VR training helps boost interest in welding at Madison College

MADISON, Wis. — A massive 53-foot tractor-trailer from the American Welding Society is helping spark some interest in welding at Madison College.

A free event at the college Thursday gave people the chance to practice making a weld using virtual equipment with no smoke or fire to worry about. The VR training has been around for 15 years but has recently begun to pick up steam.

Like many other industries, there are numerous job openings available locally and nationally.

“Every student that we graduate, if they want a job in the field, they have at least three or more to pick from, so it is definitely a job seeker’s market,” said Hannah Wolf, a faculty member in the college’s metal fabrication program.

Madison College offers one-year welding and metal fabrication degrees, with programs running from September to July or August.