Program Description

The Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) Technical Diploma program provides a solid foundation in process-specific production welding technology. The program is designed to develop the necessary entry-level competencies for work in the production welding and metal fabrication industries. Course work includes all position “mig” welds on steel, stainless steel and aluminum, mechanical and thermal cutting, fabricating parts from prints and assessing weld quality. Potential occupations include: Welder, Construction Trades Apprentice, Maintenance and Repair Welder. As an Embedded Technical Diploma, this program ladders fully into the Welding Technical Diploma program.

Approximate Cost

$3,537
Tuition: $2957 , Books: $580

Starting Salary

$30,160
Average, according to Economic Modeling Specialists International

Availability

Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

100%
at Wausau
60-70 %
at Antigo
10-20 %
at Medford
60-70 %
at Phillips
10-20 %
at Spencer
10-20 %
at Wittenberg
10-20 %
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Produce Gas Metal Arc Welds (GMAW)
  • Interpret welding drawings
  • Demonstrate industry recognized safety practices

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Maintenace and Repair Welder
  • Construction Trades Apprentice
  • Welder

Courses

The Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) Technical Diploma is a 15 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

INTRODUCTION TO WELDING 2.00
WELD PRINT READING 2.00
GAS METAL ARC WELDING 3.00
WELD INSPECTION & TESTING 1.00
SAFETY IN MANUFACTURING 1.00
THERMAL CUTTING 1.00
ADVANCED GAS METAL ARC WELDING 3.00
APPLIED MATHEMATICS 1 2.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Pathways

Pathways are a series of connected programs that enable you to advance over time to better jobs and higher levels of education and training. By earning one degree, you could also be completing several courses of a related program in a pathway, bringing you one step closer to an advanced degree.

Completing the Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) Technical Diploma Earns You:

  • 45% of the total credits in Welding (15 of 33 Credits)

Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

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What’s Next?

We’ll review your application and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be mailed to you.