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Technical Diploma


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Welding Overview

Our Welding program allows you to solve problems and work with your hands. It combines theory, demonstrations, and hands-on experiences to prepare you to take a welding project from welding prints through final inspection. The Welding program offers training in basic welding techniques you'll rely on in your career.

Areas you’ll explore include:

  • Oxyacetylene welding
  • Oxyacetylene cutting
  • Shielded metal arc welding
  • Gas metal arc welding
  • Flux-cored arc welding
  • Gas tungsten arc welding
  • Robotic welding
  • CNC plasma cutting

If you decide to continue your education, you will have completed the first year of the two-year program, and may be able to enroll in the second year Welding Fabrication program.

Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning.

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Just the Facts

33 Credit Technical Diploma

Program Length
One Year

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire

Start Months
August, January


Financial Aid Eligible


Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

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 What are estimated program costs? Estimated Total: $8,590

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Career Opportunities

Exhaust Welder

Fabrication Technician

Industrial Mechanic/Welder



Graduate Employers

Catalytic Combustion Corporation

CURT Manufacturing

Global Finishing Solutions

Northern Metal Fab

OEM Fabricators Inc


Program Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking several questions related to employment. Here are the program outcomes and job data.

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Yearly Salary

Our recent Welding graduates reported an average starting salary of $48,406.



86% of our recent Welding graduates got a job in the industry.


Regional Jobs

There are 170 job openings in the CVTC district for the Welding industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Should you choose to continue your education after you leave CVTC, we have agreements in place with several institutions to ensure an easy transfer.

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you will take in this program. Courses and the recommended sequence change from year to year; once you are enrolled in a program at CVTC you will be given a recommended course sequence that outlines what courses you should take and the order in which to take them.

You may search for available courses. If you are ever unsure of what courses to take, talk to your academic advisor. If you are looking for course information for previous years, check out our past catalogs.

Here are a few of the courses you can take in the Welding program.

Sample Courses

Welding Print Reading
In this course you’ll learn drawing fundamentals, freehand sketching, and the basics of weld symbols and how to apply them.

Basic Arc Welding
In this hands-on course you'll learn the basics of welding and how to design and select the correct welding process.

Robotic Welding
In this hands-on course you’ll learn welding safety and how to operate a welding robot.

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Larry, Welding Student

The instructors have taught me a lot and if you are having trouble in class, they will tell you what you need to do to get better. They make class fun as well. They do presentations and demonstrations that are engaging and make you want to learn.


Welding Student

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

Manufacturing Quality, Technical Diploma

Mechanical Design, Associate Degree

Welding Fabrication, Technical Diploma



Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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Admission Requirements

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