Welding Student

Metal Fabrication/Welding - Advanced

69-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

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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

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 420-120 Machine Tool/Fabrication2  
 442-150 Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)4  
 457-110 Blueprint Reading - Fab2  
 457-160 Metal Fabrication 15  
 457-125 Manual Thermal Cutting Process1 *
 804-107 College Mathematics3+*
Total Semester Credits
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 422-103 Metals Technology/Fabricators1  
 457-121 Automated Cutting Processes 12  
 457-165 Metal Fabrication 25  
 442-170 Flux Cored Arc Welding4 *
 801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm3+ 
 809-199 Psychology of Human Relations3  
Total Semester Credits
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 442-190 Robotic Arc Welding 13  
 457-122 Automated Cutting Processes 22  
 457-150 Mfg Planning and Fixturing2  
 457-154 Advanced Forming Processes2  
 457-170 Computer Assist Prog Laser2  
 890-108 Employment Success1 *
 801-136 English Composition 13+ 
 806-139 Survey of Physics3  
Total Semester Credits
Fourth Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 442-191 Robotic Arc Welding 23  
 457-155 Adv Manufacturing Capstone4  
 606-153 Internship - Applied Tech1  
 809-166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & App3  
 809-195 Economics3+ 
 Elective 2  
Total Semester Credits
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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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 Course

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


Program Name

Credits Awarded

Colorado State University-Global CampusBachelor Degreeup to 64
Mount Mary UniversityBachelor DegreeJunior Standing
Upper Iowa UniversityBachelor of Scienceup to 78
UW-StoutB. S. Career, Technical Education & Trainingup to 60
UW-WaukeshaBachelor 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.