Welding & Fabrication | Western Technical College

Welding & Fabrication

Technical Diploma

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Financial Aid Eligible

Typical Start: 

Fall, Spring

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, and robotic arc welding. You’ll be educated 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 & Fabrication

This program will cost about $6,800* 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 & Fabrication 2019-2020 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding2
Employed in Related Occupation2
Employed in Non-related Occupations0
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education0
Not in Labor Market0

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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
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.

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

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