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Welding Technician, Industrial
Program Code: 10-621-1


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Associate Degree: 2 Years, 67 Credits
Appleton Campus

Financial Aid Eligible


Career Opportunities

As an industrial welding technician, you assist engineers, supervisors of production and journeyworkers in the smooth and efficient production of quality welded and metal fabricated product and piece parts.

You perform a variety of tasks and provide technical assistance in the planning, development and implementation of a production cycle used in industry today.


Program Description

To earn an associate degree in the Industrial Welding Technician program, you must complete 67 credits. The program is offered both full-time day and part-time evening. The daytime program requires some evening classes over the two-year period. The program operates on a fall/spring basis and allows new students to enter at the start of any of these sessions provided there are openings.

The selection of electives provides you with the opportunity to choose courses which may help you advance in a particular area of your chosen career.

As a student entering the program, you can seek advanced standing in the program based on your industrial experience. This credit is issued after oral, written and/or performance testing. Your previous schooling will also be evaluated for credit.


Program/Plan Admission Requirements


Program Outcomes

The primary goal of the Industrial Welding Technician program is to prepare the student for employment in the field of welding. Graduates will demonstrate proficiency in and will be able to:

  • Understand fundamental concepts of welding and welding safety.
  • Set-up and operate 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.
  • Weld with various non-traditional welding processes.
  • 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.
  • Build products, from shop drawings, acceptable to industry standards.
  • Fabricate and repair parts using thermal cutting equipment.
  • Determine costs of welding.
  • Analyze best practice of weld design.
  • Understand electrical safety and theory as it relates to the welding industry.
  • Write welding procedures.
  • Qualify weld tests.
  • Write weld test reports.
  • Understand the metallurgy of welding.
  • Develop a working knowledge of welding alloys.
  • Program a robotic arc welding cell.
  • Analyze weld defects and discontinuities.
  • Test materials using non-destructive examination methods.

Where Employed

The welding technician will be employed in large and small metal fabrication industries. In addition, he/she will have possible job opportunities in related welding and metal working companies.

Potential employers are manufacturers of papermaking machinery, over-the-road trucks and vehicles, farm machinery, bridge and building construction, lawn and garden equipment, construction equipment, piping systems and mechanical contractors. There also is a large group of small companies that produce many products and perform many services in welding, fabrication and repair.


Program Offered at This Location

  • Appleton—1825 N. Bluemound Drive

Helpful High School Courses

A good high school background in math and sciences is helpful. Classes in industrial education, which cover drafting, electricity and metal fabrication/welding, are recommended but not necessary. In addition, good written and verbal skills are very helpful.


Contact Us

For additional information, call or e-mail Jim Berry at (920) 735-4898.

For additional program/admission information, View Program Plan.


Will my credits transfer to a 4-year college?


Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
If you have questions, contact your advisor.

2014-15 Educational Program