Recent Graduates

There are 31 recent graduates of this Madison College program.



83% of our recent graduates got a job in the industry.


Student Satisfaction

99% of our recent graduates report they are satisfied with their Madison College education.

Technical Diploma

Program Number: 314421

Credits: 29

Area of Study: Construction, Manufacturing and Maintenance

Delivery Method:
100% In Person*

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $4,089.00
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

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.

Program Details

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.



To Apply

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 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 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.


MATC Welding program graduates are prepared to enter the workforce with effective job skills.  

Safety Awareness
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
  • Welder/Fabricator
  • 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 

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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    Number of Program Graduates382831
    Number of Surveys Sent362731
    Number of Surveys Returned242114
    Percent of Surveys Returned66.7%77.8%45.2%
    Available for Employment172013
    Percent Available for Employment89.5%100.0%92.9%
    Not in Labor Market711
    Percent Not in Labor Market36.8%5.0%7.1%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed171512
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.0%75.0%92.3%
    Employed in Related Occupation171110
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation100.0%73.3%83.3%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation041
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation0.0%26.7%8.3%
    Employed - No Response001
    Percent Employed - No Response0.0%0.0%8.3%
    Seeking Employment051
    Percent Seeking Employment0.0%25.0%7.7%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
    Number of Satisfaction Responses192014
    Very Satisfied (4)15124
    Percent Very Satisfied78.9%60.0%28.6%
    Satisfied (3)4810
    Percent Satisfied21.1%40.0%71.4%
    Unsatisfied (2)000
    Percent Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)000
    Percent Very Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses242114
    Preparation for Getting a Job1396
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job54.2%42.9%42.9%
    Career Change346
    Percent Career Change12.5%19.0%42.9%
    Improvement of Existing Skills311
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills12.5%4.8%7.1%
    Preparation for Further Education521
    Percent Preparation for Further Education20.8%9.5%7.1%
    Personal Interest050
    Percent Personal Interest0.0%23.8%0.0%
    Percent Other0.0%0.0%0.0%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses141511
    Before Enrollment121
    Percent Before Enrollment7.1%13.3%9.1%
    While Attending the College424
    Percent While Attending the College28.6%13.3%36.4%
    After Training at the College9116
    Percent After Training at the College64.3%73.3%54.5%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses171512
    In College District151311
    Percent In College District88.2%86.7%91.7%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District111
    Percent of In Wisconsin5.9%6.7%8.3%
    Outside of Wisconsin110
    Percent Outside Wisconsin5.9%6.7%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 Count1689
    Average Monthly Wage$3,057$2,834$3,264
    Average Hourly Wage$17.77$16.48$18.97
    Average Work Hours per Week43.643.442.8
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count1
    Average Hourly Wage$60.00
    Average Work Hours per Week25.0
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    All America Welding Personal Contractor Fitchburg
    Baker Rullman Welder Watertown
    Bobcat Welder Johnson Creek
    Broadwind Towers Sub Arc Welder Helper Manitow
    Latitude Corporation Welder Verona
    Robbins Manufacturing Welder Fall River
    Stoughton Trailers Welder Stoughton 2
    US Navy Sailor Great Lakes IL

    * - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

    ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

    *** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at jobpostings@madisoncollege.edu


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