Welding Challenges

The United States will need 400,000 welders to fill jobs by 2025, according to the American Welding Society. Welders work in aerospace, automotive, electronics, construction, manufacturing, oil and gas, and shipbuilding industries. Participating in a SkillsUSA Welding Challenge will give you a headstart in developing the skills needed for your future career.

During the Welding Challenge, SkillsUSA members will participate in a hands-on welding competition, take a written test, and participate in a job interview.

  • Registration takes place on the Member Information System. Be sure to note the registration close date below. It is possible that a contest will close prior to the registration close date if all spots are filled.
  • Welding Challenges are for high school SkillsUSA members.
  • At least one adult advisor should accompany each school that is in attendance.
  • Due to the popularity of this competition, schools are limited to a certain number of spots determined by the host site.
    • If a school wishes to register more than the max per school allotment, they may register those students in the alternate registration category. The school will be contacted prior to the competition if there is room for their alternate to compete. 
    • Participants need to be registered as SkillsUSA members for the current membership year. Click here to register as a member and for the Welding Challenge.
    • The registration fee for student members is $20. There is no cost for the adult advisor.
  • Lunch will be provided. Be sure that any dietary restrictions are listed on your registration submission.
  • Gold, silver, and bronze medals will be awarded during each Welding Challenge for both the welding portion and the job interview portion.
    • The gold medal recipient of the welding portion will have a guaranteed spot at the State Leadership & Skills Conference welding competition in April as those spots tend to fill quite quickly.
  • All participants must bring a resume for the job interview portion and any safety equipment outlined in the technical standards document. 

TBD Blackhawk Technical College Advanced Manufacturing Training Center 15 Plumb Street, Milton, WI 53563 8:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 4 per school/24 total TBD  TBD
TBD Mid-State Technical College Wisconsin Rapids Campus 500 – 32nd Street N., Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494 8:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. 4 per school/32 total TBD   TBD
Tuesday, October 1, 2024 Fox Valley Technical College Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center 4200 Poberezny Road, Oshkosh, WI 54902 8:15 a.m. 1:45 p.m. 6 per school/32 total TBD  TBD