Welding Technology

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Program Information

  • Location: West Allis Campus
  • Pathway: Manufacturing, Construction & Transportation
  • Program Code: 10-621-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Welding Technology Degree


This program combines practical, theoretical and technical training in welding fabrication. Advanced courses deal with application of welding codes to develop the expertise needed to become a Certified Associate Welding Inspector or Certified Welding Inspector.

Demand is high for welders with current skills. Graduates typically find employment as welding technicians, robotic welding technicians, quality assurance inspectors, technical sales reps and weld test conductors.

This program features exploratory courses that count toward a credential. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

Additional program details: Manual, semiautomatic and automatic processes using oxy fuel and arc processes are covered. Automation courses allow hands-on experience in setting up, programming, operating and troubleshooting computer-controlled cutting equipment and sensory-equipped welding robots.

MATC's graduates have a high first-time pass rate for taking the AWS Certified Welding Inspector exam.

The ability to follow instructions, visualize finished products based on prints, and work independently are key. Good eyesight and mechanical skills are important.

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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.

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Welding Fundamentals

Develop entry-level welding skills in shielded metal arc welding and gas tungsten arc welding. You also will gain fundamental blueprint reading skills and strengthen workplace communication skills.

Detailed Program Information

2020-21 Curriculum

Semester Course Course Name Credits
(1) ENG-195 Written Communication
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
(1) MATH-115 College Technical Mathematics 1 ‡
(or) MATH-113 College Technical Mathematics 1A‡
and MATH-114 College Technical Mathematics 1B ‡
(1) WELDTC-101 Welding Theory 1 2
(1) WELDTC-107 Fabrication Graphics 3
(1) WELDTC-111 Welding Practice 1 4
(1) WELDTC-181 Welding Technology Orientation 1
(2) ENG-197 Technical Reporting
(or) Any 200-level ENG or SPEECH course
(2) MATH-116 College Technical Mathematics 2 ‡ 4
(2) WELDTC-102 Welding Theory 2 3
(2) WELDTC-105 Weldability of Materials ‡ 3
(2) WELDTC-112 Welding Practice 2 ‡ 4
(3) MATRLS-102 Material Testing 3
(3) SOCSCI-103 Think Critically and Creatively
(or) Any 200-level HIST or SOCSCI course
(3) WELDTC-113 Welding Techniques 1 ‡ 3
(3) WELDTC-140 Manufacturing Applications for Robots 4
(4) MATRLS-151 Metallurgy and Materials Science 3
(4) PSYCH-199 Psychology of Human Relations
(or) Any 200-level PSYCH course
(4) WELDTC-114 Welding Techniques 2 ‡ 3
(4) WELDTC-135 Automated Welding Processes ‡ 4

( ) Semester order for full-time students.
‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

This Associate in Applied Science program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

Official Wisconsin Technical College System program title: Industrial Welding Technician.

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

To see course descriptions, class times, locations or to register online:
Students already enrolled in an MATC program can visit Self Service Student Planning.
All others can access this information through INFOnline.

2020-2021 Program Card

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Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate industry-recognized safety practices
  • Interpret welding drawings
  • Produce gas metal arc welds (GMAW)
  • Produce flux core arc welds (FCAW)
  • Produce gas tungsten arc welds (GTAW)
  • Produce shielded metal arc welds (SMAW)
  • Produce welds using robotic arc welding equipment
  • Maintain robotic arc welding cells and equipment
  • Form materials to detailed drawings
  • Cut materials to detailed drawings
  • Join materials to detailed drawings
  • Layout components/assemblies
  • Inspect product
  • Design product for fabrication
  • Program a robotic arc welding cell
  • Troubleshoot robotic arc welding cell problems
  • Produce finished product to specification

Career Outlook

Program graduates typically find employment as welding technicians, robotic welding technicians, quality assurance inspectors, technical sales reps and weld test conductors.

They are responsible for one or more of the following: welding metal alloys; fabricating metals to specifications; inspecting weldments to assure conformance to specifications; testing and qualifying welders and procedures; troubleshooting faulty weldments; writing procedures; interpreting conventional and computer-aided prints; setting up, programming, operating and troubleshooting arc welding robots and automated cutting machines; and selling and servicing equipment.

Possible Careers

Quality Assurance Inspector
Robotic Welding Technician
Welding Technician
Weld Test Conductor

Admission Requirements

One year of high school-level algebra.


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Manufacturing, Construction & Transportation Academic & Career Pathway
414-297-8901, mctpathway@matc.edu

Downtown Milwaukee Campus, T Building, Room T200
Mequon Campus, Room A108-110
Oak Creek Campus, Room A121
West Allis Campus, Room 103

Last updated: 08/28/2020