The National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) is working with Airgas, an NATM associate member, to offer NATM members a discount for the 3 ½ day on-site welder training programme, Unlocking the Hidden Costs of Welding.’

NATM regularly fields calls from end-users regarding issues with their trailers, built by both member and non-member companies. In recent years, the Association has noticed a trend in complaints pertaining to welds. With the current labour shortage, especially for skilled trades, having a resource for training welders can be invaluable. Although welding specifications are not a part of the NATM Compliance Verification Programme, it is important to ensure your products are properly welded.

Each Airgas class is 50% classroom and 50% hands-on discovery. The course teaches welding as a science requiring precise measurement and control of inputs to achieve consistent quality output. Focused on the quality and economic aspects of welding, attendees also discover a new way to improve the bottom line. Coursework supports efforts to implement “lean” principles and continuous process improvements. Attendees will come away with a proven methodology for making improvements to your company’s processes and making them stick. The course is designed for decision makers and engineers, including Chief Financial Officers, quality directors, procurement professionals, line managers, and business owners.

Airgas’ ‘Unlocking the Hidden Costs of Welding’ course is discounted for NATM members to just $800 per attendee. Classes are offered in Stow, Ohio, Bessemer, Alabama, and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Each location provides lunch each day, with a hosted dinner on one of the evenings. Group hotel rates are also available.