Fabrication Technologies

Fabrication Technologies video

Program Number: 10-457-1
School Year: 2015-2016
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Campus*: Fond du Lac

Program Description

The Fabrication Technologies program enables students to acquire high-performance knowledge and skills needed to help boost the productivity, innovation, and competitiveness of local manufacturers. Students gain fabricating skills in automated cutting, forming and welding processes that prepare them for obtaining the Precision Sheet Metal Certification from the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association.  The coursework also includes topics in computer aided design (CAD); computer numerical control, advanced manufacturing planning and production; lean manufacturing practices; and quality applications used in today’s advanced manufacturing companies. Students will apply sustainable recycling methods throughout the program. The general studies courses in communications, economics and math prepare students for career advancement and provide transfer opportunities to four-year colleges and universities.

Representatives from business and industry have identified skills that are essential to success in manufacturing. Students will be expected to demonstrate the Critical Core Manufacturing Skills (CCMS) throughout all the manufacturing classes. These skills include: work cooperatively, work productively, listen effectively, demonstrate a positive attitude, maintain a safe work environment, demonstrate integrity, communicate clearly, follow directions, apply problem solving strategies, apply mathematical reasoning, think critically and adapt to change.

Approximate Costs

  • $128.40 per credit (resident)
  • $192.60 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

Program Outcomes

  • Set-up and operate metal fabrication equipment.
  • Set-up and operate industrial welding and cutting equipment.
  • Interpret industrial prints.
  • Apply mathematical reasoning.
  • Use various fabrication processes.
  • Program automated machines.
  • Recommend lean manufacturing techniques within an organization.
  • Use computer-aided drafting and manufacturing software.
  • Apply quality assurance procedures.
  • Complete a project within a cross-functional team.

Career Opportunities

  • Fabricator
  • Press Brake Operator/Programmer
  • Laser Operator/Programmer
  • Faster advancement opportunities on the salary scale and positions within the company, i.e., lead person, foreman, supervisor.

Admission Process

  • Submit the college admission application.   
  • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
  • Submit high school and other official college transcripts.   
  • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
  • Attend a program orientation with your advisor.   
  • Check with Admissions if any additional steps are required.   

Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

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Number Title Crs
Term 1
103-159 **Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
442-109 Welding for Fabricators 4
457-145 Fabrication Techniques 4
623-110 Technical Print Reading 2
804-113 College Technical Mathematics 1A 3
890-101 **College 101 2
Total 16
Term 2
457-146 Advanced Fabrication Techniques 4
457-147 Metallurgy 2
457-148 Metal Cutting and Forming Processes 3
623-162 Manufacturing Processes 3
801-136 English Composition 1 3
804-114 College Technical Mathematics 1B 2
Total 17
Term 3
457-110 Integrated Manufacturing Planning - Fabrication Technologies 2
617-114 CAD 3-D, SolidWorks 3
623-151 Lean Manufacturing 3
623-196 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing 3
801-196 Oral and Interpersonal Communication 3
806-137 Comprehensive Technical Physics 4
Total 18
Term 4
457-111 Integrated Manufacturing Production - Fabrication Technologies 2
628-122 Basic CNC Programming and Operation 3
809-166 Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application 3
809-195 Economics 3
809-199 Psychology of Human Relations 3
Total 14
Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 65

Exit Assessment

Capstone projects are the exit assessment graduation requirement for the program.

Institutional Requirements

** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation. Consequently, they are not part of the program credit requirements.

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Transfer Opportunities

Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

Additional Information

*Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

Student project may incur additional fees.

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