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Recent Graduates
There are 23 recent graduates of this Madison College program.
94%
Employed
94% of our recent graduates got a job in the industry.
99%
Student Satisfaction
99% of our recent graduates report they are satisfied with their Madison College education.
Welding
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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$5,595.03

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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

    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 

     

      Double Technical Diploma

        Metal Fabrication - Get your Metal Fabrication Technical Diploma with just one more semester of classes. After completing your Welding diploma, you can earn a Metal Fabrication diploma with eleven more credits. Contact tandt@madisoncollege.edu for more information.

      • 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 Semester
        10-606-200
        2 credits
        31-442-314
        2 credits
        31-442-315
        2 credits
        31-457-301
        2 credits
        31-804-379
        1 credit
        Second Semester
        10-449-100
        1 credit
        31-442-320
        1 credit
        31-442-321
        2 credits
        31-442-322
        2 credits
        31-442-390
        2 credits
        31-457-302
        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 opens on September 15, 2022
        • 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. 

        Questions?

        Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu 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

          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

          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

          * - 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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      Contact the School of Technologies and Trades

      Madison Truax Campus
      Main Building, A2105

      1701 Wright Street
      Madison, Wisconsin 53704

      tandt@madisoncollege.edu
      608.246.6800

      Se habla Español.

      Hours

      Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
      Friday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm  phone or email only