Welding Challenges

October is Manufacturing Month and SkillsUSA Wisconsin has three Welding Challenges for members in 2022. Registration takes place on the SkillsUSA Member Information System.

Fox Valley Technical College Welding Challenge • Oshkosh, WI
October 11, 2022 | Registration closes on October 5th.

Mid-State Technical College Welding Challenge • WI Rapids, WI
October  21, 2022 |
Registration closes on October 12th.

Blackhawk Technical College Welding Challenge • Milton, WI
November 21, 2022 | Registration closes on November 12th.


Event Notes:
For each of these events, members will participate in a welding competition (please prepare for GMAW, SMAW, and Oxy-Actelyne operations) and also compete in a job interview. The cost for this event is $20 and lunch will be provided. All competitors should be registered SkillsUSA members for the current school year. Gold, silver, and bronze medals will be awarded for each competition. The gold medal welding winner will have a guaranteed seat at the state welding competition in April. The day will start around 8:00 am and end around 2:00 pm.

How to Prepare:
Read the National Technical Standards for Welding and the Job Interview that can be found on the National Registration website.  Review the job interview scoring rubric that will be used for the job interview portion of the contest.

What to Wear:
Contestants must follow clothing guidelines from National Technical Standards: official khaki short sleeve work shirt and pants, black or brown leather work shoes, and safety glasses with clear lenses and side shields or goggles. Prescription glasses can be used only if they are equipped with side shields. If not, they must be covered with goggles. See the image below.  Contestants may wear welding attire to the job interview portion of the contest.
Clothing attire will be assessed during the Welding Challenge and again during the Job Interview. Contestants should not wear baseball caps, t-shirts, or any apparel showing their school affiliation.