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Welding

Technical Diploma

34 Credits | 1 Year

Financial Aid-Eligible

Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior

Career Cluster: Manufacturing

Learn the latest skills from experienced instructors who will provide you with plenty of hands-on training. WITC follows the American Welding Society Skill Standards to provide you with knowledge and skills in welding theory, fabrication, layout, print reading, welding symbols, math and welding codes.  

Program Overview

The Welding program teaches safety during all aspects of welding and cutting. Safety is the most important aspect of proper workmanship. Next, you will be taught the science and art of cutting, fabricating and welding using the latest equipment and technologies. Most entry-level welders can expect to be employed full time with full fringe benefits. Their duties can include fabricating parts and assemblies by reading blueprints, codes, specifications, weld symbols and drawings. Beginners can assist with material preparation, tack up, fitting and finally welding when you prove your ability in the workplace. The work can be physically demanding. Welding requires good manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination. Other essential employability skills include paying attention to details, working well with others in teams, having good communication skills, a positive attitude, excellent attendance and punctuality, and a good work ethic. Manual, semi-automatic and robotic welding will all continue to enjoy strong demand for the foreseeable future. 

Program Outcomes

Welding graduates will be able to:

  • 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 cutting operations
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You will spend a majority of your time in the lab practicing different welding and cutting processes along with fabricating a number of different projects. WITC's welding labs are equipped with the latest welding technology. You will learn to use a CNC plasma cutter, robotic welder, weld simulator along with SMAW, GMAW, FCAW and GTAW welding machines. 

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The welding lab on campus

Highly skilled.

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Current technology. 


Academics

Welding program graduates will 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) and perform cutting operations. 

Hearing protection is required in all WITC welding labs. 

Employability essentials and indicators will also be addressed to develop personal awareness, career effectiveness and professionalism. 

Experienced Instructors

WITC's welding instructors have extensive occupational experience and education. They bring real-world knowledge to the classroom to ensure that graduates leave with a solid foundation to start their career in the welding industry. 

Convenient Learning

For your convenience, you can take Welding at any one of WITC's four locations. Daytime and evening options are offered at most of WITC's locations.   

AWS Standards

Students are taught welding skills and theory, fabrication, layout, print reading, welding symbols, math and welding codes based on the American Welding Society Skill Standards. 


Curriculum

Program-specific subjects covered include Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Flux-cored Arc Welding and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding as well as Printing Reading and Fabrication. Oxy/Fuel cutting and plasma cutting are also an important part of the welding curriculum.  Robotic welding and CNC plasma cutting are incorporated in Fabrication and Print Reading course work.   

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Featured Welding Courses

31442375
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UGRD
| 2 CR
This course introduces the student to an advanced level of SMAW welding. It includes the study of the type of metals and equipment utilized in SMAW welding. The instruction emphasizes accepted applications in butting and joining metals utilizing standard welding techniques. COREQUISITE: 31442374 Shielded Metal Arc Welding 2.
31442325
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UGRD
| 3 CR
This course introduces the student to the basics of metal fabrication including the use of layout tools and principles, and blueprint interpretation. Also, weldment fit-up, tacking, distortion, and flame straightening are covered. The use of shears, drilling, taping, painting, and CNC cutting equipment for fabrication purposes is also covered. PREREQUISITES: 31442321 Print Reading - Welding Trades, 31442370 Gas Metal Arc Welding 1, 31442373 Shielded Metal Arc Welding 1, 31442374 Shielded Metal Arc Welding 2, 31442376 Oxyfuel & Arc Cutting Processes, and COREQUISITE: 31442375 Shielded Metal Arc Welding 3.
31442379
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UGRD
| 2 CR
This course introduces the student to the basics of GTAW welding operations. It includes the study of the type of metals and equipment utilized in welding. The instruction emphasizes accepted applications in butting and joining metals utilizing standard industry techniques. COREQUISITE: 31442380 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 2.

Welding is Part of a Career Pathway

As a Welding student at WITC, you can earn credentials each step of the way. 

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You could take this first and get a credential.

Shielded Metal Arc (SMAW)

Technical Diploma
7 Credits / Less Than 1 Year
Potential Careers
Production Welding, Welder Helper
Range of Yearly Salary
$19,654-$35,027 annually
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Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)

Technical Diploma
7 Credits / Less Than 1 Year Part Time
Potential Careers
Production Welder, Welder Helper
Range of Yearly Salary
$19,654-$35,027 annually
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Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)

Technical Diploma
6 Credits / Less than 1 Year Part Time
Potential Careers
Production Welder, Welder Helper
Range of Yearly Salary
$19,654-$35,027 annually
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Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)

Technical Diploma
6 Credits / Less than 1 Year
Potential Careers
Production Welder, Welder Helper
Range of Yearly Salary
$19,654-$35,027 annually
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Welding/Maintenance and Fabrication

Technical Diploma
14 Credits / Less Than 1 Year
Potential Careers
Production Welding, Welder / Fitter, Flame Cutter / Machine Operator
Range of Yearly Salary
$24,958-$40,016 annually
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Technical Diploma
34 Credits / 1 Year Full Time
Potential Careers
Production Welder, Construction Welding, Maintenance Welding, Welding Machine Operator
Range of Yearly Salary
$27,038-$60,690 annually
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Admissions and Tuition

WITC has a simple admission process that can be completed in one visit. To start the process, simply fill out an application form along with a $30 application fee. After you’ve successfully submitted your application, your next step is to schedule an admissions meeting with a WITC counselor to discuss your goals and expectations. That’s it!

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Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships. 

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Estimated Total Program Costs*

Welding

34 Credits | 1 Year

$6,347

$731 for books (including tax)

$500 for tools, supplies and uniforms


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 


After the WITC Welding Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain technical diplomas in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Welding/Maintenance and Fabrication, and Welding. 

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Transfer Options

Transfer your WITC credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Career Outlooks

WITC's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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Gainful Employment

Established by the U.S. Department of Education, Gainful Employment is available to help you make an informed decision about which career to pursue. This required information shows data about how WITC's technical diploma programs that receive federal financial aid lead to gainful employment in recognized careers. 

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Sara Eckstein

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800.243.9482 ext. 6243

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