Moraine sParks: Our high school welding champions are …

High school welding student

Moraine Park Technical College hosted its second-annual High School Welding Competition on Tuesday, May 3 at its Beaver Dam campus.  Check out all some awesome pics from the event below. High school students from Horicon and West Bend took part, with students working in our lab to put the parts together and weld them in a timed, competitive environment.

The winners were both from West Bend. Rikki Boldt won using the SMAW and GMAW welding processes, while Andrew Voss won for the GTAW process. Congrats, guys!

The welds were scored by area professionals from Mayville Engineering Company, Inc (MEC). The judges – Alex Crimmings, Chad Clouse, Chris Benike, and Josh Pollesc – also have a Moraine Park connection. They were part of a training class Moraine Park conducted last fall and this spring to get them ready to take the three-part, six-hour tests with the American Welding Society to obtain their Certified Welding Inspector credentials. All four passed.

And if you, too, are interested in a career in welding … now’s the time!

“Welding career opportunities are abundant in the MPTC district, and our Welding and Metal Fabrication Programs are designed to develop the skills necessary to start those careers.  Our instructors have the on the job experiences needed to show students what’s going to be expected of them in the business,” said Larry Clark, welding instructor at Moraine Park.

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