College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Virtual Reality Goes to School

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2010 and 2020 the auto industry will see an increase in employment for service technicians and mechanics, automotive body and glass repair, and painting and coating workers. With innovations in the automotive technology, the workforce will begin to see a skills gap. To help close that gap schools are beginning to use virtual reality as a teaching tool. The virtual reality programs can simulate tasks from painting a car to practice with welding. Iowa State professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, Richard Stone, weighed in on the advantages of training through virtual reality systems in this New York Times article.