One Year Technical Diploma
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
Explore financial aid eligibility for Welding.
All courses for this program are offered only in person.
- View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements.
- Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
- Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience, including campus tours and program open houses.
Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC.
Contact Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2019-2020 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
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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.
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
Estimated Program Cost
# of Credits for Completion29Tuition$3958.50Materials/Supplemental Costs$1571.46Other Costs$0.00Total Estimated Program Costs:
(book costs not included)$5529.96
Graduate Report Summary Overview
2016 2017 2018 Number of Program Graduates 47 26 37 Number of Surveys Sent 47 26 36 Number of Surveys Returned 41 22 24 Percent of Surveys Returned 87.20% 84.60% 66.70% Available for Employment 38 15 17 Percent Available for Employment 92.70% 93.80% 89.50% Not in Labor Market 3 7 7 Percent Not in Labor Market 7.30% 43.80% 36.80% Available for Employment
2016 2017 2018 Graduates Employed 33 15 17 Percent of Graduates Employed 86.80% 100.00% 100.00% Employed in Related Occupation 23 10 17 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 69.70% 66.70% 100.00% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 10 4 0 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 30.30% 26.70% 0.00% Employed - No Response 0 1 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 6.70% 0.00% Seeking Employment 5 0 0 Percent Seeking Employment 13.20% 0.00% 0.00% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2016 2017 2018 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.4 3.8 3.8 Number of Satisfaction Responses 41 16 19 Very Satisfied 19 13 15 Percent Very Satisfied 46.30% 81.30% 78.90% Satisfied 21 3 4 Percent Satisfied 51.20% 18.80% 21.10% Unsatisfied 0 0 0 Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Very Unsatisfied 1 0 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied 2.40% 0.00% 0.00% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2016 2017 2018 Number of Primary Reason Responses 41 22 24 Preparation for Getting a Job 28 10 13 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 68.30% 45.50% 54.20% Career Change 6 2 3 Percent Career Change 14.60% 9.10% 12.50% Improvement of Existing Skills 1 3 3 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 2.40% 13.60% 12.50% Preparation for Further Education 3 7 5 Percent Preparation for Further Education 7.30% 31.80% 20.80% Personal Interest 3 0 0 Percent Personal Interest 7.30% 0.00% 0.00% Other 0 0 0 Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% When Employment was Obtained
2016 2017 2018 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 32 14 14 Before Enrollment 5 2 1 Percent Before Enrollment 15.60% 14.30% 7.10% While Attending the College 5 1 4 Percent While Attending the College 15.60% 7.10% 28.60% After Training at the College 22 11 9 Percent After Training at the College 68.80% 78.60% 64.30% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2016 2017 2018 Number of Employment Location Responses 33 15 17 In College District 25 11 15 Percent In College District 75.80% 73.30% 88.20% In Wisconsin, Not in District 4 2 1 Percent of In Wisconsin 12.10% 13.30% 5.90% Outside of Wisconsin 1 0 1 Percent Outside Wisconsin 3.00% 0.00% 5.90% Employer Location Unknown 3 2 0 Percent Location Unknown 9.10% 13.30% 0.00% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2016 2017 2018 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 21 10 16 Average Monthly Wage $2,966 $2,807 $3,057 Average Hourly Wage $17.24 $16.32 $17.77 Average Work Hours per Week 46 49.3 43.6 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count Average Hourly Wage Average Work Hours per Week
Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018 Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison Number of Full Time Positions Open 213 1,083 Number of Part Time Positions Open 17 26 Total Jobs 230 1,109 Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018 Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions ACS Welder/Fabricator Middleton Endres Manufacturing Co Welder/Fabricator Waunakee Graber Manufacturing Manufacturing Associate Waunakee Graber Manufacturing Welder Waunakee 2 International Machinery Exchange Grinder/Polisher Deerfield OSI Maintanance Technician Fort Atkinson Robbins Manufacturing Welder Fall River Rodger Stephenson Fabricator Jefferson Saris Cycling Group Welder/Metal Fabricator Fitchburg Spacesaver Fabricator Fort Atkinson Spartan Laser Welder/Fabricator McFarland Talor Wing Welder Rancho Cordova CA United Alloy Inc Welder/Fabricator Janesville Wickcraft Pier & Track Fabricator Wickcraft Pier & Track MIG Welder
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