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Welding Technology Diploma

Location(s): In Person

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Program Overview

Major ID: 324D

Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring

Welding and fabrication operations require skilled workers who are well-trained in the use of advanced arc welding process, layout fabrication techniques, blueprint reading and measuring devices. Skilled welding fabricators are thoroughly familiar with both welding and shop equipment, understanding the breakdown and setup procedures, test standards, and knowledge of the various types of metals. Physical requirements include good eyesight, good hand and eye coordination and the ability to perform heavy, physical work.

Career Opportunities

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, it is projected within the next 10 years to see a 15% growth rate, adding 50,000 new jobs. Welders and fabricators work in manufacturing plants both in structural and non-structural settings as production welders, maintenance welders, specialty welders, layout fabricators, press brake operators, CNC plasma/laser cutting operators, and robotic welding operators. Welding fabrication is widely used in the aircraft, automobile, trucking, shipbuilding, pipefitting, plumbing, sheetmetal, ironworking and other trades that use metals. Skilled welders may become layout specialists, engineers, technicians, supervisors, Certified Welding Inspectors or private shop owners.

Program Outcomes

  1. Identify correct welding techniques for multiple processes.
  2. Follow safety requirements in the set-up, operation, and break down of metal shop equipment.
  3. Produce weldments to AWS/Industry standards for multiple processes.
  4. Analyze the quality of welds to determine if proper techniques/settings are being used.
  5. Use blueprints and measuring devices to aid in welding.
  6. Distinguish between the characteristics of commonly used metal types.
  7. Apply mathematical tools to metalworking techniques.
  8. Construct projects using metalworking fabrication techniques.

Program Faculty

Todd Hankel

Caleb Paulson

Riley Pease

Supply costs

Estimated cost for student supplies $520.

Program Requirements

Certain classes must be taken concurrently and certain classes are prerequisites to other classes.

Course Sequence

The following sequence is recommended for a full-time student.

Total Semester Credits: 16

Total Semester Credits: 16

Total Semester Credits: 16

Total Program Credits: 48

Information is subject to change.This Program Requirements Guide is not a contract.

Minimum Program Entry Requirements
Students entering this program must meet the following minimum program entry requirements:

Reading: Score of 240+ or grade of “C” or better in READ 0721  or READ 0724  or EAPP 0860  

Writing: Score of 225+

Arithmetic: Score of 237+

Assessment Results and Prerequisites: Students admitted into Saint Paul College programs may need to complete additional courses based on assessment results and course prerequisite requirements. Certain MATH, READ, and ENGL courses have additional prerequisites.

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