Welding

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Technical Diploma

Program Number: 

314421

Credits: 

30.00
Financial Aid Available

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

Welding

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 2014-2015 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates27
Graduates Responding10
Employed in Related Occupation6
Employed in Non-related Occupations1
Seeking Employment2
Continuing Education1
Not in Labor Market0

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Responding05
Average Hours Per Week42
Median Hourly Wage$19.71
Hourly Wage Range$13.00 - $21.85
Median Annual Salary$40,997.00

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Iron Worker; C.D. Smith Construction, Inc., Fond Du Lac, WI
  • Union Iron Worker; Local 383 Iron Workers, La Crosse, WI

Career Opportunities

Welder
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

Application
$30 Application Fee

Program Specific Requirements

Writing/English: 

ACT: 16
COMPASS: 56
ACCUPLACER: 60

Reading: 

ACT: 16
COMPASS: 75
ACCUPLACER: 59

Math/Pre-Algebra: 

ACT: 18
COMPASS: 38
ACCUPLACER: 67

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.

Welding

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