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Recent Graduates
There are 31 recent graduates of this Madison College program.
83% 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.
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 training in as little as 1 year (programs vary)
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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.

    Program Details

    Students in the Welding program can attend full time.

    Welding classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax
    • Fort Atkinson


    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 

    Double Major

      • Metal Fabrication - Double major with just one more semester of classes.
        After completing your Welding diploma, you can earn a Metal Fabrication diploma with eleven more credits. Contact the School of Technologies and Trades for more information.  
    • Curriculum and Experience

      Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 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
      Second Semester
    • 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.

      Fall 2021 Application Dates

      • Application available on September 15, 2020
      • Application completion deadline is August 15, 2021

      Fall 2022 Application Dates

      • Application available on September 15, 2021
      • Application completion deadline is August 15, 2022

      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
      Graduation from high school, completion of GED/HSED/GED02 or completion of an associate degree or higher is required. Submit official transcripts for one of the following:

      • high school or charter school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript) or GED02 transcript
      • GED/HSED score report
      • college transcript showing an associate degree or higher

      3. Residency Requirement
      All applicants, regardless of residency status, are eligible for admission application review. 

      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.

    • 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

        2018 2019 2020
        Number of Program Graduates 38 28 31
        Number of Surveys Sent 36 27 31
        Number of Surveys Returned 24 21 14
        Percent of Surveys Returned
        Available for Employment 17 20 13
        Percent Available for Employment 89.5% 100.0% 92.9%
        Not in Labor Market 7 1 1
        Percent Not in Labor Market 36.8% 5.0% 7.1%
        Available for Employment

        2018 2019 2020
        Graduates Employed 17 15 12
        Percent of Graduates Employed 100.0% 75.0% 92.3%
        Employed in Related Occupation 17 11 10
        Percent Employed in Related Occupation 100.0% 73.3% 83.3%
        Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 4 1
        Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0.0% 26.7% 8.3%
        Employed - No Response 0 0 1
        Percent Employed - No Response 0.0% 0.0% 8.3%
        Seeking Employment 0 5 1
        Percent Seeking Employment 0.0% 25.0% 7.7%
        Reaction To Training at Madison College

        2018 2019 2020
        Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.8 3.6 3.3
        Number of Satisfaction Responses 19 20 14
        Very Satisfied (4) 15 12 4
        Percent Very Satisfied 78.9% 60.0% 28.6%
        Satisfied (3) 4 8 10
        Percent Satisfied 21.1% 40.0% 71.4%
        Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0
        Percent Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
        Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0
        Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
        Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

        2018 2019 2020
        Number of Primary Reason Responses 24 21 14
        Preparation for Getting a Job 13 9 6
        Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 54.2% 42.9% 42.9%
        Career Change 3 4 6
        Percent Career Change 12.5% 19.0% 42.9%
        Improvement of Existing Skills 3 1 1
        Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 12.5% 4.8% 7.1%
        Preparation for Further Education 5 2 1
        Percent Preparation for Further Education 20.8% 9.5% 7.1%
        Personal Interest 0 5 0
        Percent Personal Interest 0.0% 23.8% 0.0%
        Other 0 0 0
        Percent Other 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
        When Employment was Obtained

        2018 2019 2020
        Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 14 15 11
        Before Enrollment 1 2 1
        Percent Before Enrollment 7.1% 13.3% 9.1%
        While Attending the College 4 2 4
        Percent While Attending the College 28.6% 13.3% 36.4%
        After Training at the College 9 11 6
        Percent After Training at the College 64.3% 73.3% 54.5%
        Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

        2018 2019 2020
        Number of Employment Location Responses 17 15 12
        In College District 15 13 11
        Percent In College District 88.2% 86.7% 91.7%
        In Wisconsin, Not in District 1 1 1
        Percent of In Wisconsin 5.9% 6.7% 8.3%
        Outside of Wisconsin 1 1 0
        Percent Outside Wisconsin 5.9% 6.7% 0.0%
        Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0
        Percent Location Unknown 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
        Salary Trend
        Salary Trend 2018 2019 2020
        Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 16 8 9
        Average Monthly Wage $3,057 $2,834 $3,264
        Average Hourly Wage $17.77 $16.48 $18.97
        Average Work Hours per Week 43.6 43.4 42.8
        Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1
        Average Hourly Wage $60.00
        Average Work Hours per Week 25.0
      • Graduate Employers

        Graduate Employers for academic year: 2020
        Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
        Accuray Microwave Technician Middleton
        Graber Manufacturing Welder Waunakee
        Husco International Automated Systems Technician Whitewater
        Karavan Trailer MIG Welder Fox Lake
        Kusel Equipment Co Welder Watertown
        Latitude Corporation Machinist Verona
        Seljan Tool Co Inc Welder/Fabricator Lake Mills
        Spartan Lazer General Fabricator McFarland
        Synergy Metalworks LLC Welder Baraboo

        * - 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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    Contact the School of Technologies and Trades

    Madison Truax Campus
    Main Building, A2105

    1701 Wright Street
    Madison, Wisconsin 53704

    Se habla Español.

    • Monday – Friday: 8 am - 4:30 pm