Area students interested in welding careers got a head start Thursday thanks to Schuette Metals.
They visited Wausau West High School as part of their Manufacturing Days Celebration.
Students got to try out a welding simulator, which measures aspects of the craft such as work angle, travel speed, and position in the joint. This helps identify a person's welding ability.
The top three students will then go on to compete for prizes with students from other schools.
Experts say welding is a job that interested students should consider.
"You don't have to have a four year college degree and you can make good money because there is a demand for welders right now and a shortage in the United States," says Anthony Schmidt, Director of Education at Schuette Inc.
Schuette Metals will also visit DC Everest and Mosinee High Schools in the coming days. They visited Wausau East at the end of last month.