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Program Information

  • Location: Mequon Campus, Oak Creek Campus, West Allis Campus
  • Pathway: Manufacturing, Construction & Transportation
  • Program Code: 31-442-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: Technical Diploma
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Welding Diploma


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.

Demand is high for welders with up-to-date skills; new processes have created many job opportunities for welders with these abilities.

You can earn the Welding Fundamentals certificate on the way to completing this technical diploma. After completing this program, your credits can be applied to earning the Advanced Metal Fabrication technical diploma.

Additional program details: Ability to follow instructions, to visualize finished products based on blueprints, and to work independently are keys to success. Normal eyesight and good mechanical skills also are important.

Graduates of this program can receive advanced standing in MATC’s Welding Technology associate degree program.



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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.

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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.

Detailed Program Information

2024-25 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

Workplace Communication ^
(or) ENG-195 Written Communication ‡
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

‡ Prerequisite required.
^ Counts toward earning the Welding Fundamentals certificate.

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).

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


Upon completion of specified coursework, students may be eligible for the following digital badge(s):

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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 shielded metal arc welds (SMAW)
  • Produce flux cored arc welds (FCAW)
  • Produce gas tungsten arc welds (GTAW)
  • Perform cutting operations

Career Outlook

There is an increasing demand for welders having current industry skills. Advances in welding and related processes create opportunities in manufacturing and construction. Continued education can lead to careers in business ownership, quality assurance, engineering, sales and marketing, or education and training.

Possible Careers

  - Boilermaker
  - Ironworker
  - Sheet Metal Worker
  - Steamfitter
Quality Assurance Inspector
Robotic Welding Technician
Welder in manufacturing



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Last updated: 06/07/2024