Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)

Technical Diploma

Program number: 304425

Credits: 7

Area of Study: Construction, Manufacturing and Maintenance

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $955.50
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

Explore financial aid eligibility for Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW).

All courses for this program are offered only in person.


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 2020-2021 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 Graduates 41
    Number of Surveys Sent 41
    Number of Surveys Returned 22
    Percent of Surveys Returned 53.70%
    Available for Employment 8
    Percent Available for Employment 88.90%
    Not in Labor Market 14
    Percent Not in Labor Market 155.60%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed 8
    Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation 7
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 87.50%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 1
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 12.50%
    Employed - No Response 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 0
    Percent Seeking Employment 0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.8 0 0
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 9
    Very Satisfied 7
    Percent Very Satisfied 77.80%
    Satisfied 2
    Percent Satisfied 22.20%
    Unsatisfied 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses 22
    Preparation for Getting a Job 6
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 27.30%
    Career Change 1
    Percent Career Change 4.50%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 2
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 9.10%
    Preparation for Further Education 13
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 59.10%
    Personal Interest 0
    Percent Personal Interest 0.00%
    Other 0
    Percent Other 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 8
    Before Enrollment 1
    Percent Before Enrollment 12.50%
    While Attending the College 1
    Percent While Attending the College 12.50%
    After Training at the College 6
    Percent After Training at the College 75.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses 8
    In College District 6
    Percent In College District 75.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 1
    Percent of In Wisconsin 12.50%
    Outside of Wisconsin 1
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 12.50%
    Employer Location Unknown 0
    Percent Location Unknown 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2018
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 7
    Average Monthly Wage $3,093
    Average Hourly Wage $17.98
    Average Work Hours per Week 43.1
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count
    Average Hourly Wage
    Average Work Hours per Week
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open
    Number of Part Time Positions Open
    Total Jobs
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    ACS Welder/Fabricator Middleton
    Baker Rullman Welder Watertown
    Bruno Independent Living Aids Inc Entry Level Welder Oconomowoc
    International Machinery Exchange Grinder/Polisher Deerfield
    Spacesaver Fabricator Fort Atkinson
    Talor Wing Welder Rancho Cordova CA
    Wolf Appliance Assembler Fitchburg

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