Welding Career Outlook

Percent Employed




WITC Welding Graduate Survey Responses 2015-2016

Employed in Related Field


Employed in a Related Field


WITC Welding Graduate Survey Responses 2015-2016

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$19,654 - $55,376

Range of Yearly Salary





Typical positions available after graduation include:

A professional in the industry welding a pipe


Welders work in a wide variety of industries, from car racing to manufacturing. The work that welders do and the equipment they use vary with the industry. Arc welding, the most common type of welding today, uses electrical currents to create heat and bond metals together—but there are more than 100 different processes that a welder can use. The type of weld is usually determined by the types of metals being joined and the conditions under which the welding is to take place.

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Flame Cutter/Machine Welder

Cutters use heat to cut and trim metal objects to specific dimensions. Their work is closely related to that of welders. However, instead of joining metals, cutters use the heat from an electric arc, a stream of ionized gas called plasma, or burning gases to cut and trim metal objects to specific dimensions. Cutters also dismantle large objects, such as ships, railroad cars, automobiles, buildings and aircraft. Some operate and monitor cutting machines similar to those used by welding machine operators.

Additional opportunities include:

  • Production Welder

  • Construction Welder

  • Maintenance Welder

  • Welder Helper

  • Welding Machine Operator

Transfer Opportunities

After you complete your Welding technical diploma at WITC, you can transfer to another college to continue your education and earn your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

Articulation Agreements

The Welding program at WITC has articulation agreements with UW-Stout. 

The college listed above has developed a technical diploma to bachelor degree Articulation Agreement with WITC (bachelor degree programs vary); other colleges may accept WITC credits upon a transcript review.

Potential careers available with further education include:

  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • High School Technology Education Instructor

Potential Starting Wages:

  • $47,299–$63,460

Hear From Graduates

"Being a retired military veteran of 22 years, I have attended numerous training schools and programs. I can't remember a level of professionalism as high as brought forth by the staff at WITC. I've seen a genuine commitment to quality education as well as a sincere concern for the success of the student." 

Marty, USCG (retired)

The potential starting wage range is compiled from 2016 WITC or WTCS Graduate Follow-Up Report. If not available, wage data is compiled from Economic Modeling Software Intl (10th and 25th percentile earnings) and/or Wisconsin Worknet (Wage Comparison Tool) using the Standard Occupation Code(s) (SOC) the WTCS has assigned to the programs. When possible, the wage range is compiled using data from the 11 counties within the WITC district. Starting wage ranges for new programs are reviewed by the advisory team. Wage data was compiled August 2017. 


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