Printed on 12/19/2018
Technical Diploma (TD)
Financial Aid Eligible
*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.
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.
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Estimated Program Cost
This program will cost about
based on current tuition and fees.
Additional materials and supplies will cost
Textbooks will cost about $107.10*.
Tuition and fees are subject to change.
Costs may not include all books or all materials and supplies.
Some textbook costs may be included in the estimated program cost.
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An academic skills assessment is required for admission into this program or the following: High School GPA of 2.75 or higher (last 10 years) OR provide completion of associate’s or higher degree OR; 165 or higher on your 2014 series GED tests OR; ACT OR SAT OR Accuplacer OR Companion OR Compass (last 3 years) to waive to the general education level; The cost of the Accuplacer assessment is $15; Catalog #: 94100100; Learn more at www.fvtc.edu/Assessment.
Credit Transfer Options
They're your credits. Take them with you!
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.
- Demonstrate industry recognized safety practices
- Interpret welding drawings
- Produce gas metal arc welds (GMAW)
- Produce flux core welds (FCAW)
- Produce gas tungsten arc welds (GTAW)
- Produce shielded metal arc welds (SMAW)
- Produce welds using robotic arc welding equipment
- Maintain robotic arc welding cells and equipment
- Form materials to detailed drawings
- Cut materials to detailed drawings
- Join materials to detailed drawings
- Layout components/assemblies
- Inspect product
- Design product for fabrication
- Weld pipe
There are [required supplies](https://www.fvtc.edu/Portals/0/PDFs/Programs/Welding%20Supplies%20List.pdf) for the Welding Program. Students must come to class the first day with all welding supplies; they'll not be provided for you.
Career Pathways are guides that can help you reach your educational goals and explore career options. Check out the [Career Pathways](https://www.fvtc.edu/programs/Career-Pathways) available with this program.
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.
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.