Campus Units

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

9-2018

Journal or Book Title

Career and Technical Education Research

Volume

43

Issue

2

First Page

195

Last Page

212

Research Focus Area(s)

Ergonomics and Human Factors

DOI

10.5328/cter43.2.195

Abstract

This study examined the use of dexterity as an indicator of future performance of beginning welders. This could lead to the selection or recruitment of participants for welding training programs. With a high demand for welders, it is imperative that welding training programs be efficient at producing certified welders. The time required to train certified welders is one of the obstacles training programs face. Many occupational fields have tried to predict a student's future performances before admitting them into a training program by analyzing their dexterous ability. This study utilized the complete Minnesota Dexterity Test to examine Participants' dexterity during a welding training program. Upon completion of the training program, participants performed tests welds that were overseen by a certified welding instructor (CWI) who visually inspectes each weld. All three dexterity tests were found to have statistically significant relationships with the visual pass/fail rates for basic shielded metal arc welds.

Comments

This article is published as Preston Byrd, A., Richard T. Stone, and Ryan G. Anderson. "Dexterity: An Indicator of Future Performance in Beginning Welders." Career and Technical Education Research 43, no. 2 (2018): 195-212. DOI: 10.5328/cter43.2.195. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Career & Technical Education Research

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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Ergonomics Commons

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