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Program Number: 31-442-1
School Year: 2015-2016
Technical Diploma (1 year)
Campus*: Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac, and Jackson Regional Center. This program is offered in full-time or part-time formats.

Program Description

Individuals who have a knack for technology and enjoy working with their hands can make their mark -- and some sparks -- with a career in welding.

Moraine Park’s Welding technical diploma program teaches individuals the welding and fabrication skills needed in today’s industries. Through hands-on experience in a welding laboratory, students gain skills in all welding positions leading to welder certification.

Courses cover gas metal arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, and oxy-fuel cutting. The coursework also provides instruction in print reading, math and communications skills, lean processes and sustainability practices.

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 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.

Tools And Equipment

Welding gloves, helmet, jacket, welder pliers, safety glasses and steel-toed leather workboots are required for this program.

Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

  • $36,642

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

  • Interpret welding drawings.
  • Operate metal fabricating equipment.
  • Perform thermal cutting.
  • Produce gas metal arc welds (GMAW).
  • Produce gas tungsten arc welds (GTAW).
  • Produce shielded metal arc welds (SMAW).
  • Produce flux core welds.
  • Demonstrate industry-recognized safety practices.

Career Opportunities

  • Production Welder
  • Pre-Apprentice/Apprentice
  • Welder/Fitter
  • Finish Welder
  • Welder/Fabricator

Opportunities for Advancement

If you are graduating soon or a graduate of the Welding program and are interested in continuing your education in the fabrication field, many credits from your Welding technical diploma will transfer into the Metal Fabrication technical diploma.

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.

Gainful Employment

The information below is provided as a federal requirement in an effort to help students make informed educational decisions. Specifically, Gainful Employment aims to provide information related to future potential debt burden in comparison to the expected earnings in a chosen program or field.

Gainful Employment Data

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Number Title Crs
Term 1
103-159 **Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
442-309 Introduction to Welding Processes 4
442-315 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 4
442-331 Welding Print Reading 2
804-360 Occupational Mathematics 1 2
890-101 **College 101 2
Total 15
Term 2
442-310 Shielded and Gas Metal Arc Welding (SMAW/GMAW) 4
442-316 Advanced Welding Techniques 4
442-345 Metal Fabrication 4
801-310 Occupational Communication 2
 - OR - 
801-196 Oral and Interpersonal Communication 3
Total 14
Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 29

Exit Assessment

Completion of the TSA Rubrics is 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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