Welding & Fabrication | Western Technical College

Welding & Fabrication

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. If you possess good math skills, attention to detail, and a commitment to quality work, welding could be the career for you.

In Western's program, you will receive comprehensive training that covers both theory and practical aspects in all types of welding, including shielded metal arc, oxy-fuel, gas metal arc, and gas tungsten arc welding. You'll learn about the proper use of tools and equipment, safety, and blueprint reading as you practice welding joints in different positions and on various types of metals.

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

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Welding & Fabrication

This program will cost about $5,089* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, view the Tuition page or Cost of Attendance document.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Welding & Fabrication 2020-2021 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding7
Employed in Related Occupation2
Employed in Non-related Occupations2
Seeking Employment2
Continuing Education3
Not in Labor Market0

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week40
Median Hourly Wage
Hourly Wage Range
Median Annual Salary

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Welder, Welder Fabricator

Career Opportunities

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

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion
  • 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

Software and Technology

This program requires specific software and technology to complete classwork. Click here to see the list of items you will need for your courses.

If you do not have access to the items listed for your program, or if the items you have do not meet the requirements, resources may be available. Submit a Student Resource Request using our online form.

Internet access is required to access student accounts from off campus. The Learning Commons can provide information on free, off-campus Wi-Fi spots. Contact them at LearningCommons@westerntc.edu or call 608-785-9198.

For additional specifications, please review Technology and Software Recommendations for Most Classes on Western’s IT Knowledgebase.

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 & Fabrication

Career Pathways

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