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Welding / Welding Fabrication Program Details

One-Year Technical Diploma

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

Two-Year Technical Diploma

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.

Just the Facts

38 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program:
One Year

Delivery Method:
Face to Face

Program Location:
Eau Claire

Start Dates:
August and January

Financial Aid Eligible:

Program Outcomes

Gainful Employment

Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost

Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $8,652

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Welding Fabrication
69 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program:
Two Years

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire

Start Dates

Financial Aid Eligible: Yes

Estimated Program Cost
Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $14,331

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Additional Information

Program Outcomes

Gainful Employment Data

Non-Traditional Occupation

How To Enroll

Enrolling at CVTC is easy! You will need to complete an online application.  If you are ready to apply now, click here.

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Email us at therightchoice@cvtc.edu for more help!

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Get a Job

95% of our Welding graduates get a job in the industry.

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Make More Money

Our recent Welding graduates reported an average starting salary of $49,136.

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Degrees in Demand

The U.S. Department of Labor projects 80% of the jobs created in the next decade will require education beyond high school.


These are a few of the courses you will take in the Welding / Welding Fabrication program.
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  • 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 (Part of 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 (Part of 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 (Part of 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.


  • Pipefitter
  • Salvagnini Operator
  • Stainless Steel Fabricator
  • Steamfitter Apprentice
  • Welder/Fabricator
  • Welder Supervisor

Career Outlook

According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and Bureau of Workforce Information, a 10% growth is projected in welding positions in CVTC’s 11-county area by 2016.

Spark your future in welding!

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