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      Video: Welding

      Program Number: 31-442-1
      School Year: 2019-2020
      Technical Diploma (1 year)
      Campus: Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac, and Jackson Regional Center
      This program is eligible for financial aid

      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

      • $38,685

      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

      • 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

      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

      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
      442-356Shielded 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
      457-351Metal Fabrication 12
      457-352Metal Fabrication 22
      801-310Occupational Communication2
       - OR - 
      801-196Oral and Interpersonal Communication3
      Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements28

      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.

      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.