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Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
Program Number: 304425
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Construction, Manufacturing and Maintenance
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
7 Credits | Finish diploma in 1 semester
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  • Program Overview

    Students in the Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) Embedded Technical Diploma develop an understanding of interpreting engineering drawings or blueprints, fundamental skills setting up and operating Gas Metal Arc Welding equipment and math functions used in a welding manufacturing environment. Students develop skills learning and applying industry accepted safe working practices and communication strategies commonly used in a welding manufacturing environment. The knowledge and skills learned provide students a foundation for pursuing careers and/or further education in welding manufacturing or metal fabrication. As a student in the Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) at Madison College, you will:

    • Learn to follow safety work practices.
    • Interpret drawings.
    • Understand and apply basic welding symbols.
    • Perform simple layout operations.
    • Set-up and operate Gas Metal Arc Welding equipment and simple welding fit-up and tack welding functions.
    • Weld in production environment.

    Program Details

    Students in the Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) program can attend part time.

    Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Portage


    Earning your Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) Embedded Technical Diploma at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work as a:  

    • Maintenance Welder
    • Qualified Welder
    • Structural Welder
    • Welder/Fabricator
    • Production Welder
    • Ironworker Apprentice
    • Steamfitter Apprentice

  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2023-2024 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    1 credit
    2 credits
    1 credit
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Note: It is recommended to only apply for a semester that has already started if you are currently enrolled in classes or you have verified that classes are still available for that semester.

    Application Dates

    Spring 2023

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2023

    Fall 2023

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is November 15, 2023

    Spring 2024

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2024

    Admission Requirements

    All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.

    1. Admission Application

    The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

    2. Education Completion

    Students must submit official transcripts for one of the following:

    • High school (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
    • GED/HSED transcript
    • College transcript(s) showing completion of an associate degree or higher
      • Note: Effective with the 2023-2024 year, this may be fulfilled with at least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0

    All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.

    Additional Notes

    • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.

    After Acceptance

    Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 


    Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or 608.246.6210.


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  • Career Outcomes

    Earning your Embedded Technical Diploma in Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) program at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work as:

    • Helpers—Production Workers.
    • Entry level or helper roles in the manufacturing industry. 
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates484022
      Number of Surveys Sent484022
      Number of Surveys Returned23421
      Percent of Surveys Returned47.90%10.00%95.50%
      Available for Employment8417
      Percent Available for Employment100.00%100.00%89.50%
      Not in Labor Market1503
      Percent Not in Labor Market187.50%0.00%15.80%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed4316
      Percent of Graduates Employed50.00%75.00%94.10%
      Employed in Related Occupation3115
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation75.00%33.30%93.80%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation121
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation25.00%66.70%6.30%
      Employed - No Response000
      Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Seeking Employment411
      Percent Seeking Employment50.00%25.00%5.90%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
      Number of Satisfaction Responses8419
      Very Satisfied (4)5116
      Percent Very Satisfied62.50%25.00%84.20%
      Satisfied (3)233
      Percent Satisfied25.00%75.00%15.80%
      Unsatisfied (2)100
      Percent Unsatisfied12.50%0.00%0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)000
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses23421
      Preparation for Getting a Job4210
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job17.40%50.00%47.60%
      Career Change105
      Percent Career Change4.30%0.00%23.80%
      Improvement of Existing Skills103
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills4.30%0.00%14.30%
      Preparation for Further Education1712
      Percent Preparation for Further Education73.90%25.00%9.50%
      Personal Interest011
      Percent Personal Interest0.00%25.00%4.80%
      Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses4316
      Before Enrollment011
      Percent Before Enrollment0.00%33.30%6.30%
      While Attending the College107
      Percent While Attending the College25.00%0.00%43.80%
      After Training at the College328
      Percent After Training at the College75.00%66.70%50.00%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses4317
      In College District3316
      Percent In College District75.00%100.00%94.10%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District000
      Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin100
      Percent Outside Wisconsin25.00%0.00%0.00%
      Employer Location Unknown001
      Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%5.90%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend201920202021
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count2112
      Average Monthly Wage$2,840$2,580$3,516
      Average Hourly Wage$16.51$15.00$20.44
      Average Work Hours per Week464041.1
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count11
      Average Hourly Wage$16.00$40.00
      Average Work Hours per Week1530
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2021
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      Food Process SystemsWelder & Waterjet OperatorLodi
      Graber ManufacturingWelder/FabricatorWaunakee
      Graber ManufacturingWelderWaunakee
      Illingworth-Kilgust MechanicalWelder
      Jack's Handyman ServiceHandymanMerrimac
      Lyco ManufacturingWelderColumbus2
      North Central UtilityService TechnicianDeForest
      SarisHand WelderFitchburg
      SarisRobotic WelderFitchburg
      SubZero WolfWelder/FabricatorFitchburg
      Wisconsin Sign & GraphicsFabricator
      Wolf ApplianceWelderFitchburg

      * - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

      *** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at jobpostings@madisoncollege.edu

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