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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

Career Opportunities

Fabricator

Pipefitter

Salvagnini Operator

Stainless Steel Fabricator

Steamfitter Apprentice

Welder

Graduate Employers

B&B Steel

Curt Manufacturing

Global Finishing Solutions

Northern Metal Fab

Pro Fab Outdoors

Veritas Steel

Just the Facts

Welding
33 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program //
One Year

Delivery Method //

Program Location //
Eau Claire

Program Location //
August and January

Start Dates //
August and January

Start Dates //
August and January

   Financial Aid Eligible

   Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

Term 1

$

3,373

Term 2

$

3,422

Books

$

184

Estimated Total:  $6,979

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Welding Fabrication Overview

Graduates of our one-year program have an opportunity to enroll in our advanced placement, two-year Welding Fabrication program. This program offers more diverse careers in fabricating, programming, inspection, quality control, and designing. Much more than just welding. As a multi-skilled individual in welding fabrication, you will become proficient in areas that greatly enhance your employment opportunities including:

  • CAD Basics
  • Advanced Processes
  • Advanced Fabrication
  • Core Manufacturing Skills
  • Pipe Welding
  • Advanced Robotic Welding
  • Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) & Welding Codes
  • Welding Applications
  • Advanced Programming

This program includes plenty of hands-on experience by teaching you the art of welding, blueprint reading, layout and fabrication techniques, and metallurgy concepts, all under the close supervision of experienced instructors.

Learn more about the Welding Fabrication advanced placement option for this program.

// Program Outcomes

Career Opportunities

Stainless Steel Fabricator

Welder/Fabricator

Welder Supervisor

Just the Facts

Welding Fabrication
64 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program //
Two Years

Delivery Method //

Program Location //
Eau Claire

Start Dates //
August

   Financial Aid Eligible

   Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

Term 1

$

3,373

Term 2

$

3,422

Term 3

$

2,957

Term 4

$

3,254

Books

$

303

Estimated Total:  $13,309

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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.

Layout and Fabrication I/CNC (Two-Year Program)
Emphasis will be placed on safety, start-up, loading, and efficient operation of the CNC plasma table, CNC shear, CNC break press, and other related equipment to fabricate and assemble projects.

Advanced Fabrication I (Two-Year Program)
Advanced metal fabrication developing assembly and sub-assemblies from working prints using various fabrication processes, such as; rigging and lifting, distortion control, fabrication tables, and CNC equipment programming will be incorporated.

Advanced Robotic Welding (Two-Year Program)
Variables and problems will be studied and solutions applied to provide a practical, efficient application of the GMAW (gas metal arc welding) process and fixturing to an automated system.

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
 

100%
Employed

100% of our recent Welding graduates got a job in the industry.

 

$45K
Yearly Salary

Our recent Welding graduates reported an average starting salary of $45,045.

 

118
Regional Jobs

There are 118 job openings in the CVTC district for the Welding industry.

 

Transfer
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

Apprenticeships

Welder-Fabricator

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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