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    Video: Welding

    Program Number: 31-442-1
    School Year: 2017-2018
    Technical Diploma (1 year)
    Campus: Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac, and Jackson Regional Center

    Program Description

    Individuals who have a knack for technology and enjoy working with their hands can make their mark -- and some sparks -- with a career in welding.

    Moraine Park’s Welding technical diploma program teaches individuals the welding and fabrication skills needed in today’s industries. Through hands-on experience in a welding laboratory, students gain skills in all welding positions leading to welder certification.

    Courses cover gas metal arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, and oxy-fuel cutting. The coursework also provides instruction in print reading, math and communications skills, lean processes and sustainability practices.

    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.

    Tools And Equipment

    In addition to welding tools, safety glasses, welding gloves, helmet, and jacket, and steel-toed leather workboots are required for this program.

    Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

    • $36,128

    Approximate Costs

    • $132.20 per credit (resident)
    • $198.30 per credit (out-of-state resident)
    • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
    • Please refer to the MPTC Student Handbook for additional enrollment fee information.

    Program Outcomes

    • Interpret welding drawings.
    • Operate metal fabricating equipment.
    • Perform thermal cutting.
    • Produce gas metal arc welds (GMAW).
    • Produce gas tungsten arc welds (GTAW).
    • Produce shielded metal arc welds (SMAW).
    • Produce flux core welds.
    • Demonstrate industry-recognized safety practices.

    Career Opportunities

    • Production Welder
    • Pre-Apprentice/Apprentice
    • Welder/Fitter
    • Finish Welder
    • Welder/Fabricator

    Career Pathways

    Career Pathways offer a guide to help you achieve your education and employment goals. With short-term education options based on stackable credits, Career Pathways allow you to build upon your education goals as you plan your career advancement. At each step of the way, your classes will stack to more advanced certificates and diplomas, earning industry recognized credentials that provide you potentially new employment opportunities.

    Opportunities for Advancement

    Many credits from the Welding technical diploma will transfer into the Metal Fabrication technical diploma. If the Welding program interests you and you are interested in opportunities to continue your education in the fabrication field, meet with your academic advisor.


    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.   

    Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

    Gainful Employment

    The information below is provided as a federal requirement in an effort to help students make informed educational decisions. Specifically, Gainful Employment aims to provide information related to future potential debt burden in comparison to the expected earnings in a chosen program or field.

    Gainful Employment Data

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    Term 1
    442-331Welding Print Reading2
    442-337Welding Theory and Safety1
    442-338Cutting Processes1
    442-356Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)2
    442-357Gas Metal Arc Welding 1 (GMAW)2
    442-358Gas Metal Arc Welding 2 (GMAW)2
    804-360Occupational Mathematics 12
    890-101**College 1012
    Term 2
    103-159**Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office1
    442-359Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW)2
    442-386Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 1 (GTAW)2
    442-387Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 2 (GTAW)2
    442-392Advanced Welding and Metals2
    457-351Metal Fabrication 12
    457-352Metal Fabrication 22
    801-310Occupational Communication2
     - OR - 
    801-196Oral and Interpersonal Communication3
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements29

    Students will earn welding certificates upon successful completion of courses in the:

    Institutional Requirements

    ** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation.

    Academic Planner

    Current students, please see your Advisor for your academic planner.

    Transfer Opportunities

    Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

    Additional Information

    *Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

    Student project may incur additional fees.

    For co-curricular activities and opportunities related to this program/certificate, click here.