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Program Number: 314421
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Construction, Manufacturing and Maintenance
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
29 Credits | Finish diploma in 1 year
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  • Program Overview

    As a student in the Welding program at Madison College, you will:

    • Develop welding skills using common manual and semi-automatic arc welding processes.
    • Gain skills and knowledge in industrial safety, blueprint reading, metallurgy, basic metal fabrication and career exploration/employability.
    • Prepare for all welding positions using a variety of plate and sheet metal, including pipe welding.
    • Complete welding projects following American Welding Society (AWS) codes and procedures.
    • Prepare for a variety of entry-level positions in the welding, metal fabrication, construction and manufacturing industries.

    Welding Program Details

    Students in the Welding program can attend full time.

    Welding classes may be offered at the Madison College Truax and Fort Atkinson campuses.

    Welding Careers

    Earning your One-year Technical Diploma in the Welding program 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

    With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

    • Welding Apprentice
    • Welding Foreman
    • Welding Inspector
    • Welding Supervisor

    Metal Fabrication Double Diploma!

    After completing your Welding diploma, you can earn a Metal Fabrication diploma with eleven more credits. Contact 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
    2 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits
    1 credit
    Second Semester
    1 credit
    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 available on September 15, 2023
    • Application completion deadline is August 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\

    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 or 608.246.6210.

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  • Career Outcomes

    MATC Welding program graduates are prepared to enter the workforce with effective job skills.  

    Safety Awareness
    Apply and demonstrate safe working practices and techniques that comply with all Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements, local requirements and established industry safety practices.

    Employability Skills and Practices
    Demonstrate abilities that contribute to employment by displaying flexibility, self-motivation, time efficiency, effective written and oral communication, and  contributing to work team success.

    Career Advancement Skills and Personal Initiative
    Demonstrate career advancement skills by engaging in problem solving, time management and shop management practices.

    Technical Welding Skills
    Demonstrate knowledge, set-up and correct operation of commonly used welding equipment.

    Basic Metallurgy and Properties/Identification of Metals
    Understand and apply metallurgy concepts and principals to common welding and metal fabrication processes.

    Technical Metal Fabrication Skills
    Understand and demonstrate basic metal fabrication functions.

    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates312341
      Number of Surveys Sent312341
      Number of Surveys Returned141930
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment131826
      Percent Available for Employment92.90%100.00%96.30%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market7.10%5.60%14.80%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed121726
      Percent of Graduates Employed92.30%94.40%100.00%
      Employed in Related Occupation101624
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation83.30%94.10%92.30%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation112
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation8.30%5.90%7.70%
      Employed - No Response100
      Percent Employed - No Response8.30%0.00%0.00%
      Seeking Employment110
      Percent Seeking Employment7.70%5.60%0.00%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
      Number of Satisfaction Responses141827
      Very Satisfied (4)41524
      Percent Very Satisfied28.60%83.30%88.90%
      Satisfied (3)1033
      Percent Satisfied71.40%16.70%11.10%
      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 Responses141930
      Preparation for Getting a Job6710
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job42.90%36.80%33.30%
      Career Change639
      Percent Career Change42.90%15.80%30.00%
      Improvement of Existing Skills154
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills7.10%26.30%13.30%
      Preparation for Further Education123
      Percent Preparation for Further Education7.10%10.50%10.00%
      Personal Interest024
      Percent Personal Interest0.00%10.50%13.30%
      Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses111726
      Before Enrollment123
      Percent Before Enrollment9.10%11.80%11.50%
      While Attending the College435
      Percent While Attending the College36.40%17.60%19.20%
      After Training at the College61218
      Percent After Training at the College54.50%70.60%69.20%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses111723
      In College District111622
      Percent In College District100.00%94.10%95.70%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District000
      Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin010
      Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%5.90%0.00%
      Employer Location Unknown001
      Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%4.30%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend202020212022
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count91421
      Average Monthly Wage$3,264$3,689$3,841
      Average Hourly Wage$18.97$21.45$22.33
      Average Work Hours per Week42.844.147.5
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count1
      Average Hourly Wage$35.00
      Average Work Hours per Week30
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      Alkar Rapid Pack IncTIG welderLodi
      Allied Dies LLCMachine OperatorChippewa Falls
      Apache Stainless Equipment CorpTIG Welder/FabricatorBeaver Dam
      Burke Truck & EquipmentWelderBurke
      Custom Metal, IncWelder/Fabricator
      DRM DiversafabWelderBaraboo
      DRM IndustriesWelder/FabricatorLake Delton
      E80 Plus BridgeCertified Welder/FabricatorDeForest
      EK Machine, IncWelderFall River2
      Endres Manufacturing CoFabricator/WelderWaunakee
      Findorff ConstructionIronworker Apprentice
      Food Process SystemsWelder/FabricatorLodi
      Graber ManufacturingWelder/FabricatorWaunakee
      Lyco ManufacturingTIG welderColumbus
      Modular Trail StructuresWelder/FabricatorCottage Grove
      Nutrition First ProcessingMill Operator/MechanicLake Mills
      Self-EmployedWelderSun Prairie
      Skyline SteelWelderArlington
      ST Welding LLCOwnerDeForest
      Summerset Marine ConstructionWelderWhitewater
      Work Truck Stuff IncTechnician

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      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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Madison, Wisconsin 53704


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