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.
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:
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
- Production Welder
- Ironworker Apprentice
- Steamfitter Apprentice
Curriculum and Experience
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2022-2023 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.Courses
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 open
- Application completion deadline is November 15, 2022
- Application open
- Application completion deadline is April 15, 2023
- Application opens on September 15, 2022
- Application completion deadline is November 15, 2023
- Application opens on February 1, 2023
- Application completion deadline is April 15, 2024
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.
- 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.
Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College.
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 Report Summary Overview
2019 2020 2021 Number of Program Graduates 48 40 22 Number of Surveys Sent 48 40 22 Number of Surveys Returned 23 4 21 Percent of Surveys Returned 47.90% 10.00% 95.50% Available for Employment 8 4 17 Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 100.00% 89.50% Not in Labor Market 15 0 3 Percent Not in Labor Market 187.50% 0.00% 15.80% Available for Employment
2019 2020 2021 Graduates Employed 4 3 16 Percent of Graduates Employed 50.00% 75.00% 94.10% Employed in Related Occupation 3 1 15 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 75.00% 33.30% 93.80% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 1 2 1 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 25.00% 66.70% 6.30% Employed - No Response 0 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Seeking Employment 4 1 1 Percent Seeking Employment 50.00% 25.00% 5.90% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2019 2020 2021 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.5 3.3 3.8 Number of Satisfaction Responses 8 4 19 Very Satisfied (4) 5 1 16 Percent Very Satisfied 62.50% 25.00% 84.20% Satisfied (3) 2 3 3 Percent Satisfied 25.00% 75.00% 15.80% Unsatisfied (2) 1 0 0 Percent Unsatisfied 12.50% 0.00% 0.00% Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2019 2020 2021 Number of Primary Reason Responses 23 4 21 Preparation for Getting a Job 4 2 10 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 17.40% 50.00% 47.60% Career Change 1 0 5 Percent Career Change 4.30% 0.00% 23.80% Improvement of Existing Skills 1 0 3 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 4.30% 0.00% 14.30% Preparation for Further Education 17 1 2 Percent Preparation for Further Education 73.90% 25.00% 9.50% Personal Interest 0 1 1 Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 25.00% 4.80% Other 0 0 0 Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% When Employment was Obtained
2019 2020 2021 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 4 3 16 Before Enrollment 0 1 1 Percent Before Enrollment 0.00% 33.30% 6.30% While Attending the College 1 0 7 Percent While Attending the College 25.00% 0.00% 43.80% After Training at the College 3 2 8 Percent After Training at the College 75.00% 66.70% 50.00% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2019 2020 2021 Number of Employment Location Responses 4 3 17 In College District 3 3 16 Percent In College District 75.00% 100.00% 94.10% In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 0 0 Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Outside of Wisconsin 1 0 0 Percent Outside Wisconsin 25.00% 0.00% 0.00% Employer Location Unknown 0 0 1 Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00% 5.90% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2019 2020 2021 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 2 1 12 Average Monthly Wage $2,840 $2,580 $3,516 Average Hourly Wage $16.51 $15.00 $20.44 Average Work Hours per Week 46 40 41.1 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 1 Average Hourly Wage $16.00 $40.00 Average Work Hours per Week 15 30
Graduate Employers for academic year: 2021 Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions Food Process Systems Welder & Waterjet Operator Lodi Graber Manufacturing Welder/Fabricator Waunakee Graber Manufacturing Welder Waunakee Illingworth-Kilgust Mechanical Welder Jack's Handyman Service Handyman Merrimac Lyco Manufacturing Welder Columbus 2 North Central Utility Service Technician DeForest Saris Hand Welder Fitchburg Saris Robotic Welder Fitchburg SubZero Wolf Welder/Fabricator Fitchburg Wisconsin Sign & Graphics Fabricator Wolf Appliance Welder Fitchburg
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