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.
  • Cooperative educational opportunities provide technical, hands-on learning in real-world settings.
  • Participation in the Metal Fabrication/Welding Club helps build members leadership skills and promotes safety skills.
  • Review gainful employment information.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Salary Range: $29,000-$40,000
    • Average Salary: $36,277
    • Median Salary: $38,159
    • Average Entry-Level Salary: $37,049
    • Average Hourly Wage: $15.76
    • Three-year Average Salary: $37,746

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 442-150 Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)4  
 457-110 Blueprint Reading - Fab2  
 457-120 Thermal Cutting - Manual2  
 457-160 Metal Fabrication 15  
 804-304 Industrial Math I2+ 
 809-345 Basic Workplace Psychology1  
 
Total Semester Credits
16
  
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
14
  
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Block Schedules for Spring 2015

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

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

There are currently no college credit agreements for Metal Fabrication/Welding. 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

Education

  • AAS – Welding Technology, Milwaukee Area Technical College

Certifications

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

Teaching Philosophy

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

Program instructor, John Uebele

John Uebele

Phone: 262.691.5335

Education

  • BS, University of Wisconsin-Stout
  • MS, University of Wisconsin-Stout
  • CWI- American Welding Society