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Welding

One Year Technical Diploma

Program number: 314421

Overview

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.

All courses for this program are offered only in person.

Welding


Admission

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. 

Questions?

Contact Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210. 

Curriculum

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

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

Outcomes

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.

Careers

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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  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    29
    Tuition
    $3891.80
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    $1442.00
    Other Costs
    $0.00
    Total Program Costs:
    $5333.80
  • Graduate Summary
    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
  • Graduate Employers
    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

    * - Wisconsin TechConnectTM jobs are posted through a statewide consortium operated and funded by all 16 of the technical colleges in Wisconsin.

    ** - 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 techconnect@madisoncollege.edu

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