Lincoln Electric hosted its annual Advanced Motorsports Welding Seminar at the company’s world headquarters in Cleveland on Nov. 28-29. Representatives from NASCAR, IndyCar, the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and off-road racing gathered to learn about the latest in motorsports welding techniques and procedures.
Lincoln Electric experts during the two-day seminar offered sessions on proper techniques using the GTAW process to weld lightweight material, such as stainless, Inconel, aluminum, chrome-moly and titanium—all used in motorsports fabrication.
The company’s comprehensive understanding of these and other specialty metals, as well as welding and cutting techniques, benefits the industry by providing racing teams, manufacturers and industry associations with the welding expertise to make cars that are not only more competitive but also safer to drive.
Some of the top racing teams in attendance at this year’s seminar were Joe Gibbs Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing, Andretti Autosport and Team Penske.
Speakers at the 2017 Advanced Motorsports Welding Seminar included:
Dan Klingman, senior customer training instructor at Lincoln Electric. Klingman is also an active member of the National Skills USA welding committee and has been a trackside welder at the Indianapolis 500 since 2006. He earned his AWS CWI/CWE in 2012
- Wyatt Swaim, a TIG welding expert. He founded Hi-Tech Welding Services Inc. in 1986, developing a complete production facility geared toward providing the highest level of welding, R&D, welding engineering and metallurgy to high technology industries. Swaim consults for Lincoln Electric
- Dennis Klingman, a retired director of technical training from Lincoln Electric. Klingman is an award-winning Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) and Certified Welding Educator (CWE). He has developed curriculums for Lincoln Electric’s basic and advanced Motorsports courses and also has led motorsports welding seminars for thousands of students across the U.S., Canada and Europe
- Scott Helzer, who holds a welding sciences doctorate degree from Texas A&M University and is an award-winning welding educator. He received the Outstanding Certificate of Achievement as a major contributing author for the rewrite of the week-long CWI preparatory course materials.
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