Sphatt, Walker

E.K. Machine recently recognized Christian Sphatt for completing the manufacturing youth apprenticeship program in welding. Sphatt is pictured with his mentor Shaun Walker.

FALL RIVER | E.K. Machine recently recognized Christian Sphatt for completing the manufacturing youth apprenticeship program in welding.

As a youth apprentice, Sphatt divided his time between traditional high school classes and on-the-job work experience, completing more than 900 hours of paid training.

During his apprenticeship Sphatt learned many valuable skills including how to read technical drawings, interpret welding symbols, fixture production, cutting and welding set ups, tacking work pieces, and welding on a variety of metals.

In April, Christian tested his welding skills at the Skills USA competition and was recognized as the best high school welder in Wisconsin for the second year.

Upon completion of the youth apprenticeship program, students have the option to continue employment with E.K. Machine. Sphatt will continue his training in the Marine Corps.

Sphatt joined E.K. Machine in September 2012 during his junior year at Sun Prairie High School and was the organization’s first youth apprentice.

E.K. Machine partners with several local school districts to provide high school students with the opportunity to learn more about manufacturing and the skilled trades. Nancy Everson, school-to-career specialist at the Sun Prairie Area School District, helps match students with employers that provide youth apprenticeships.

“Sun Prairie High School has been very fortunate to have such a great relationship with E.K. Machine. We really love partnering with this great company and can’t thank them enough for all the support they have provided us. ” Everson said.

E.K. Machine currently provides training to two welding youth apprentices from Sun Prairie High School. Students interested in a youth apprenticeship with E.K. Machine should contact their district’s School to Work Coordinator.