Welding methods taught at the facility include shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, flux-cored arc, gas tungsten arc, and submerged arc. Thirty percent of training is spent in the classroom learning theory, while the other seventy percent is spent in the lab getting one-on-one instruction. Dybdal is a certified weld educator and is qualified to administer tests and award certifications. Students earn welding certifications from ASME and AWS. As they gain experience in the shop, welders have the opportunity to revisit the training center and add to their skill, gaining higher and more varied certifications.
Dybdal’s responsibilities also include “training the trainers” within the company. He works with part-time trainers at multiple divisions, equipping them with the tools they need to teach new employees welding techniques. The vision of the weld training center to invest in its students goes hand in hand with Superior’s culture of opportunity. Personal improvement is encouraged and hard work is rewarded.