All Minneapolis Community and Technical College and Metropolitan State Minneapolis campus buildings will close on Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 4:30 p.m. and remain closed on Thursday, Dec. 25. The campus will be open to employees only on Friday, Dec. 26.

The campus will resume normal hours on Saturday, Dec. 27.

Educational Programs

Welding and Metal Fabrication

 

Program description

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 with manufacturing plants 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

  • 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.
  • Welder certifications are available to students in multiple processes to American Welding Society Standards.
  • Students participate in Behind the Mask and Skills USA welding competitions each year.
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  • American Welding Society scholarships are available.
  • The program encourages creativity; you plan and fabricate your own projects for course credit.
  • Small class sizes provide lots of one-on-on attention from instructors and hands-on learning experiences.
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Where you could work

  • Manufacturing shops
  • Metal fabrication companies
  • Your own business

Potential job titles

  • Welder
  • Solderer
  • Metal Fabricator
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  • Plumbers or Pipefitter
  • General Construction Worker
  • Machine Operator
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Occupational outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 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

Beyond-the-classroom opportunities

You will have the opportunity to participate in Behind the Mask and Skills USA welding competitions each year.

Academy

This program is part of the Academy of Manufacturing and Building Sciences. Click here for more information.

Articulation Agreements, Common Course Outlines and Gainful Employment Information

Please contact the program dean for information about articulation agreements.

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