Manufacturing Careers Partnership (MCP) is a growing coalition of manufacturers committed to coordinating efforts with educators and workforce development in promoting initiatives and solutions that will ensure a pipeline of manufacturing talent and career pathways to meet industry needs. The MCP provides a region-wide voice for manufacturers. Learning more, please contact Shelley Jurewicz, VP Economic Development.

The first phase of Welding 101 entailed surveying manufacturers to learn what specific technical knowledge and welding skills manufacturers require be demonstrated in the hiring process of entry-level welders.  The MCP Pre-Employment Welder Skills Survey, developed by MRA – Management Resource Association, for the MCP ran from May 29 – June 26.  Fifty-nine manufacturers completed the survey from around the 7 counties; with responses representing a sample of 1,145 welder jobs. >>Survey Results 


The MCP will advance its work initially through a pilot project: Welding 101

Welding 101 – The start of a lasting career in manufacturing, focuses on the immediate need for welders, with an eye toward serving the long-term needs of other targeted areas of manufacturing talent development.  The goal of the project is a pipeline of qualified welding talent.  >> Learn more about the project.


>> View a growing list of resources
>> View May, 2013 Manufacturing Careers Partnership slides
>> View Feb, 2013 Manufacturing Careers Partnership slides
>> View the Oct 2011 Skills Gap Session Summary

The MCP is being spear-headed by its Advisory Group including:

 Co-Chair:  Joy Global       Dave Biddle       Manager, Technical Services 
 Co-Chair:  Monarch Company      David Mitchell      President/COO
   Badger Alloys      Rob Cowen      President
   Busch Precision      Michael Mallwitz      President
   CooperPower Systems      Thomas Brockley      President
   CooperPower Systems      Jamie Boettcher      HR Manager
   Gateway Technical College      Bryan Albrecht      President
   Gateway Technical College      Benjamin McFarland      Welding Dean
   KHS, USA      Mike Brancato      President
   KHS, USA      Mary Mecurio      HR Director
   MATC      Michael Burke      President
   MATC      Dorothy Walker      Interim Dean IT
   MAWIB      Don Sykes      President/CEO
   MAWIB      Sue Wile      Manager Adult Programs
   Milwaukee Forge      Dave Mesick      President
   Milwaukee Forge      Todd Dunnum      HR Manager
   Moraine Park Technical College      Marcia Amdt      Dean, MFG Technologies
   Nordco      Bruce Boczkiewicz      President
   Nordco      Nancy Zaborowski      HR Manager
   Racine County Workforce Development      Alice Oliver      Manager
   Stainless Foundry      Dan Brockington      President/CEO
   Stainless Foundry      Ken Feucht      VP HR
   Strattec Security Corp.      Kathy Scherbarth      VP MKE Ops
   Supersteel LLC      Dirk Smith      President
   Supersteel LLC      Greg Gaberino      General Manager
   Telsmith      Rick Patek      CFO
   Telsmith      Dennis Maurer      HR Director
   Vilter Manufacturing LLC/Emerson Climate Technology, Inc.      Richard Cundy      VP/CFO
   Vilter Manufacturing LLC/Emerson Climate Technology, Inc.      Mark Stencel      VP/GM
   Waukesha County Business Alliance            
   WCTC      Barbara Prindiville      President
   WCTC      Mike Shiels      Assoc. Dean, MFG & Engineering Technologies
   Weldall Manufacturing      David Bahl      VP
   WI Technical College System      James Mackey      
   WOW Workforce Development      Paco Sanchez      President
   WOW Workforce Development      Laura Catherman      Planner