Metal Fabrication

Metal Fabrication video

Program Number: 31-457-2
School Year: 2015-2016
Technical Diploma (1 year)
Campus: Fond du Lac

Program Description

Moraine Park’s two-semester Metal Fabrication technical diploma helps individuals develop fabrication skills that are used in today’s industries. Through hands-on experience, students gain skills in fabricating that may lead to FMA Precision Sheet Metal certification. Students build metal products start to finish. Students read prints and learn automated cutting, forming and welding using lean practices. Students learn gas metal arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding and oxy-fuel cutting. The coursework also provides instruction in math, communications skills, lean manufacturing practices and quality applications used in today’s advanced manufacturing companies.

Representatives from business and industry have identified skills that are essential to success in manufacturing. Students will be expected to demonstrate the Critical Core Manufacturing Skills (CCMS) throughout all manufacturing classes. These skills include: work cooperatively, work productively, listen effectively, demonstrate a positive attitude, maintain a safe work environment, demonstrate integrity, communicate clearly, follow directions, apply problem solving strategies, apply mathematical reasoning, think critically and adapt to change.

Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

  • $33,277

Approximate Costs


  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 per credit (out-of-state resident)

Fall/Spring Semester

  • $128.40 per credit (resident)
  • $192.60 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

  • Program Outcomes

    • Interpret industrial prints.
    • Apply mathematical reasoning.
    • Set-up and operate industrial welding and cutting equipment.
    • Set-up and operate metal fabrication equipment.

    Career Opportunities

    • Fabricator
    • Press Brake Operator
    • Laser Operator

    Opportunities for Advancement

    Graduates of the program may directly transfer their credits into Moraine Park's Fabrication Technologies associate of applied science degree if they decide to continue their education. Students who plan to continue with the Fabrication Technologies program should follow the Metal Fabrication to Fabrication Technologies academic planner.

    Admission Process

    • Submit the college admission application.   
    • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
    • Submit high school and other official college transcripts.   
    • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
    • Attend a program orientation with your advisor.   
    • Check with Admissions if any additional steps are required.   

    Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

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    Number Title Crs
    Term 1
    103-159 **Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
    442-309 Introduction to Welding Processes 4
    442-331 Welding Print Reading 2
    442-345 Metal Fabrication 4
    804-360 Occupational Mathematics 1 2
    890-101 **College 101 2
    Total 15
    Term 2
    457-146 Advanced Fabrication Techniques 4
    457-147 Metallurgy 2
    457-148 Metal Cutting and Forming Processes 3
    623-162 Manufacturing Processes 3
    801-310 Occupational Communication 2
     - OR - 
    801-136 English Composition 1 3
    804-113 College Technical Mathematics 1A 3
    Total 17
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 32

    Exit Assessment

    A capstone project is the exit assessment graduation requirement for the program.

    Institutional Requirements

    ** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation. Consequently, they are not part of the program credit requirements.

    Academic Planner

    Transfer Opportunities

    Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

    Additional Information

    Student project may incur additional fees.