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    metal fabrication


      Video: Metal Fabrication

      Program Number: 31-457-2
      School Year: 2019-2020
      Technical Diploma (1 year)
      Campus: Fond du Lac
      This program is eligible for financial aid

      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

      • $39,496

      Approximate Costs

      • $134.20 per credit (resident)
      • $201.30 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

      • Demonstrate industry recognized safety practices
      • Form materials to detailed drawings
      • Cut materials to detailed drawings
      • Join materials to detailed drawings
      • Layout components/assemblies
      • Inspect product

      Career Opportunities

      • Fabricator
      • Press Brake Operator
      • Laser Operator
      • Robotic Welding Operator

      Opportunities for Advancement

      Graduates of the program may transfer some credits into Moraine Park's Fabrication Technologies associate of applied science degree if they decide to continue their education.

      Admission Process

      Visit the Admissions Page for details

      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


      Semester 1
      103-159**Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office1
      442-331Welding Print Reading2
      442-338Cutting Processes1
      442-357Gas Metal Arc Welding 1 (GMAW)2
      457-351Metal Fabrication 12
      457-352Metal Fabrication 22
      804-360Occupational Mathematics 12
      890-101**College 1012
      Semester 2
      457-146Advanced Fabrication Techniques4
      457-148Metal Cutting and Forming Processes3
      623-162Manufacturing Processes3
      801-310Occupational Communication2
       - OR - 
      801-136English Composition 13
      804-118Intermediate Algebra with Applications4
      Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements32

      Institutional Requirements

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

      Program Guide

      For additional information on program curriculum, prerequisites and general education course options, please contact your advisor.

      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.