867