Program Description

Graduates will have the basic knowledge and skills needed to meet the needs of the welding industry. Learners demonstrate safe operation of work site equipment and tools. Skill development in the shielded metal arc, gas metal arc/pulse arc, gas tungsten arc and flux cored arc welding processes is emphasized, along with manual and mechanized thermal cutting and gouging. Learners apply welding and print reading skills to fabrication projects and assess weld quality conformance to common codes. Learners are introduced to CNC cutting and forming and robotic welding.

Approximate Cost

$7,391
Tuition: $6741 , Books: $650

Starting Salary

$28,080–$54,080
Average, based on the NTC Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Available

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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
90+%
at Antigo
90+%
at Phillips

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

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Perform cutting operations
  • Produce Gas Tungsten Arc Welds (GTAW)
  • Produce Flux Core Arc Welds (FCAW)
  • Produce Shielded Metal Arc Welds (SMAW)
  • Produce Gas Metal Arc Welds (GMAW)
  • Interpret welding drawings
  • Demonstrate industry-recognized safety practices

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Combination Welder
  • Welding Sales and Service
  • Layout/Welder
  • Job Shop
  • Maintenance Welder
  • Production Welder

Courses

The Welding Technical Diploma is a 33-34 Credit* program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

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 METAL ARC WELDING 1: SHORT CIRCUIT TRANSFER (HORIZONTAL) 1.00
GAS METAL ARC WELDING 2: SHORT CIRCUIT TRANSFER (VERTICAL AND OVERHEAD) 1.00
GAS METAL ARC WELDING 3: SPRAY TRANSFER 1.00
GAS METAL ARC WELDING 4: PULSED SPRAY TRANSFER 1.00
FLUX CORED ARC WELDING 1: THEORY, MAINTENANCE AND SET-UP 1.00
WELDING CAREER EXPLORATION 1.00
GAS METAL ARC WELDING 5: STAINLESS STEEL AND ALUMINUM 1.00
GAS METAL ARC WELDING 6: SHEET METAL 1.00
COLLEGE 101 1.00
APPLIED MATHEMATICS 1 2.00
COLLEGE MATHEMATICS 3.00

Second Term

INTRO TO WELDING CNC APPLICATIONS 1.00
WELDING METALLURGY 1.00
WELDING FABRICATION TECHNIQUES 1: INTERNATIONAL WELD SYMBOLS 1.00
WELDING FABRICATION TECHNIQUES 2: GD&T AND PIPE PRINTS 1.00
WELDING FABRICATION TECHNIQUES 3: PRODUCTION WELDING 1.00
SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING 1: E7018 1.00
SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING 2: E6010, E7018 1.00
FLUX CORED ARC WELDING 2: .045 DIAMETER WIRE 1.00
FLUX CORED ARC WELDING 3: SUBMERGED ARC WELDING & 1/16" DIAMETER WIRE 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
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00

* College 101 (10-890-165) is not part of the program credit requirements but is a College Requirement for graduation that must be passed with a “C” or better. This requirement is effective for students beginning the program in Spring 2021 and beyond.

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.

If you begin with one of the following programs, you will earn significant credit towards this Welding Technical Diploma:

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