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