Program Number: 31-442-1
School Year: 2020-2021
Technical Diploma (1 year)
Campus: Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac, and Jackson Regional Center
This program is eligible for financial aid

Do you love working with your hands and technology? Make your mark—and a few sparks—with a career in welding through Moraine Park Technical College’s 1-year Welding technical diploma.

About the Program

Want to become a welder? Get the training you need to gain entry-level employment (in less than a year!) in Moraine Park’s Welding technical diploma program.

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.

What You'll Learn

Upon completion, students will know how to 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 cored arc welds (FCAW) and demonstrate safety practices.

We want our students to succeed in the classroom and beyond, which is why we have worked with leaders in business and industry to develop Critical Core Manufacturing Skills (CCMS). The welding diploma at MPTC is designed to help students 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.

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Approximate Costs
  • $136.50 per credit (resident)
  • $204.75 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 (FCAW).
  • Demonstrate industry-recognized safety practices.
Career Opportunities
  • Production Welder
  • Pre-Apprentice/Apprentice
  • Welder/Fitter
  • Finish Welder
  • Welder/Fabricator
  • Robotic Welding Operator
Program Opportunities

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

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

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    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.

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    Semester 1
    103-159**Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office1
    442-331Welding Print Reading2
    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
    Semester 2
    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
    457-345Metal Fabrication4
    801-310Occupational Communication2
     - OR - 
    801-196Oral and Interpersonal Communication3
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements28