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), Bilingual
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Welding Technology Degree


Bilingual (Spanish) mode also is offered.

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, 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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Detailed Program Information

2024-25 Curriculum

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

‡ 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 and locations, visit the full course catalog (link).

Already a student? You can visit Self-Service (link) and choose Student Planning to register for classes.

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 welds to current AWS specifications
  • Manufacture products to specifications
  • Inspect products
  • Operate robotic welding equipment
  • Troubleshoot robotic arc welding cell problems
  • Produce finished product to specification

Career Outlook

Program graduates typically find employment as welding technicians, robotic welding technicians, 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

Certified Welding Inspector
Robotic Welding Technician
Welding Technician
Weld Test Conductor
Welding Manager
Sales, Service and Technical Support of Welding Equipment

Admission Requirements

One year of high school-level algebra.



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Last updated: 03/25/2024