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.
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
- 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
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.First Semester10-606-2002 credits31-442-3122 credits31-442-3142 credits31-442-3152 credits31-442-3182 credits31-442-3232 credits31-457-3012 credits31-804-3791 creditSecond Semester10-449-1001 credit31-442-3201 credit31-442-3212 credits31-442-3222 credits31-442-3262 credits31-442-3282 credits31-442-3902 credits31-457-3022 credits
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 opens on September 15, 2022
- Application completion deadline is August 15, 2023
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.
- 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.
MATC Welding program graduates are prepared to enter the workforce with effective job skills.
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 Report Summary Overview
2019 2020 2021 Number of Program Graduates 28 31 23 Number of Surveys Sent 27 31 23 Number of Surveys Returned 21 14 19 Percent of Surveys Returned 77.80% 45.20% 82.60% Available for Employment 20 13 18 Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 92.90% 100.00% Not in Labor Market 1 1 1 Percent Not in Labor Market 5.00% 7.10% 5.60% Available for Employment
2019 2020 2021 Graduates Employed 15 12 17 Percent of Graduates Employed 75.00% 92.30% 94.40% Employed in Related Occupation 11 10 16 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 73.30% 83.30% 94.10% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 4 1 1 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 26.70% 8.30% 5.90% Employed - No Response 0 1 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 8.30% 0.00% Seeking Employment 5 1 1 Percent Seeking Employment 25.00% 7.70% 5.60% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2019 2020 2021 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.6 3.3 3.8 Number of Satisfaction Responses 20 14 18 Very Satisfied (4) 12 4 15 Percent Very Satisfied 60.00% 28.60% 83.30% Satisfied (3) 8 10 3 Percent Satisfied 40.00% 71.40% 16.70% Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0 Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 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 21 14 19 Preparation for Getting a Job 9 6 7 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 42.90% 42.90% 36.80% Career Change 4 6 3 Percent Career Change 19.00% 42.90% 15.80% Improvement of Existing Skills 1 1 5 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 4.80% 7.10% 26.30% Preparation for Further Education 2 1 2 Percent Preparation for Further Education 9.50% 7.10% 10.50% Personal Interest 5 0 2 Percent Personal Interest 23.80% 0.00% 10.50% 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 15 11 17 Before Enrollment 2 1 2 Percent Before Enrollment 13.30% 9.10% 11.80% While Attending the College 2 4 3 Percent While Attending the College 13.30% 36.40% 17.60% After Training at the College 11 6 12 Percent After Training at the College 73.30% 54.50% 70.60% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2019 2020 2021 Number of Employment Location Responses 15 12 17 In College District 13 11 16 Percent In College District 86.70% 91.70% 94.10% In Wisconsin, Not in District 1 1 0 Percent of In Wisconsin 6.70% 8.30% 0.00% Outside of Wisconsin 1 0 1 Percent Outside Wisconsin 6.70% 0.00% 5.90% Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0 Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2019 2020 2021 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 8 9 14 Average Monthly Wage $2,834 $3,264 $3,689 Average Hourly Wage $16.48 $18.97 $21.45 Average Work Hours per Week 43.4 42.8 44.1 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 Average Hourly Wage $60.00 Average Work Hours per Week 25
Graduate Employers for academic year: 2021 Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions Alkar Rapid Pack Inc Welder Lodi Dane County Highway Dept Skilled Laborer Graber Manufacturing Welder Waunakee 2 Illingworth-Kilgust Mechanical Welder Lyco Manufacturing Welder Columbus 2 North Central Utility Service Technician DeForest Saris Hand Welder Fitchburg SubZero Wolf Welder/Fabricator Fitchburg Watlow Electric Senior Welder Hannibal MO Wick Craft Level 2 Fabricator Wisconsin Sign & Graphics Fabricator Wolf Appliance Welder Fitchburg
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