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There are 23 recent graduates of this Madison College program.
94% of our recent graduates got a job in the industry.
Student Satisfaction
99% of our recent graduates report they are satisfied with their Madison College education.

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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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$4,160.05 Tuition
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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

      Metal Fabrication Image

      After completing your Welding diploma, you can earn a Metal Fabrication diploma with eleven more credits. Contact for more information.

      Hannah Wolf, Madison College Welding and Metal Fabrication Instructor photo
      “The best opportunities are made and seized when we are ready for them. There are always people ready to cheer you on throughout your journey. Just be bold and have the confidence that you will learn what you need along the way.”
      Hannah Wolf
      Madison College Welding and Metal Fabrication Instructor
    • 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.

      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 2023

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

      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  transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
      • GED/HSED transcript
      • College transcript(s) showing:
        • At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0, or
        • Completion of an associate degree or higher

      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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      Apply to Madison College and take the first step towards your Welding career.

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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 Graduates283123
        Number of Surveys Sent273123
        Number of Surveys Returned211419
        Percent of Surveys Returned77.80%45.20%82.60%
        Available for Employment201318
        Percent Available for Employment100.00%92.90%100.00%
        Not in Labor Market111
        Percent Not in Labor Market5.00%7.10%5.60%
        Available for Employment

        Graduates Employed151217
        Percent of Graduates Employed75.00%92.30%94.40%
        Employed in Related Occupation111016
        Percent Employed in Related Occupation73.30%83.30%94.10%
        Employed in Unrelated Occupation411
        Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation26.70%8.30%5.90%
        Employed - No Response010
        Percent Employed - No Response0.00%8.30%0.00%
        Seeking Employment511
        Percent Seeking Employment25.00%7.70%5.60%
        Reaction To Training at Madison College

        Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
        Number of Satisfaction Responses201418
        Very Satisfied (4)12415
        Percent Very Satisfied60.00%28.60%83.30%
        Satisfied (3)8103
        Percent Satisfied40.00%71.40%16.70%
        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 Responses211419
        Preparation for Getting a Job967
        Percent Preparation for Getting a Job42.90%42.90%36.80%
        Career Change463
        Percent Career Change19.00%42.90%15.80%
        Improvement of Existing Skills115
        Percent Improvement of Existing Skills4.80%7.10%26.30%
        Preparation for Further Education212
        Percent Preparation for Further Education9.50%7.10%10.50%
        Personal Interest502
        Percent Personal Interest23.80%0.00%10.50%
        Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
        When Employment was Obtained

        Number of When Employment Obtained Responses151117
        Before Enrollment212
        Percent Before Enrollment13.30%9.10%11.80%
        While Attending the College243
        Percent While Attending the College13.30%36.40%17.60%
        After Training at the College11612
        Percent After Training at the College73.30%54.50%70.60%
        Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

        Number of Employment Location Responses151217
        In College District131116
        Percent In College District86.70%91.70%94.10%
        In Wisconsin, Not in District110
        Percent of In Wisconsin6.70%8.30%0.00%
        Outside of Wisconsin101
        Percent Outside Wisconsin6.70%0.00%5.90%
        Employer Location Unknown000
        Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%0.00%
        Salary Trend
        Salary Trend201920202021
        Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count8914
        Average Monthly Wage$2,834$3,264$3,689
        Average Hourly Wage$16.48$18.97$21.45
        Average Work Hours per Week43.442.844.1
        Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count1
        Average Hourly Wage$60.00
        Average Work Hours per Week25
      • Graduate Employers

        Graduate Employers for academic year: 2021
        Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
        Alkar Rapid Pack IncWelderLodi
        Dane County Highway DeptSkilled Laborer
        Graber ManufacturingWelderWaunakee2
        Illingworth-Kilgust MechanicalWelder
        Lyco ManufacturingWelderColumbus2
        North Central UtilityService TechnicianDeForest
        SarisHand WelderFitchburg
        SubZero WolfWelder/FabricatorFitchburg
        Watlow ElectricSenior WelderHannibalMO
        Wick CraftLevel 2 Fabricator
        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

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    1701 Wright Street
    Madison, Wisconsin 53704

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