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 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 SemesterSecond Semester
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.
- 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
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 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
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