Welding Student

Metal Fabrication/Welding

30-credit Technical Diploma

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Metal fabrication involves cutting, altering and shaping steel or other materials through the use of different tools, techniques and processes. Welding is then used to fuse or join the metals parts together. Fabrication and welding projects can involve simple, basic techniques, or they can be highly specialized and complex. In this technical diploma program, develop skills in interpreting blueprints; creating the exact shape of a part for cutting, fabrication and welding; and producing quality parts through the use of different techniques and materials. Learn the basic skills necessary to program and operate 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 Diploma program will prepare students for jobs such as fabricator, laser operator, welder/press operator or welder.
  • 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: $42,354

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Program Code 31-457-1

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 442-150 Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)4  
 457-110 Blueprint Reading - Fab2  
 457-160 Metal Fabrication 15  
 457-125 Manual Thermal Cutting Process1 *
 809-345 Basic Workplace Psychology1 *
 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 *
 801-311 Communication in the Workplace2 *
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.

There are no credit transfer agreements for this program at this time. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

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.

Meet your Instructor

Program instructor, Michael Brown

Michael Brown

Phone: 262.691.5430


  • AAS – Welding Technology, Milwaukee Area Technical College


  • Journeyman – Welding Set-up
  • Quality Certification Preparation Program from MSOE

Teaching Philosophy

"To reach each student and have them meet their full potential."