Welding Academy - Eau Claire

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. 

By successfully completing all five courses and the WorkKeys Assessments for Industrial Skills, students will earn an Intro to GMAW technical diploma. Students not meeting the required scores for the Workkeys Assessments will be required to complete the Industrial skills course.  All of the academy courses listed below will be taught at the CVTC Campus in Eau Claire. Welding Print Reading will be offered online.

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

When: August 15, 2022 – December 19, 2022

Location: CVTC West Annex

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

*Students must complete the WorkKeys assessment to be awarded credit for Industrial Skills for Welders, which is part of the Technical Diploma requirements. 

Course TitleCourse TimeTimesDays

442-310 Welding Safety & Orientation

1 credit

Monday, August 15, 2022 –
Thursday, August 18, 2022
7:00-11:55 a.m. | 1:00-4:00 pm 


Welding Print Reading

2 credits

Monday, August 29, 2022 - December 19, 2022



442-303 Metals Technology

1 credits

Tuesday, August 30, 2022 - Thursday, December 15, 2022

11:00-11:55 a.m.

442-362 Gas Metal Arc Welding

4 credits

Monday, August 29, 2022 - December 19, 2022

8:00-11:55 a.m.


​442-325 Shielded Metal Arc Welding
3 credits 

Tuesday, August 30, 2022 - Thursday, December 15, 2022
​8:00-10:55 a.m.
Industrial Skills for Welders
2 credits
​Friday, September 2, 2022 - Friday, December 16, 2022
​8:00-12:00 p.m.

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. 

442-307 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.

442-303 Metals Technology

Introduces the student to a variety of technical topics related to the Welding program. Topics will include: machine settings, wire and electrode designations, drilling operations, data sheet interpretation, structural steel methods, maintenance of welding equipment, etc. Discussion will also take place on issues such as work ethics and job/work attitudes.

442-362 Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)

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.

442-325 Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)

Students will learn equipment set up, safe practices, and electrode identification as well as perform SMAW welds in flat and horizontal positions in a lab setting.

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. 

Just the Facts

Fall 2022
13 Credit High School Academy

Registration Status //

Academy Dates //
August 15, 2022 - December 19, 2022High School Academies follow all scheduled CVTC breaks.

Days of Week //
Mon - Fri

Times //
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Classroom Location //
CVTC Eau Claire Campus

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