Kelpro donates new robotic welder to SCTC

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
A robotic welder donated by Kelpro to Sikeston Career and Technology Center is pictured welding.
Submitted photo

SIKESTON — Sikeston Career and Technology Center students will learn new welding skills next school year through a robotic welder donated by Kelpro.

The custom-metal manufacturer contributed the robotic welder, which is valued at nearly $40,000, previously used at its Sikeston plant.

“Welding and Manufacturing Technology is a large percentage of our area workforce demand.  Having the ability to incorporate robotic welding into our course will be huge for our area employers and program graduates” said Brent Trankler, welding instructor at SCTC.

Kelpro CEO Terry Kellett

“Over the years SCTC has sent us some great graduates, and we are in need of more,” Kellett said. “We saw a need in this area of training and decided to fill the void with this donation. We are proud of our community and partnership with the school.”

The robotic welding training will be offered to all students enrolled in SCTC’s Welding Technology course and customized PreApprenticeship Program after-school training courses.