October is Manufacturing Month and SkillsUSA Wisconsin has four events for members to participate in. American Welding Institute (AWI) not in 2021, Blackhawk Technical College (BTC), Fox Valley Technical College , Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) not in 2021 and New in 2021 Mid-State Technical College Welding Challenge events.
For each of these events, members will have an opportunity to participate in a welding competition (please prepare for GMAW, SMAW, and Oxy-Actelyne operations) and also compete in job interview. Registration will open in September, 2021.
Student members will be competing in both job interview and welding. Cost for this event is $20 (lunch will be provided) with all competitors being officially 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 about 8:00 am and end about 2:00 pm.
What to Wear? Contestants will need to 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 image below. Contestants may wear welding attire to job interview portion of contest. Clothing attire will be assessed during Welding Challenge and again during Job Interview portion. Contestants should not wear baseball caps, t-shirts, or any apparel with school or other logo’s on apparel.
How to Prepare:
Read National Technical Standards for Welding and Job Interview that can be found on the National Registration website. Review the job interview scoring rubric (Click) that will be used for job interview portion of the contest.
Welding Challenge Events –
FVTC Welding Challenge • Oshkosh, WI • October 12, 2021 – Registration closes October 7th
MSTC Welding Challenge • WI Rapids, WI • October 22, 2021 * NEW DATE (9/21/21) in 2021 Registration closes October 11th
BTC Welding Challenge • Milton, WI • November 23, 2021 (** Updated Date – Later than usual) Registration closes November 12th
AWI Welding Challenge • No Event in 2021
CVTC Welding Challenge • Eau Claire, WI • No Event in 2021