Advanced Metal Fabrication

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Program Information

  • Location: Mequon Campus
  • Pathway: Manufacturing, Construction & Transportation
  • Program Code: 32-457-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: Technical Diploma
  • Start Dates: August

About the Advanced Metal Fabrication Diploma


Develop higher-level skills involving the intricate preparation of a part for cutting, fabrication and welding, and producing parts using new techniques and a variety of materials. You will gain advanced skills in operating computer-controlled press brakes and shears, punch, and plasma/laser arc cutting machines.

Metal fabricators generally work in manufacturing industries. They may be classified in different roles, including sheet metal workers and ironworkers, and may be trained as apprentices.

You can earn the Welding technical diploma on your way to completing this technical diploma.

Related Programs

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Tool and Die Making

This is a four-semester, full-time, day program; the first two semesters are common with the one-year Machine Tool Operations program. All courses within the first year are based on the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Machining Level One Skill Standards in nine separate skill areas. During the third and fourth semesters, students learn how to build and sample basic stamping dies and plastic injection molds.

person welding


Gain the skills to perform production, maintenance and repair welding for manufacturing and construction. Learn about blueprints, equipment maintenance and the various welding processes and settings.

Detailed Program Information

2021-22 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
WELD-313 Shielded Metal Arc Welding ^ 5
WELD-314 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding ^ 5
WELD-350 GTAW Processes ^ 1
WELD-351 Shielded Metal Arc Welding Processes ^ 1
WELD-360 Blueprint Reading for Welders ^ 2
WELD-380 Welding Trades Mathematics ^ 1
ENG-340 Workplace Communication ^ 2
WELD-315 Gas Metal Arc Welding Practices ^ 5
WELD-316 Layout and Setup Practices ^ 5
WELD-352 Gas-Shielded Arc Welding Processes ^ 1
WELD-354 Layout and Print Reading Practices ‡ ^ 2
CONSTR-302 OSHA Safety/CPR for the Trades ‡ 1
MATH-308 Math for Industrial Applications 1 2
MTLFAB-300 Metal Fabrication 1 ‡ 5
MTLFAB-304 Fixturing ‡ 4
WELDTC-107 Fabrication Graphics 3
MTLFAB-301 Metal Forming and Press Brake ‡ 3
MTLFAB-302 Advanced Cutting Process and Techniques ‡ 4
MTLFAB-303 Metal Fabrication 2 ‡ 5
WELDTC-105 Weldability of Materials ‡ 3

‡ Prerequisite required.
^ Counts toward earning the Welding technical diploma.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change. 

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

To see course descriptions, class times and locations, visit the full course catalog (link).

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Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
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Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate industry recognized safety practices
  • Form materials to detailed drawings
  • Cut materials to detailed drawings
  • Join materials to detailed drawings
  • Layout components/assemblies
  • Inspect product

Career Outlook

Metal fabricators generally work in manufacturing industries. They may be classified in different roles, including sheet metal workers and ironworkers, and may be trained as apprentices.

Possible Careers


Laser Operator


Welder/Press Operator


Admission Requirements

  • A high school diploma or GED

Interest in working with metal is recommended


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Last updated: 08/30/2021