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Metal Machining, Fabrication & Welding

Employment opportunities are available in iron work, construction or manufacturing with a degree or diploma in metal machining, fabrication or welding. You can train for a career as a welding technician, custom fabricator, millwright or machinist.


Industrial Metallurgy (C)

3 Credits Locations: Appleton, Oshkosh

This certificate program will introduce you to basic metallurgy including the location of ore deposits, derivation of metals from their ores, refinement and purification, and admixture and alloying. The classification of ferrous and nonferrous metals and the study of basic metallurgical diagrams is also discussed. You will focus on the behavior of metal during processes such as heat-treating, forging, casting and forming.

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Machine Tool Technician (TD)

61 Credits Location: Appleton

Machinists make up the majority of workers in the metalworking trades, and create parts for machinery, transportation, printing and paper companies. Your work will involve setting up the machines, operating the controls and checking the accuracy of the work. You’ll learn how to shape metal parts to precise dimensions, and will gain skills using a variety of hand and electric tools including lathes, milling machines, grinders, drill presses and saws.

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Machinist Apprentice (A)

12 Credits Location: Appleton

There are many employment opportunities for skilled machinists in the Fox Valley region. Machinists operate various machine tools like lathes, milling machines, drill presses, planers and grinders. Many of today's machine tools are operated using computer numeric control (CNC) technology. As a fully trained machinist you will program, edit and operate CNC machine tools. You will also learn how to read and interpret blueprints, troubleshoot problems and understand manufacturing processes. This apprentice program includes four years of on-the-job training and classroom instruction.

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Tool & Die Apprentice (A)

16 Credits Location: Appleton

Tool and die makers produce the tools, dies and special guiding and holding devices used for mass production in metalworking industries. You will learn to use computer numerical control (CNC) and computer aided design (CAD) technology to design and manufacture these products. Other skills you’ll gain include blueprint reading, machine techniques and welding. The program includes five years of on-the-job training and paid related classroom instruction.

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Welding Fundamentals (C)

7 Credits Locations: Appleton, Oshkosh

Get the skills you need for a high-demand, entry-level career in welding. Your training will cover environmental work and personnel hazards common with the industry and proper personal protection methods. You’ll learn how to read shop drawings, interpret detailed weld symbols and will receive hands-on training in welding on a variety of materials and positions.

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Welding Technology, Industrial (AAS)

69 Credits Locations: Appleton, Oshkosh

As an industrial welding technician, you assist engineers, supervisors and journeyworkers in the production of quality welded and metal fabricated parts. You will learn how to provide technical assistance in the planning, development and implementation of a production cycle. Your training includes lots of hands-on training in fabrication and welding techniques, along with a thorough understanding of manufacturing processes. You’ll also cover robotic arc welding, electrical safety, material properties and welding codes. This degree program equips you with skills you need for a successful career in industrial welding.

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Welding, Production (TD)

13 Credits Locations: Appleton, Oshkosh

Production welders are in high demand. You’ll find employment opportunities in iron work, construction and manufacturing, and could find yourself working on large amphibious vehicles and fire trucks, or small metal products like lawn mowers and snow throwers. Your training will cover welding various metals and will give you plenty of time to practice your skills. You’ll learn how to use your math skills to determine material measurements and settings for hand and power tools. You will also set up and learn to read sketches, blueprints, job shop orders, bills for materials and welding symbols.

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Welding/Metal Fab Technician (TD)

54 Credits Locations: Appleton, Oshkosh

As a welding and metal fabrication technician, you will be well-prepared to be the next generation of in-demand, highly skilled technicians. In this program, you’ll work with a variety of metals and will learn to produce and assemble structural metal products for industrial manufacturing. You will learn how to plan, develop and implement a production cycle from concept and CAD design through all the fabrication stages such as press brake, tube bending, laser and water jet, and final welding stages. Your training will encompass a thorough understanding of typical manufacturing processes. You’ll also cover robotic arc welding, electrical safety, material properties and welding codes.

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Welding/Metal Fabrication (TD)

29 Credits Locations: Appleton, Oshkosh

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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Manufacturing Job Fair

Manufacturing Job Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Appleton Campus

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With the help of the FVTC Venture Center, a wide range of services are under one roof in Wisconsin’s first manufacturing mall.

Manufacturing Career Expo

Manufacturing Career Expo

Manufacturing Career Expo, in partnership with Miller Electric Mfg. Co. | Friday, September 30


Types of Offerings

AAS - Associate Degree
TD - Technical Diploma
C - Certificate
A - Apprenticeship

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