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Welding, Production
Program Code: 30-442-1


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Technical Diploma: 1 Year, 24 Credits
Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, Oshkosh
Financial Aid Eligible


Career Opportunities

As a production welder, you fabricate and construct not only various types of assemblies and sub-assemblies, but also from the smallest single part and weldment to multiple parts and multiple weldments for various steel products. These products are found in heavy equipment, the automotive and marine industries, military products and piping and steel building erection. Using basic math skills, you determine material lengths, widths and thicknesses and set up various types of equipment including basic hand tools, press brakes, shears, rollers, punches, drill presses, sanding and grinding equipment, and automatic and semi-automatic welding/metalworking equipment. You are able to read sketches, blueprints, job shop orders, bills of materials and welding symbols, and have a basic understanding of welding metals, such as carbon steel, aluminum, and stainless steel.

Production welders find employment all over the United States in iron work and the construction and manufacturing trades. As a graduate, you may find a job welding in production and metal fabrication in areas such as structural steel welding, shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, plasma cutting, oxy-fuel welding and cutting processes. Your work may be on large products such as large amphibious vehicles and fire trucks, or small metal products such as lawn mowers and snow-throwing equipment. The food industry is always looking for production welders to fabricate various stainless steel piping-system and food-handling equipment.


Program Description

As a Production Welding technical diploma student, you will be able to enroll in August - the beginning of the fall semester or January - the beginning of the spring semester. Summer enrollment will also be available as industrial needs dictate the necessity. This is a full-time program and students will be enrolled for 24 hours per week for both theory and lab. You are required to provide your own gloves and safety glasses with side shields, dress according to safety standards and wear appropriate foot protection.


Program/Plan Admission Requirements


Program Outcomes

The primary goal of the Production Welding program is to prepare the student for employment as an entry-level production welder. Graduates will demonstrate proficiency in:

  • Setup and welding using welding processes including shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding and metal cored arc welding.
  • Setup and operation of fabrication equipment including press brakes (manual and CNC), saws (manual and CNC), iron work, punching operation, tubing bending, power rollers and other metal forming equipment.
  • Fabrication and repair of parts using thermal cutting processes, including oxy-fuel cutting equipment, air carbon arc and plasma cutting equipment (manual and CNC).
  • Blueprint reading.
  • Interpretation of welding symbols.
  • Fabrication and manufacturing skills.
  • Selection of various metals, ferrous and non-ferrous, as required by the job.
  • Use of levels, reading tapes and other related instruments for measurement.


Program Offered at This Location

  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center
    4200 Poberenzy Road, Oshkosh, WI 54902

Contact Us

For more information regarding the Production Welding program, visit our department website at www.fvtc.edu/advancedmfg.

For additional program/admission information, View Program Plan.





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