Welding - UW River Falls

Dual Credit High School Academy

CVTC and local high schools have partnered to offer incoming juniors and seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in welding the opportunity to earn high school and college credit. Dual credit academies give high school students a chance to navigate their interests and career options to develop the most successful individualized career path. Credits successfully earned through this academy may be applied to CVTC Welding programs. By successfully completing all three courses and the WorkKeys Assessment for Industrial Skills, students will earn an Intro to GMAW technical diploma. All of the academy courses listed below will be taught at the UW-River Falls welding lab by CVTC instructors during the school year.

Students enrolled in this academy will learn about welding safety, basic welding math, welding print reading, and wire feed welding processes.

When: August 29, 2022 – December 23, 2022

Location: UW-River Falls Welding Lab, taught by CVTC instructors

Credential: Intro to Gas Metal Arc Welding (61-442-1), Technical Diploma

Course Title Course Time Times Days

442-310 Welding Safety & Orientation

1 credit

Monday, August 29, 2022 –
Friday, September 9, 2022
7:30-11:00 a.m.M-F


Industrial Skills Welders

2 credits

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 - Thursday, December 15, 2022
9:30-11:15 a.m.
7:30-8:45 a.m.



442-307 Welding Print Reading

2 credits

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 –
Thursday, December 22, 2022

7:30-9:25 a.m.T|Th

442-362 Gas Metal Arc Welding

4 credits

Monday, September 12, 2022 –
Friday, December 23, 2022

7:30-11:00 a.m.

9:30-11:00 a.m.



Academy Location: UW-River Falls

This academy is designed to provide basic skill levels for entry-level employment in the area of production welding. Students will learn welding safety, basic welding math, welding print reading, and wire feed processes. Completion of this academy will lead into CVTC one-year welding technical diploma program.

Course Description

442-310 Welding Safety & Orientation
Introduces welding safety and standard operating procedures on equipment commonly used in welding labs/shops   and on tools received in student's toolbox. Students will be able to receive an OSHA 10 safety certificate. 

442-380 Industrial Skills for Welders
In this course the student will develop math skills and job seeking skills for the welding career to meet the demand of today's industry. Application based math topics will address fractions, decimals, fraction conversion to decimals and metric equivalents, geometry and trig formulas, as well as algebraic problem solving. The student will use blueprints for layout calculations and technics. The student will also develop job seeking skills such as: employment search, resumes, application forms, and employer interviews. 

442-307 Welding Print Reading
Drawing fundamentals related to 2 and 3 view drawings; visual projection methods; freehand sketching; weld   symbols and how to apply them. Interpret weld blueprints according to industry standards.

442-362 Gas Metal Arc Welding
Introduction to Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW, wire-feed welding, MIG). Develop skills with solid wire GMAW short-circuit transfer in various positions and joint designs.

Just the Facts

Fall 2022
9 Credit High School Academy

Registration Status //

Academy Dates //
August 29, 2022 – December 19, 2022High School Academies follow all scheduled CVTC breaks.

Days of Week //
Mon - Fri

Times //
7:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Classroom Location //
UW-River Falls

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Still have questions? Please contact our HS Academies Team at 715-852-1365 for more information.