Welding and Metal Fabrication
Long considered an art form, metalworking is a hands-on creative learning experience where you solve problems with your mind and body. MCTC's Welding and Metal Fabrication program provides you with the technical knowledge and hands-on skills needed to gain entry-level employment in manufacturing, construction and various other industries.
Program start and location
Classes start in both Fall or Spring. The location is in the Technical building.
Degree options and requirements
Please select the award below to view the degree options and requirements in the college catalog.
Welding and Metal Fabrication A.A.S.––60 credits
Welding and Metal Fabrication Certificate—30 credits
What you will learn
- This program will introduce you to current welding and metal fabrication processes widely used in a great variety of work environments.
- You will learn about shop safety and safe work practices, blueprint reading, applied math and general fabrication methods.
- In addition, you will learn about welding steel, stainless steel and aluminum with the GMAW (wirefeed) and GTAW processes.
- The second semester shop fabrication class includes use of computer controlled plasma cutter, press brake and robotic welding systems.
Points of pride
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- This is a short-term, flexible program––you can earn your 30-credit welding
certificate in just one year by taking either day or evening classes!
- Small class sizes provide lots of one-on-on attention from instructors and hands-on learning experiences.
- MCTC's Welding and Metal Fabrication program is an excellent
stepping-stone for further education in the manufacturing and
engineering fields with the capacity for advancement.
Where you could work
- Manufacturing shops
- Metal fabrication companies
- Your own business
Potential job titles
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- Metal Fabricator
The job outlook for people with these skills is strong. An iseek search conducted in September 2014 showed Welding (SOC code 51-4121) has a projected growth above the Minnesota statewide average with a median wage of $18.95 per hour.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics also eports that prospects should be good for welders trained in the latest technologies. Plus, with the retirement of the “Baby Boomer” generation, there are many skilled jobs openings and wages for those jobs continue to climb. A certificate in this field is an excellent stepping-stone for further education in the manufacturing and engineering fields with the capacity for advancement.
You will have the opportunity to participate in Behind the Mask and Skills USA welding competitions each year.
This program is part of the Academy of Manufacturing and Building Sciences. Click here for more information.
Common Course Outlines
Gainful employment reports
Training Programs Flourish as Mechanics, Metal and Factory Workers Highly Sought
The number of employment opportunities available to industrial workers is drastically increasing according to this recent article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The U.S. Department of Labor and the State of Minnesota have committed more than $67 million toward job retaining efforts in Minnesota. Read More
MCTC Welding and Metal Fabrication Instructor Todd Bridigum shares how he became involved in the welding industry and how MCTC is helping meet the increasing demand in the workforce for skilled manufacturers.Read More
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