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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 blueprints 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.

Career Opportunities

Exhaust Welder

Fabrication Technician


Robotic Welder

Skilled Craftsman/Welder


Graduate Employers

Catalytic Combustion Corporation

Curt Manufacturing

Northern Metal Fab


Quality Tank Solutions

Wisconsin Metal Fab

Just the Facts

33 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program //
One Year

Delivery Method //

Program Location //
Eau Claire

Program Location //
August and January

Start Months //
August and January

Start Dates //
August and January


Financial Aid Eligible


Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

Term 1



Term 2









 Estimated Total: $8,090

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Program Courses

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

Blueprint 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.

Welding Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

// Program Outcomes


81% of our recent Welding graduates got a job in the industry.


Yearly Salary

Our recent Welding graduates reported an average starting salary of $48,024.


Regional Jobs

There are 128 job openings in the CVTC district for the Welding industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.


Focus On Student Success

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.

Larry, 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

Machine Tool Operator, Technical Diploma

Machine Tooling Technics, Technical Diploma

Mechatronics Specialist, 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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