Technical Diploma

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Skilled welders are in great demand, and the outlook for employment remains good in our region and nationwide as the manufacturing and construction industries continue to grow. With good math skills, attention to detail, and a preoccupation with quality, you could make welding a career.

Our program covers theory and practice in all types of welding: shielded metal arc, oxy-fuel, gas metal arc, and gas tungsten arc. You’ll be schooled in the proper use of tools and equipment, safety, and blueprint reading as you practice welding joints in all positions and on all types of metals.

Heavy construction and manufacturing depend on skilled welders and offer excellent wages to those who are up to the challenge.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost


This program will cost about $5,900* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Welding 2015-2016 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding29
Employed in Related Occupation14
Employed in Non-related Occupations8
Seeking Employment2
Continuing Education5
Not in Labor Market0

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week2140
Median Hourly Wage$15.95 $15.04
Hourly Wage Range$14.90 - $17.00$13.00 - $21.85
Median Annual Salary$18,018.00 $31,272.08

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Pipe Fitter Plumbing Trainee; Winona Heating & Ventilation, Winona, MN
  • Tig Welder; Franklin Fuels, Madison, WI
  • Truss Builder; Select Truss, West Salem, WI
  • Welder Fabricator; JF Brennan, La Crosse, WI
  • Welder Fabricator; Walker Stainless, Elroy, WI
  • Welder Trainee; A&B Process Systems Corporation, Stratford, WI
  • Welder/Robotic Welder; D&S Manufacturing, Black River Falls, WI
  • Welder; ANOVA, Winona, MN
  • Welder; DTS, Black River Falls, WI
  • Welder; Enlightened Equipment, Winona, MN
  • Welder; River Steele, La Crosse, WI
  • Welder; Taunton Welding, Taunton, MN
  • Welder; USEMCO, Tomah, WI

Career Opportunities

Production Welder
Fabrication Welder
Mig/Tig Welder
Metal Fabricator
Pipe Welder
Robotic Welder

Program Outcomes

  • Use effective communication skills
  • Apply mathematical concepts
  • Transfer social and natural science theories into practical applications
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically
  • Demonstrate ability to value self and work ethically with others in a diverse population
  • Use technology effectively
  • Make decisions that incorporate the importance of sustainability
  • Demonstrate industry recognized safety practices
  • Interpret welding drawings
  • Produce shielded metal arc welds (SMAW)
  • Produce gas metal arc welds (GMAW)
  • Produce flux core welds
  • Produce gas tungsten arc welds (GTAW)
  • Perform thermal cutting

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in writing/sentence skills, reading comprehension, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the exemptions here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

Gainful Employment

Transfer Agreements

University of WI - Oshkosh

Career Pathways

This program is part of a career pathway, a laddered approach to career education. It allows you to earn employer-recognized credentials that lead to job and career advancement.


Career Pathways

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