- In a tough economy, finding a good paying job is difficult, but a new Northwoods school is teaching students valuable skills so they can be employed quickly--and it only takes six months.
"There's so many jobs out there for welding it's a never ending occupation. It's constantly growing constantly advancing," AWI Instructor Edward Anderson.
It's Wisconsin's only welding school. Advanced Welding Institute and it's right in Eagle River.
AWI Student, Kade Kyhos, "I like welding. I like the feeling you get when you're done and you can see what you've done and it gives you that accomplished feeling."
Kade is one of nine students that will be the first to graduate from AWI.
The original school started in Burlington Vermont where students have a 90% placement rate.
Since manufacturing is the largest industry in Wisconsin, it made sense to expand the program here.
AWI Director Brian Scheid "There's a huge shortage of skilled trade workers electricians, plumbers, welders. The money that can be made in welding is enormous."
Welders can be paid anywhere from $12 to $20 an hour. That's nearly three times the minimum wage.
The six month program will cost you $19,900. So what makes this program worth the hefty cost?
"We have 85% hands on training meaning our students are in the booth 85% of the time so they are welding about 7 hours a day. They have about an hour in the classroom," said Scheid.
Classes begin Monday and there's still time to sign up.
AWI spent over $300,000 on top of the line equipment for their facility.
In an ever changing industry keeping up with technology is crucial.
Anderson said "So many different processes, so many different materials, metals, different gases, all the essential variables change. Just knowing how to put that all together it takes time, you have to put your time in.
AWI is hosting an Open House tomorrow between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Anyone can attend.
AWI is located at 8090 Highway 17 in Eagle River.
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