MPTC apprentices qualify for national competition

skill competition winners standing with medals around their necks

Moraine Park Technical College trade apprentices had an impressive showing recently at the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin Skill Competition. The event, held in West Bend, featured two Moraine Park students winning championships and qualifying for nationals, as well as the College earning a complete sweep of the state carpentry podium.

Moraine Park’s Jacob Moody of Kraemer Brothers took first place in the carpentry event, followed by a second-place finish by classmate Brandon Geier, Wieser Brothers General Contractor, Inc., and a third-place outing by Jared Berenz, Burg Homes & Design, Inc.

In addition to claiming all three top spots in the carpentry event, Moraine Park’s Ervin Westphal of K-W Eletric, Inc. earned first place in the electrical competition as well.

Moody and Westphal’s championship performances in their respective events earned both a spot in the upcoming ABC National Craft Championships in California in March. There, they will compete against the top craft trainees from around the U.S.

At the state competition in January, 35 competitors from eight technical colleges in carpentry, electrical, HVAC and plumbing participated. The day-long event included a practical competition in the morning and written exam in the afternoon.

“The intensity of the competition shows exactly how passionate competitors are about their work, but unfortunately, we can only crown one winner in each trade,” Bill Rozga, Skill Competition Committee Chair, told the group at the Awards Banquet.

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