Metal Fabrication/Welding - Advanced
69-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree
Metal fabrication prepares metal for a specific use. It involves manipulating metal from one form to another for a particular purpose. In the Metal Fabrication/Welding - Advanced Associate of Applied Science Degree program, develop higher-level skills involving the intricate planning and preparing a part for cutting, fabrication and welding, and produce parts by employing new techniques and using a variety of materials. Gain advanced skills in operating computer-controlled press brakes and shears, plasma arc cutting machines and micro-processor-based power sources. Emphasis is placed on welding techniques and joining methods.
- The Degree program will prepare students for higher skill level fabricator, laser operator, welder/press operator or welder jobs.
- The curriculum for the Metal Fabrication/Welding Technical Diploma program is the first year of studies in the Metal Fabrication/Welding - Advanced Associate of Applied Science Degree program. Students who complete the technical diploma will require just one additional year of studies to earn their associate degree.
- Internship opportunities provide technical, hands-on learning in real-world settings.
- Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
- Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $41,150
Program Code 10-457-2
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)
Not required for graduation Required for Graduation
View course descriptions of all required courses
View course descriptions of all required courses
420-120 Machine Tool/Fabrication
This course is designed to provide fabrication students with knowledge and applications of machine tool safety, processes, operation, and cutting conditions. The student will be required to produce a number of acceptable piece parts from standard blueprints.
442-150 Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
This course teaches Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) principles and techniques. The course includes metal preparation processes, equipment set-up, and welding techniques related to different metal types and welding positions. This course helps prepare students for American Welding Society (AWS) entry-level certifications.
457-110 Blueprint Reading - Fab
Develop basic skills in interpreting welding drawings used in today's welding shops. Includes fundamentals of orthographic projection, dimension techniques, section views, and welding symbols. Learners sketch various views of an object to help visualize the relationship between views.
457-160 Metal Fabrication 1
Learn the basics of metal fabrication safety, production, measuring, hand tools and layout. Learn how to use power shears, press brakes, box and pan brake, drilling equipment, hydraulic iron worker and various power saws. Demonstrate proficiency in fabrication through related projects.
457-125 Manual Thermal Cutting Process
Apply safe handling of cutting equipment and gas cylinders. Learn manual and machine oxygen fuel cutting, plasma cutting and air carbon arc cutting. Visually inspect welds and cut edges.
Approved Substitutes: 457-120 Thermal Cutting - Manual
804-107 College Mathematics
Review and develop fundamental concepts of mathematics pertinent to the areas of arithmetic and algebra; geometry and trigonometry; and probability and statistics. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking and logical reasoning, making connections and using calculators. Topics include performing arithmetic operations and simplifying algebraic expressions, solving linear equations and inequalities in one variable, solving proportions and incorporating percent applications, manipulating formulas, solving and graphing systems of linear equations and inequalities in two variables, finding areas and volumes of geometric figures, applying similar and congruent triangles, converting measurements within and between U.S. and metric systems, applying Pythagorean Theorem, solving right and oblique triangles, calculating probabilities, organizing data and interpreting charts, calculating central and spread measures, and summarizing and analyzing data.
Approved Substitutes: 804-115 College Technical Math 1; or 804-113 College Technical Math 1A
422-103 Metals Technology/Fabricators
The purpose of this course is to educate students in the areas of basic ferrous metallurgy and the properties of metals. Students will perform both destructive and non-destructive testing of metals. Although the emphasis of the course will be on basic ferrous metallurgy; the course will briefly cover the properties of cast irons, stainless steels, and aluminum.
457-121 Automated Cutting Processes 1
The purpose of this course is to educate Metal Fabrication students in the area of advanced cutting processes. Students will be given the opportunity to setup, program, operate and perform maintenance on CNC controlled machines used to process different materials. Cutting processes covered during the duration of this course will be, Laser, Plasma, and Oxy/Acetylene cutting. Students will be required to operate multiple pieces of equipment throughout the course of the semester. To be successful it is highly recommended that the student has completed or is currently enrolled in Blueprint Reading for Metal Fab, and Industrial Math 1.
457-165 Metal Fabrication 2
Apply layout, blueprint, weld symbol interpretation, dimension conversations, welding, machine set-ups and fabrication skills to safely complete metal fabrication projects correctly. Emphasis on advanced programming of the press brake is addressed. Maintain safety in the shop for all operations with hand tools and machinery. Writing documentation for machine safety to prove comprehension. Identify first aid, 5 "S" and the use of indoor cranes.
442-170 Flux Cored Arc Welding
This course teaches Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) principles and techniques. The course includes metal preparation processes, equipment set-up, welding techniques and welding positions. This course helps prepare students for American Welding Society (AWS) entry-level certifications.
Approved Substitutes: 442-180 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
Practice the necessary skills for effective speech delivery, listening, assertiveness, conflict resolution, teamwork and general interpersonal communication.
809-199 Psychology of Human Relations
Examine the principles of interaction as applied to human relations at home and on the job. Explore topics such as self-concept, personality development, learning, motivation, emotions, stress, human relations processes and special relationships.
442-190 Robotic Arc Welding 1
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to robotic welding operation, setup and programming. The student will be required to produce a number of acceptable piece parts from standard blueprints. Students will learn to safely jog robots, create tool center points and programs, develop welding schedules, edit programs to minimize cycle times, and operate the cell in automatic mode. In order to successfully complete the course, students must possess MIG welding skills developed by completing the Gas Metal Arc Welding 442-150 course or through work/life experience. For more information on the proficiency assessment, contact the Welding Advisor at 262-691-5400.
457-122 Automated Cutting Processes 2
Students will expand upon the competencies developed in Automated Cutting Processes 1 and Computer Assisted Programming/Laser to create advanced nests, perform cost estimating, maximize sheet utilization, importing part files, and repairing geometry.
457-150 Mfg Planning and Fixturing
The purpose of this course is to give the student an understanding of Process Planning, in process inspection, GD&T and fixturing for accurate fabrication. Topics to be covered in this course will expose the student to all aspects of Metal Fabrication from purchasing to shipment of finished goods. There will be an emphasis on quality control, inspection, fixture design and job routings.
457-154 Advanced Forming Processes
Learn the advanced process of forming product using automated equipment. Demonstrate proficiency of forming by choice of tooling, calculations and sequence of forming.
457-170 Computer Assist Prog Laser
This course is designed to prepare students for Computer Assisted programming of Laser machines. The course will focus on advanced concepts used to program complex parts in a manufacturing environment. Students will use Sigmanest software to generate the shapes and nest those shapes to optimize material usage to satisfy customer orders. The student will complete several exercises as part of the instruction and will be required to submit projects via email/electronic media. The instruction will require the student to generate and print detailed reports as well as monitor material usage and inventory. Students will be required to operate multiple pieces of equipment throughout the course of the semester. To be successful it is highly recommended that the student has completed or is currently enrolled in Blueprint Reading for Metal Fab, and Industrial Math 1.
890-108 Employment Success
Students in this course will focus on skills that enable them to transition to professional life. As a result of participation, students will be able to develop a resume, prepare to interview effectively and present themselves in a professional manner in person and online. Strengths and personality assessments, practice interviews, keeping a job and career management are included in the curriculum.
Approved Substitutes: 606-153 Internship - Applied Tech
801-136 English Composition 1
This course is designed for learners to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of the writing process. Planning, organizing, writing, editing and revising are applied through a variety of activities. Students will analyze audience and purpose, use elements of research, and format documents using standard guidelines. Individuals will develop critical reading skills through analysis of various written documents.
806-139 Survey of Physics
Explore basic physics concepts through laboratory investigation and applications. Topics include kinematics, dynamics, work, energy, power, temperature, heat, waves, electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, optics, and atomic and nuclear physics.
442-191 Robotic Arc Welding 2
This course is designed to continue the student's knowledge and experience beyond Robotic Welding 1 with instruction that progressively challenges the students in robotic welding operation, setup and programming. The student will be required to produce a number of acceptable piece parts from standard blueprints. This course will also continue to emphasize safety.
457-155 Adv Manufacturing Capstone
Advanced Manufacturing Capstone will incorporate the competencies obtained from other courses in the Advanced Manufacturing program to develop and build 5 completed projects utilizing the equipment in the Metal Fabrication Shop. Students, in teams of 4 or 5 members, will set-up, program, operate, weld, assemble, inspect, and finish/coat to complete theses tasks.
606-153 Internship - Applied Tech
Gain meaningful occupational experience in a specific field while building interpersonal relationships, improving technical competencies and completing the pre-developed goals.
809-166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & App
Gain a basic understanding of the theoretical foundations of ethical thought. Diverse ethical, scientific and biopsychosocial perspectives will be used to analyze and compare relevant issues. Critically evaluate individual and professional standards of behavior, and apply a systematic decision-making process to these situations.
Discuss the major institutions and principles that underlie the contemporary American economic system, and consider topics such as the free enterprise system, supply and demand, circular flow, government involvement, the Federal Reserve System, economic growth and development, the effects of international trade, comparative economic systems and global economics.
Credit Transfer Opportunities
WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.
High School Transfer Opportunities
WCTC Credits Awarded
|442-150 Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)||4|
|801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm||3|
|806-139 Survey of Physics||3|
Four Year College Transfer Opportunities
|Colorado State University-Global Campus||Bachelor Degree||up to 64|
|Mount Mary University||Bachelor Degree||Junior Standing|
|Upper Iowa University||Bachelor of Science||up to 78|
|UW-Stout||B. S. Career, Technical Education & Training||up to 60|
|UW-Waukesha||Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS)||60-Junior Standing|
UW-System Credit Transfer
If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.
Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.