Representatives from FPS were proud judges and supporters of the Wisconsin College/Post-secondary Welding and Metal fabrication competition, conducted April 30 through May 1, in Madison, Wis. The competition was part of the 46th annual SkillsUSA Wisconsin State Leadership and Skills Conference.
FPS Business Manager, Carolyn Thompson, and General Manager, Scott Rose, judged nine three-member welding and fabrication teams as each group built a unique steel fire pit. The project required various arc welding techniques, oxy-fuel cutting, blacksmithing, fabrication, organized teamwork and time management. In addition, teams were judged on safety in the use of grinders, welders and protective attire. The top teams will move on to the SkillsUSA National Championship.
“…it’s great to see a dedicated group that represents the next generation of welders and fabricators in such a positive light.”
“What an opportunity for these students to showcase their skills and, more importantly, the pride and energy they bring to their trade,” Thompson says. “As a manufacturer who relies on skilled employees, it’s great to see a dedicated group that represents the next generation of welders and fabricators in such a positive light.”
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. The 2019 conference featured more than 1,800 tech, middle and high school students, their 200-plus teachers, and over 300 industry volunteers working in more than 80 competitions including architectural drafting/CAD, automotive service technology, cabinetmaking, cosmetology, culinary arts, masonry, robotics and automation, welding, woodworking and other skilled trades.