Welding Student

Welding Technician

19-credit Technical Diploma

Welders work in a wide variety of industries – from automobile manufacturing, aerospace, shipbuilding and many other types of manufacturing. Their duties include joining metal parts by fusing them together and creating a permanent bond. In the Welding Technician program, learn basic welding and metal fabrication skills to perform tasks associated with entry-level jobs in the field. Develop an understanding of blueprint reading; learn the safe handling of cutting equipment, gas cylinders, manual and machine oxygen fuel cutting, plasma cutting and air carbon arc cutting; and get introduced to gas metal arc welding and flux core arc welding techniques.

  • Prepare for jobs such as welders, cutters, solderers and brazers.
  • Credits earned in the 19-credit Welding Technician program can be applied to the 30-credit Metal Fabrication/Welding program.
  • As a complement to the program, several short-term manufacturing certificates are available within the School of Applied Technologies.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Three-year Average Salary: $32,193

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Program Code 30-457-1

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 457-110 Blueprint Reading - Fab2  
 442-150 Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)4 *
 804-107 College Mathematics3+*
Total Semester Credits
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 457-160 Metal Fabrication 15  
 442-170 Flux Cored Arc Welding4 *
 457-125 Manual Thermal Cutting Process1 *
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.