Recent Graduates

There are 28 recent graduates of this Madison College program.



73% of our recent graduates got a job in the industry.


Student Satisfaction

100% 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 - $4,028.10
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 Graduates263828
    Number of Surveys Sent263627
    Number of Surveys Returned222421
    Percent of Surveys Returned84.60%66.70%77.80%
    Available for Employment151720
    Percent Available for Employment68.20%70.80%95.20%
    Not in Labor Market771
    Percent Not in Labor Market31.80%29.20%4.80%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed151715
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%100.00%75.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation101711
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation66.70%100.00%73.30%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation404
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation26.70%0.00%26.70%
    Employed - No Response100
    Percent Employed - No Response6.70%0.00%0.00%
    Seeking Employment005
    Percent Seeking Employment0.00%0.00%25.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
    Number of Satisfaction Responses161920
    Very Satisfied (4)131512
    Percent Very Satisfied81.30%78.90%60.00%
    Satisfied (3)348
    Percent Satisfied18.80%21.10%40.00%
    Unsatisfied (2)000
    Percent Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)000
    Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses222421
    Preparation for Getting a Job10139
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job45.50%54.20%42.90%
    Career Change234
    Percent Career Change9.10%12.50%19.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills331
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills13.60%12.50%4.80%
    Preparation for Further Education752
    Percent Preparation for Further Education31.80%20.80%9.50%
    Personal Interest005
    Percent Personal Interest0.00%0.00%23.80%
    Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses141415
    Before Enrollment212
    Percent Before Enrollment14.30%7.10%13.30%
    While Attending the College142
    Percent While Attending the College7.10%28.60%13.30%
    After Training at the College11911
    Percent After Training at the College78.60%64.30%73.30%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses151715
    In College District111513
    Percent In College District73.30%88.20%86.70%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District211
    Percent of In Wisconsin13.30%5.90%6.70%
    Outside of Wisconsin011
    Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%5.90%6.70%
    Employer Location Unknown200
    Percent Location Unknown13.30%0.00%0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201720182019
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count10168
    Average Monthly Wage$2,807 $3,057 $2,834
    Average Hourly Wage$16.32 $17.77 $16.48
    Average Work Hours per Week49.343.643.4
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count1
    Average Hourly Wage$60.00
    Average Work Hours per Week25
  • 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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