Experience the Trades Exposes Students to Careers in Manufacturing & Construction

With manufacturing and construction being driver industries in Waukesha County, the Alliance was proud to ignite students’ passion for the trades through an interactive and engaging expo. Experience the Trades provided nearly 1,500 middle and high school students the opportunity to meet 38 local manufacturing and construction employers. Students got to ‘try on’ the trades through activities such as virtual welding, using an imitation grinder to grind parts used on American sailboats, buffing the hood of a car, building a secure structure, surveying with a robotic station, and more.

Workforce is the number one issue facing the business community and the Alliance continues to find ways to show middle and high school students that the manufacturing and construction industries have many fulfilling, stable, high-paying jobs to consider. This year’s expo was a remarkable showcase of the collaboration that can happen when businesses and educational institutions come together. Thank you to the schools, businesses and sponsors who made Experience the Trades a great success.

Participating Schools

  • Elkhorn Area Middle School
  • Palmyra/Eagle Middle School
  • Palmyra/Eagle High School
  • Richmond School District
  • Waukesha South High School
  • Butler Middle School
  • Menomonee Falls High School
  • New Berlin Eisenhower Middle School
  • New Berlin Eisenhower High School
  • Waukesha West High School
  • Horning Middle School
  • Mukwonago High School
  • Mukwonago Middle School
  • Swallow School District
  • Merton Community School District
  • Waukesha North High School
  • Saratoga Middle School
  • Les Paul Middle School
  • Wisconsin Hills Middle School
  • Oconomowoc High School
  • Germantown High School
  • Wisconsin Lutheran High School

Participating Businesses

  • BOLDT
  • Acieta
  • AM Construction Services, Inc.
  • Bevco Engineering Company
  • Bruno Independent Living Aids
  • Building Advantage
  • CC & N
  • CG Schmidt
  • CMCO – Dorner Manufacturing
  • CMCO – Magnetek
  • Corporate Contractors
  • Dielectric Manufacturing
  • Eaton
  • Gardner Builders
  • Generac Power Systems
  • Gilbane
  • GPS Partners
  • Harken, Inc.
  • HO Bostrom Company, Inc.
  • Husco
  • Inpro
  • Interstate Sealant & Concrete
  • Lake Country Manufacturing
  • Lemberg Electric
  • Mectronx
  • MetalTek
  • Milwaukee Tool
  • MTI
  • Paul Davis Restoration
  • Ruekert & Mielke
  • Super Products
  • Superior Crane Corporation
  • Tim O’Brien Homes
  • Tri-North Builders
  • Universal Welding & Engineering, Inc.
  • VJS Construction
  • Walbec Group
  • Waukesha County Technical College