WCTC opens Lincoln Electric welding center

By Arthur Thomas - Freeman Staff

March 12, 2014

Trevor Ganzke, left, and Dale Medved train on welding equipment provided by Lincoln Electric. Both Ganzke and Medved are seniors at Nathan Hale High School in West Allis and participants in the welding program in Waukesha County Technical College’s Dual Enrollment Academy. 
Submitted photo

PEWAUKEE - Welding students at Waukesha County Technical College now have a brand new training facility, thanks to a partnership with Ohio-based Lincoln Electric.

The Lincoln Electric Southeastern Wisconsin Training Center is owned by the school and sponsored by Lincoln Electric. The center was completed in February and is outfitted with the new Lincoln Electric welding, cutting and fume control equipment.

The 4,000-square-foot welding lab has 55 new Lincoln Electric welding stations, giving WCTC a total welding lab space of approximately 8,000 square feet and 93 welding stations.

“Partnering with Lincoln Electric allows WCTC to continue to grow and expand our welding programs and meet the needs of local industry,” said Mike Shiels, dean of the WCTC School of Applied Technologies.

Bob Dempsey, district sales manager for Lincoln Electric, said the training center would benefit both students and the company. He noted students would be better prepared for careers after learning on up-to-date equipment.

“We are also excited to introduce our industrial customers to the facility for product demonstrations, and more importantly, to do our part to build awareness among prospective employers for the WCTC program and its fabrication graduates,” Dempsey said.

Lincoln Electric’s sponsorship includes the new welding stations and the plan is to rotate in new equipment every year to make sure the latest technology is available, according to WCTC spokeswoman Shelly Kuhn.

She said enrollment in WCTC’s full-time welding program has tripled over the last five years. There are currently 150 students, plus an additional 100 taking welding courses.