Dexterity: An Indicator of Future Performance in Beginning Welders

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2018-09-01
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Byrd, A. Preston
Stone, Richard
Anderson, Ryan
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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.

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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.

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