Welding lab doubled at WCTC
According to a news release, Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) in Pewaukee will be doubling its physical space and training capacity and allowing for heavy plate welding training.
“This expansion was necessary because we did not have the ability to do heavy plate welding in our current lab and there has been a considerable demand for welders from employers in our area,” said Mike Shiels, dean of WCTC’s School of Applied Technologies. “We needed to expand capacity to graduate more students from our welding programs and deliver more short-term training programs.”
The expansion to the welding lab in the college’s Advanced Manufacturing Center began in October 2012 and was completed in late January. The expansion doubled lab space from approximately 5,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet and includes the addition of 19 new Lincoln welding stations, bringing the lab’s total number of welding stations to 44.
Much of the expansion focused on the logistical aspects of being able to safely move heavy plate material around the lab and improving material handling and processing for welding training, Shiels said. To further help with material transport, a jib crane will be installed in the lab this summer.
There are currently 200 students enrolled in WCTC’s welding programs. Those interested in heavy plate welding will need to be trained in other processes first, with full-scale heavy plate training to begin in summer, Shiels said.
“This expansion allows us to bring people off the waiting list and double the number of students we train every year to help meet the current demand for employees in the welding field,” Shiels said.
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