Tier One player Airgas has donated a substantial amount of personal protective equipment (PPE) to students enrolled in the welding engineering programme at Ferris State University (FSU), Michigan.

The donation of PPE reinforces the corporate partnership between the industrial gas corporation and the school’s welding programme, after donating shielding gas to the course in 2015.

The haul, valued at around $50,000, includes enough welding jackets, hoods, gloves and safety glasses for each of the students registered for one year. Each individual PPE kit can set a student back several hundred dollars.

Programmes like FSU’s welding engineering technology programme are critical to keeping metal fabrication jobs in the US

Additionally, Airgas has donated all the shielding gases used in the programme for the second year in a row. 

Dan Sheets, Director of Advanced Fabrication, NorPac Region, stressed, “Programmes like FSU’s welding engineering technology programme are critical to keeping metal fabrication jobs in the US, and we are proud to play a role in the education of these students, who represent the future of our nation’s welding industry.” 

These donations will help support FSU’s welding engineering technology programme, which is designed to produce plant-level welding engineering technology graduates. The course focuses on the concept, design and engineering of weldments and the implementation of welding processes and is the largest programme of its kind in the US, currently serving around 170 students.

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