Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)

Technical Diploma

Program Number: 304425

Credits: 7

Area of Study: Construction, Manufacturing and Maintenance

Delivery Method:
100% In Person*

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $987.00
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

Students in the Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) Embedded Technical Diploma develop an understanding of interpreting engineering drawings or blueprints, fundamental skills setting up and operating Gas Metal Arc Welding equipment and math functions used in a welding manufacturing environment. Students develop skills learning and applying industry accepted safe working practices and communication strategies commonly used in a welding manufacturing environment. The knowledge and skills learned provide students a foundation for pursuing careers and/or further education in welding manufacturing or metal fabrication. As a student in the Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) at Madison College, you will:

  • Learn to follow safety work practices.
  • Interpret drawings.
  • Understand and apply basic welding symbols.
  • Perform simple layout operations.
  • Set-up and operate Gas Metal Arc Welding equipment and simple welding fit-up and tack welding functions.
  • Weld in production environment.

Program Details

Students in the Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) program can attend part time.

Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Portage

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To Apply

  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.

After Acceptance

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC. 


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.



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 program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.


There are currently no Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review our Transfer Opportunities page for information on all Madison College transfer options.


Earning your Embedded Technical Diploma in Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) program at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work as:

  • Helpers—Production Workers.
  • Entry level or helper roles in the manufacturing industry. 

Earning your Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) Embedded Technical Diploma 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

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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    Number of Program Graduates414840
    Number of Surveys Sent414840
    Number of Surveys Returned22234
    Percent of Surveys Returned53.7%47.9%10.0%
    Available for Employment884
    Percent Available for Employment88.9%100.0%100.0%
    Not in Labor Market14150
    Percent Not in Labor Market155.6%187.5%0.0%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed843
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.0%50.0%75.0%
    Employed in Related Occupation731
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation87.5%75.0%33.3%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation112
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation12.5%25.0%66.7%
    Employed - No Response000
    Percent Employed - No Response0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Seeking Employment041
    Percent Seeking Employment0.0%50.0%25.0%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
    Number of Satisfaction Responses984
    Very Satisfied (4)751
    Percent Very Satisfied77.8%62.5%25.0%
    Satisfied (3)223
    Percent Satisfied22.2%25.0%75.0%
    Unsatisfied (2)010
    Percent Unsatisfied0.0%12.5%0.0%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)000
    Percent Very Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses22234
    Preparation for Getting a Job642
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job27.3%17.4%50.0%
    Career Change110
    Percent Career Change4.5%4.3%0.0%
    Improvement of Existing Skills210
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills9.1%4.3%0.0%
    Preparation for Further Education13171
    Percent Preparation for Further Education59.1%73.9%25.0%
    Personal Interest001
    Percent Personal Interest0.0%0.0%25.0%
    Percent Other0.0%0.0%0.0%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses843
    Before Enrollment101
    Percent Before Enrollment12.5%0.0%33.3%
    While Attending the College110
    Percent While Attending the College12.5%25.0%0.0%
    After Training at the College632
    Percent After Training at the College75.0%75.0%66.7%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses843
    In College District633
    Percent In College District75.0%75.0%100.0%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District100
    Percent of In Wisconsin12.5%0.0%0.0%
    Outside of Wisconsin110
    Percent Outside Wisconsin12.5%25.0%0.0%
    Employer Location Unknown000
    Percent Location Unknown0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201820192020
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count721
    Average Monthly Wage$3,093$2,840$2,580
    Average Hourly Wage$17.98$16.51$15.00
    Average Work Hours per Week43.146.040.0
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count1
    Average Hourly Wage$16.00
    Average Work Hours per Week15.0
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    ICON Systems Inc. TIG Welder Oviedo FL
    Pro Metal Works Welder DeForest
    UW - Madison Student Machinist Stoughton

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    ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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