Welding Academy - Eau Claire- Must Take Fall Term

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:  January 24, 2023 – May 18, 2023

Location: CVTC Transportation and Manufacturing Center

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


Adv Shielded Metal Arc Welding

3 credit

January 24 2023, –
May 15, 2023
8:00-11:55 a.m.  


Welding Theory

2 credits

January 23, 2023 - May 17, 2023




Robotic Welding 

2 credits

January 23, 2023 - May 18, 2023



Advanced Gas Metal Arc Welding

4 credits

January 23, 2023 - May 17, 2023

8:00-11:55 a.m.


3 credits 
January 24, 2023-May 16, 2023
8:00-10:55am Friday and 1:00-3:55pm Tuesday


Course Description

​442-300 Advanced Sheld Metal Arc Welding
Students will learn equipment set up, safe practices as well as perform SMAW welds in all positions while following WPS's in a lab setting.​

442-327 Welding Theory
Continuation of Metals Technology 1, 442-303, expanding on and covering a variety of technical topics related to the Welding program. Topics will include: material handling, introduction to Welding Procedure Specification (WPS) and certifications. Discussion will also GTAW process, electrode and filler metal.

​442-360 Robotic Welding
Safety; setup; programming; and operation of a welding robot. Variables and problems will be studied and solutions applied to provide a practical, efficient application of the GMAW (gas metal arc welding) process to an automated system.

​442-363 Advanced Gas Metal Arc Welding
Continuation of Basic Wire-Feed Welding. Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW, wire-feed welding, MIG) using spray transfer, pulse GMAW, flux-cored wire, aluminum, and stainless steel wire on various metals and joint designs. Destructive and nondestructive testing methods; welding codes and certification.

​457-300 Fabrication
Students will be Introduced to and apply basic metal fabrication and layout principles in a lab setting following safe lab practices and working off welding prints.

Just the Facts

Spring 2023
14 Credit High School Academy

Registration Status //

Academy Dates //
January 23 - May 18, 2023High School Academies follow all scheduled CVTC breaks.

Days of Week //
Mon - Fri

Times //
8a.m. - 4:55p.m.

Classroom Location //
CVTC Manufacturing Education Center

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