Making the World Go Round

When Madie Brandt was a sophomore in high school, she took her first welding class and knew right away it would not be her last. “I like hands-on work, and the shop atmosphere suits me,” she said.

As Madie approached the end of her senior year and began contemplating her future steps, she consulted with her father about pursuing a career in welding.  “My dad is a diesel mechanic. He grew up racing cars and developed skills in fabrication,” she said. “He told me that if this had been in the back of my mind for two years, then it was probably meant to be.”

Madie enrolled in FVCC’s welding program in 2020 and is excelling in her courses. She will graduate in 2022 with a Welding and Fabrication Technology degree and plans to secure a fabrication job in the Flathead Valley.

She is glad she took her father’s advice. “I wouldn’t be loving school as much as I do if I had chosen a different field,” she said.

And as for Madie’s father, he is undoubtedly proud. There may not be any greater compliment a child can pay a parent then choosing to follow in their professional footsteps. “People in the trades make the world go round,” Madie said. “They deserve appreciation for what they do.”

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