School of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology

Truax A2105
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6800
or (800) 322-6282 ext. 6800

2125 Commercial Avenue
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 243-4169
or (800) 322-6282 ext. 4169


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One Year Technical Diploma

Program number: 314421


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.



To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements.

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.
  • 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.

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 2018-2019 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.

First Semester

Second Semester


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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