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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.
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
Metal Fabrication Double Diploma!Program NewsTen Madison College students competed and excelled in the recent SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills ConferenceLearn about Hannah Wolf’s path from a career-changing student to leader in her field.
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 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 available on September 15, 2023
- Application completion deadline is August 15, 2024
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.
- 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
2020 2021 2022 Number of Program Graduates 31 23 41 Number of Surveys Sent 31 23 41 Number of Surveys Returned 14 19 30 Percent of Surveys Returned Available for Employment 13 18 26 Percent Available for Employment 92.90% 100.00% 96.30% Not in Labor Market Percent Not in Labor Market 7.10% 5.60% 14.80% Available for Employment
2020 2021 2022 Graduates Employed 12 17 26 Percent of Graduates Employed 92.30% 94.40% 100.00% Employed in Related Occupation 10 16 24 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 83.30% 94.10% 92.30% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 1 1 2 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 8.30% 5.90% 7.70% Employed - No Response 1 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 8.30% 0.00% 0.00% Seeking Employment 1 1 0 Percent Seeking Employment 7.70% 5.60% 0.00% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2020 2021 2022 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.3 3.8 3.9 Number of Satisfaction Responses 14 18 27 Very Satisfied (4) 4 15 24 Percent Very Satisfied 28.60% 83.30% 88.90% Satisfied (3) 10 3 3 Percent Satisfied 71.40% 16.70% 11.10% 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
2020 2021 2022 Number of Primary Reason Responses 14 19 30 Preparation for Getting a Job 6 7 10 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 42.90% 36.80% 33.30% Career Change 6 3 9 Percent Career Change 42.90% 15.80% 30.00% Improvement of Existing Skills 1 5 4 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 7.10% 26.30% 13.30% Preparation for Further Education 1 2 3 Percent Preparation for Further Education 7.10% 10.50% 10.00% Personal Interest 0 2 4 Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 10.50% 13.30% Other 0 0 0 Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% When Employment was Obtained
2020 2021 2022 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 11 17 26 Before Enrollment 1 2 3 Percent Before Enrollment 9.10% 11.80% 11.50% While Attending the College 4 3 5 Percent While Attending the College 36.40% 17.60% 19.20% After Training at the College 6 12 18 Percent After Training at the College 54.50% 70.60% 69.20% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2020 2021 2022 Number of Employment Location Responses 11 17 23 In College District 11 16 22 Percent In College District 100.00% 94.10% 95.70% In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 0 0 Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Outside of Wisconsin 0 1 0 Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 5.90% 0.00% Employer Location Unknown 0 0 1 Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00% 4.30% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2020 2021 2022 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 9 14 21 Average Monthly Wage $3,264 $3,689 $3,841 Average Hourly Wage $18.97 $21.45 $22.33 Average Work Hours per Week 42.8 44.1 47.5 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 Average Hourly Wage $35.00 Average Work Hours per Week 30
Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022 Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions Alkar Rapid Pack Inc TIG welder Lodi Allied Dies LLC Machine Operator Chippewa Falls Apache Stainless Equipment Corp TIG Welder/Fabricator Beaver Dam Burke Truck & Equipment Welder Burke Custom Metal, Inc Welder/Fabricator DRM Diversafab Welder Baraboo DRM Industries Welder/Fabricator Lake Delton E80 Plus Bridge Certified Welder/Fabricator DeForest EK Machine, Inc Welder Fall River 2 Endres Manufacturing Co Fabricator/Welder Waunakee Findorff Construction Ironworker Apprentice Food Process Systems Welder/Fabricator Lodi Graber Manufacturing Welder/Fabricator Waunakee Lyco Manufacturing TIG welder Columbus Modular Trail Structures Welder/Fabricator Cottage Grove Nutrition First Processing Mill Operator/Mechanic Lake Mills Self-Employed Welder Sun Prairie Skyline Steel Welder Arlington ST Welding LLC Owner DeForest Summerset Marine Construction Welder Whitewater Work Truck Stuff Inc Technician
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