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Welding/Metal Fabrication

Share 31-457-1 Technical Diploma (TD) 29 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Locations*: Appleton, Oshkosh

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

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Learn the skills you need for a great career in metal fabrication and welding. With this program, you’ll work with a variety of metals and will learn to produce and assemble structural metal products for machinery, ovens, tanks, pipes, stacks and parts for buildings. You’ll also learn the physical properties of metals and how to read job orders and blueprints. Your training covers how to set up and use equipment to cut, shear and saw, form, roll and bend metals. You will learn about the physical properties of metal and be able to figure the stock allowances for thickness. You’ll be ready for a career in a construction firm, equipment manufacturing company or small fabrication shop.

Career Opportunities

  • Fabricator
  • Laser Operator
  • Machinist
  • Millwright
  • Press Brake Operator
  • Welder

Estimated Program Cost

Welding/Metal Fabrication

This program will cost about $5,177.20*
based on current tuition and fees.

Additional materials and supplies will cost
about $1,355.00*.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
  Costs may not include books or all materials and supplies.


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Welding/Metal Fabrication

Term Availability
Spring 2015
Summer 2015
Fall 2015
Spring 2016

* Program availability may vary by location. Depending on program enrollment and prerequisite requirements, there may be a wait for some program courses.

Accepting applications for this term
Accepting paper applications only
Not accepting applications for this term
Admissions Requirements

Skills Assessment

An academic skills assessment is required for admission into this program; learn more at

Credit Transfer Options

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Whether you’re an incoming student, transferring to another two-year college or pursuing your bachelor’s degree, we make it easy for you to seamlessly transfer your credits. With full accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, we offer credit transfer agreements with more than 65 two-and four-year colleges.

Transfer In

Many students come to Fox Valley Tech with credits they’ve already earned, either while in high school or at other colleges and universities. It’s also possible to be granted credit for career-related knowledge and skills you’ve already mastered.

Transfer Out

Is a four-year degree in your future? Save time and money by starting here. You can earn your associate degree at Fox Valley Tech, then apply your credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Or easily transfer your credits to other two-year colleges.

Program Outcomes
  • Understand fundamental concepts of welding and welding safety.
  • Set-up and welding using a welding power source.
  • Weld on various types and thickness of materials.
  • Weld in all positions.
  • Weld a test coupon in accordance to a written welding procedure which will pass the requirements of the specified welding code.
  • Interpret welding symbols.
  • Interpret shop drawings.
  • Set-up and operate manual and CNC metal cutting equipment.
  • Set-up and operate manual and CNC fabrication forming equipment.
  • Set-up and operate CNC contour cutting equipment.
  • Draw a shop drawing of a product which anyone skilled in the trade could fabricate.
  • Build products, from shop drawings, acceptable to industry standards.
  • Draw layout patterns using pattern drafting techniques.
  • Run a fabrication job shop.
  • Fabricate and repair parts using thermal cutting equipment.
  • Understand the metallurgy of welding.
Additional Information
There is an estimated wait time of up to one semester AFTER your admit term to enter occupational specific courses. While waiting to start occupational specific courses, you may choose to take general education and elective courses required for your degree or diploma program.

You will be required to furnish your own safety glasses, small hand tools, welding helmet, cutting glasses, gloves and welding leathers.

Still undecided about your major or exploring your career options? Check out these resources to identify your personality traits, values, abilities and interests – important considerations when choosing a career. You’ll also find details about scheduling a college visit and contact information for our career counselors if you’d like more personal assistance. We’re here to help you explore your options.

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