Program Description

The Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) 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.

Coursework includes all position “tig” welds on steel and stainless steel plate and pipe, mechanical and thermal cutting, fabricating parts from prints and assessing weld quality.

As an Embedded Technical Diploma, this program ladders fully into the Welding Technical Diploma program.

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Approximate Program Cost

$3,213
Tuition: $2809 , Books: $404

Starting Salary

$28,080–$40,248
Average, based on the NTC Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

May Be Available
Total financial aid offered may not exceed the estimated Cost of Attendance (COA).
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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
100%
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 Tungsten Arc Welds (GTAW)
  • Interpret welding drawings
  • Demonstrate industry recognized safety practices

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Maintenance and Repair Welder
  • Construction Trades Apprentice
  • Welder

Courses

The Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) Technical Diploma is a 12 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

INTRODUCTION TO WELDING 1.00
WELD INSPECTION & TESTING 1.00
WELDING SAFETY 1.00
THERMAL CUTTING 1.00
WELD PRINT READING 1: BASIC VIEWS AND DIMENSIONS 1.00
WELD PRINT READING 2: OTHER VIEWS AND SYMBOLS 1.00
GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING 1: CARBON STEEL, FLAT AND HORIZONTAL POSITIONS 1.00
GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING 2: CARBON STEEL, VERTICAL AND OVERHEAD POSITIONS 1.00
GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING 3: STAINLESS STEEL 1.00
GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING 4: ALUMINUM 1.00
GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING 5: PIPE AND TUBING 1.00
COLLEGE 101 1.00

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 Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) Technical Diploma Earns You:

Cost of Attendance

2023-2024 Estimated Academic Year Budgeted Cost of Attendance

The estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) is a budget that includes categories of expenses that a student can expect to incur while attending college. The COA does not reflect actual charges. It is an average based on the estimated living costs typical of our region. In determining the cost of attendance, Northcentral Technical College uses the budget established by the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Financial Aid Budget Work Group. This budget is used to determine financial need for all students who apply for financial aid. A student's cost of attendance is composed of all educational expenses that can be included for financial aid purposes that a student may accrue while pursuing their education for the year (or semester, if enrolled less than a year). A student's financial aid cannot exceed their cost of attendance. Schools are required to provide a fuller picture of what it may cost students to pursue their degree, not just what they will owe in tuition/fees and books/supplies.

Please Note: this COA budget estimate assumes full-time attendance for two semester Fall 2023 and Spring 2024.
ExpensesStudent Living With Parents (Home)Student Living on Own (Other)
Full-time Tuition (based on a total of 30 credits, 15 credits fall and 15 credits spring)

In-State Tuition & Fees

$4,713*

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees

$6,900*

In-State Tuition & Fees

$4,713*

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees

$6,900*

Living Expenses (Housing & Food)$4,052$9,614
Books / Supplies$2,061$2,061
Transportation$2,007$2,007
Personal Expenses$2,245$2,245
Loan Fees$83$83
Total Estimated Cost Of Attendance

In-State

$15,161

Out-of-State

$17,348

In-State

$20,723

Out-of-State

$22,910

* Tuition listed is based on approved rates for the 2023-2024 academic year with a projected base increase of 1.65%. Rates are approved each March by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board and estimated budgets are updated at that time.

Students with dependent care, computer or study abroad expenses should contact the Financial Aid Office to document allowable expenses which may serve to increase their COA.

Students awarded Federal Direct Loan(s) also have an average of the mandatory loan fees automatically added to their COA.

Students with disability-related expenses may contact the Financial Aid Office to have their additional expenses considered. Disability-related expenses include but are not limited to: personal assistance, equipment, and supplies. The Financial Aid Office may potentially include disability expenses in the COA that are not provided by other assisting agencies.

NTC also offers a Net Price Calculator to help estimate costs.

For more information regarding billed tuition and fees visit https://www.ntc.edu/admissions/tuition-fees

We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about how the financial aid process works. Please feel free to reach out for more information.

NTC Financial Aid Office

715.803.1647

financialaid@ntc.edu

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