Our passion is welding

Aimée Schmelzer CEO

Welding is one of the most requested professions worldwide, yet the number of skilled welders is drastically decreasing year by year. There are many reasons for this, such as the lack of integration of theory and practice in dual training systems and the high cost of training a qualified welder. Furthermore, welding is classified as an intermediate qualification and is not attractive to young people because it is considered dangerous, dirty, physically demanding and socially undervalued.

A global shortage of welders with significant income losses is threatening industries worldwide. Research looking for solutions provides a number of approaches where the industry needs to develop in a complex way to attract and retain skilled welders.

As an active participant in the field, we develop solution-oriented proposals for action based on our own research findings and on-site surveys of our customers. We contribute to reducing the global shortage of welders by presenting the opportunities for digitisation in the industry.


We believe that by understanding the needs of our diverse customer base, we can effectively support them in overcoming the shortage of welding professionals and promoting the profession through digitalisation. After all, the rapid decline in the number of skilled welders poses a number of serious risks, such as the closure of traditional companies and a general deterioration in the quality of metal products. In order to identify and address this increasingly serious situation, we have developed the Five Pillar Model, a model that has been developed over almost 10 years of professional activity.

The model provides a holistic solution to the global problem that can be applied in all situations. Starting with the appreciation of work, it explores the issues of labour as a value, the working environment, training and education and work-life. We help our clients to find the ideal combination of these in our complex consultancy services.


The elements of the Five Pillar Model for achieving a sufficient number of skilled and motivated welders worldwide are unknown to many managers and team leaders in the welding industry. But they are essential to overcome labour shortages

For companies that recognise the situation and want to make a change, we offer individual, situation-analysis-based counselling, where we make tailor-made recommendations and provide customized solutions.

Training of trainers

The education and training, but also retraining, of skilled workers presents many challenges, including the abandonment of best practices. Obtaining a welding qualification or preparing for a working exam, for example, is much easier if the trainer has up-to-date specialist knowledge and pedagogical skills.

Our workshops, designed specifically for welding instructors, offer participants the opportunity to learn effective techniques for digital welder training through lectures, group work, role-play and sharing of experiences.


Our workshops, designed specifically for welding instructors, offer participants the opportunity to learn effective techniques for digital welder training through lectures, group work, role-play and sharing of experiences.

With our tailor made training workshops, you can provide hands-on training to welders, students and technicians combining digital and real welding training thus reducing costs, emissions and workplace accidents. You could also rise recognition and appreciation for your welding staff by training non welding employees for a day in the workshop.

VR-Training - Soft Skills

More than 90% of employees quit because they are dissatisfied with their leaders. The problem lies in a lack of soft skills on both sides. In a simulation game based on interpersonal situations, players can practice regularly in a private environment.

The goal of the training is to improve the interpersonal and communication skills of the participants in order to increase communication between leaders and employees and thus increase work efficiency and decrease Staff fluctuation.

VR training - Work safety

Welding involves many safety-critical tasks, so it is important that operators are able to anticipate, monitor, control and learn from complex and often unpredictable situations.

This continuous learning approach makes a playful contribution to the prevention of workplace accidents and to the health and esteem of welders.

Digital (VR) Skills Camp

For young people facing career choices, making big decisions at 14-16 years old is stressful, and it doesn't help that they are overwhelmed by the variety of careers available.

However, VR technology can help make choosing a career fun. Virtual reality and gamification can help young talent understand the challenges, meaningfulness and excitement of welding in a fun and engaging way.


Digital welding education is an effective way to train welders in a timely manner and attract young people's attention to welding. The SOLDAMATIC is the world's first augmented reality solution designed for educational purposes and modelled on a real welding machine.

Our research shows that the combined welder training can drastically reduce training time, material costs, but also CO2 emissions and energy consumption. We offer the product for sale and for rent!

How to get enough skilled and motivated welders worldwide?

The dignity of work

Prevailing economic thinking sees labour as a cost of production, which must be as low as possible for a company to be competitive. Conversely, society and the enterprise should put the status of welders in a new perspective, where their dignity is the basis of personal dignity, a source of stability and development for families and a sustainer of peaceful communities.

Human capital

Many companies invest in technology to protect themselves against a shortage of skilled labour. Research shows that the majority of managers see workers as a cost, but human capital is undoubtedly a value creator. Over time, they gain experience and knowledge in ways that even the most sophisticated algorithms cannot. People have empathy and the older they get, the more they are able to create additional value.

Working environment

Even in the world of work, it is best if an action is intrinsically motivating, as it has a positive impact on work performance. Studies clearly show that intrinsic motivation has the greatest impact on retaining skilled workers, with extrinsic rewards only making employers exchangeable. In the area of the working environment, safety at work, adequate and modern equipment, and clear and structured processes, among other things, make an excellent employer.

Education and training

The education and training of skilled workers is essential not only for quality, health and safety, but also to show our appreciation towards our employees. To fully embrace this, education and training should be extended to all employees of the welding company. With the Soldamatic simulator, they can learn what welding really is, what their welder colleagues are performing on a daily basis.

Work-life balance

To have a positive impact on subjective well-being and health, it is necessary to reconcile the two spheres of life. There are already a number of working models for this, such as the 4-day week or the A and B week. We can also provide other support and preventive health services for our employees. When employees are in balance, their performance and commitment to the company increases proportionally.

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