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WisBusiness: the podcast with Joel Zielke, Commercial Director of Steamfitters Local 601

This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: The Podcast” is with Joel Zielke, Business Manager of Steamfitters Local 601 in Madison.

He discusses the role of apprenticeship in the trades, highlighting a recent competition for apprentices held at the Steamfitters Local 601 training center in Madison. It included plumbers, sprinkler installers, HVAC service technicians and pipefitters from 11 states, and Zielke said it was “a great opportunity” to showcase the Madison facility.

“He really incorporated a lot of facets of the different pipe crafts and the guys are graded on that – on the theory part and on the practical part – and the winners go to Ann Arbor for the national competition,” he said. -he declares.

Zielke also touts trades as an alternative route to attending college or university.

“Some people prefer to work with their hands, or take on a career that is outdoors or a bit more physically demanding,” he said.

He noted that the cost of apprenticeships is generally much lower than that of a university degree, as graduate journeypersons reimburse the system to cover the training costs of incoming apprentices.

“It’s a nice way to train people for minimal cost, and then at some point that journeyman is there working, they reciprocate,” he said. “They pay for the training school and pay for the next batch of apprentices that come through.”

Listen to the podcast below, sponsored by UW-Madison: