Where others see a sheet of metal, you see what it can be turned into. By you. Cutting and bending and soldering. So do it.
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100% of our recent graduates got a job in the industry.
Student Satisfaction
100% of our recent graduates report they are satisfied with their Madison College education.
Annual Salary
Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $50,736.

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Metal Fabrication
Program Number: 314572
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Construction, Manufacturing and Maintenance
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
31 Credits | Finish diploma in 1 year
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  • Program Overview

    Metal fabrication involves a variety of processes that take raw material, such as sheet metal, and convert it into a usable structure through layout, cutting, bending, assembling and a range of other processes. The Metal Fabrication program at Madison College will give you a strong grounding in these processes, preparing you for career success as a metalworker. As a Metal Fabrication student, you will:

    • Learn the basics of cutting, forming and joining common manufacturing materials.
    • Use a variety of manual and programmable equipment, techniques and processes.
    • Get hands-on training to learn fundamental concepts of safety, measurement, layout, forming, joining, assembly, finishing and production.
    • Develop your technical knowledge of blueprint reading, layout metal fabrication and welding.
    • Produce fabricated assemblies and detailed drawings that conform to industry quality-control methods and standards.

    Metal Fabrication Program Details

    Students in the Metal Fabrication program can attend full-time.

    Metal Fabrication program classes may be offered at the Madison College Truax and Fort Atkinson campuses.

    Welding Double Diploma!

    Welding Image of Students

    After completing your Metal Fabrication diploma, you can earn a Welding diploma with nine more credits. Contact tandt@madisoncollege.edu for more information.

    Program News

    Madison College Wolfie poses with child at 2024 Metal Mania
    Madison College Fort Atkinson Crowns Champs of Metal Mania Competition
    Madison College's Fort Atkinson, with its newly renovated welding and metal fabrication space, hosted the annual Metal Mania. The event highlighted the college's Metal Fabrication with Welding Bolt-on program where students earn two degrees in one year.
    Madison College students at SkillsUSA
    Madison College Students Make their Mark at SkillsUSA National Competition
    Ten Madison College students competed and excelled in the recent SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2024-2025 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.

    First Semester
    1 credit
    2 credits
    1 credit
    1 credit
    2 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits
    1 credit
    Second Semester
    2 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits
  • 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.

    Application Dates

    Fall 2024

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 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

    Official transcripts must be sent from the institutions you attended and indicate one of the following:

    • High school  transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
    • GED/HSED transcript
    • College transcript(s) showing:
      • Completion of an associate degree or higher, or
      • At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4-point scale
        • The credits must be completed at a single college and cannot be combined with other transcripts
        • Any transfer credit listed on a transcript does not count toward the 30-credit minimum

    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

    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates20188
      Number of Surveys Sent20188
      Number of Surveys Returned7116
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment776
      Percent Available for Employment100.00%77.80%100.00%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market0.00%33.30%0.00%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed776
      Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%100.00%100.00%
      Employed in Related Occupation366
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation42.90%85.70%100.00%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation400
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation57.10%0.00%0.00%
      Employed - No Response010
      Percent Employed - No Response0.00%14.30%0.00%
      Seeking Employment000
      Percent Seeking Employment0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
      Number of Satisfaction Responses796
      Very Satisfied (4)263
      Percent Very Satisfied28.60%66.70%50.00%
      Satisfied (3)533
      Percent Satisfied71.40%33.30%50.00%
      Unsatisfied (2)000
      Percent Unsatisfied0.00%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 Responses7116
      Preparation for Getting a Job472
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job57.10%63.60%33.30%
      Career Change111
      Percent Career Change14.30%9.10%16.70%
      Improvement of Existing Skills212
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills28.60%9.10%33.30%
      Preparation for Further Education020
      Percent Preparation for Further Education0.00%18.20%0.00%
      Personal Interest001
      Percent Personal Interest0.00%0.00%16.70%
      Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses766
      Before Enrollment201
      Percent Before Enrollment28.60%0.00%16.70%
      While Attending the College132
      Percent While Attending the College14.30%50.00%33.30%
      After Training at the College433
      Percent After Training at the College57.10%50.00%50.00%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses773
      In College District763
      Percent In College District100.00%85.70%100.00%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District000
      Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin000
      Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Employer Location Unknown010
      Percent Location Unknown0.00%14.30%0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend202020212022
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count356
      Average Monthly Wage$3,325$3,509$4,228
      Average Hourly Wage$19.33$20.40$24.58
      Average Work Hours per Week43.34043.3
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count
      Average Hourly Wage
      Average Work Hours per Week
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      Welding/Metal Fabrication InstructorWaukesha
      Pro Metal WorksMetal FabricatorDeForest
      Schenck AccurateTIG WelderWhitewater
      Schenck AccurateWelder/FabricatorWhitewater
      Sub Zero WolffTIG welderFitchburg

      * - 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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