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Technical Diploma - 35 credits


Welding is an important process in business, construction, and manufacturing sectors of our economy. The welding profession will provide good job opportunities now and in the future. Today, even plastic is welded and will soon be used to make and weld car frames. Nicolet's welding diploma program will provide the student with skills for a lifetime profession.

About the Program

The Welding program is designed to give students entry-level skills required in fabrication, construction, maintenance, apprenticeship, and other metal working industries. Students will develop competency in the following areas:

Welding and Brazing Processes

  • Basic oxyacetylene welding and brazing
  • Shielded metal arc
  • Gas tungsten arc
  • Submerged arc
  • Flux core
  • Resistance welding

Cutting Processes

  • Plasma
  • Arc-air
  • Photo-electric eye cutting

Students will also experience robotic welding, computerized cutting, safe overhead crane operation, and will learn blueprint reading, layout and fabrication techniques, and math and communication skills.

Requirements for welder certification will be explained, and simulated certification tests will be offered. Upon successfully completing the program, students will have the skills needed to take a welding certification test or job-entry performance test.

Financial Aid Eligible

This program is eligible for financial aid. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for further details.

Possible Careers

  • Production Welder
  • Maintenance Welder
  • Job Shop Layout Welder
  • Welding Sales and Service
  • Self-employment


Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate industry recognized safety practices
  2. Perform thermal cutting
  3. Produce gas tungsten arc welds
  4. Interpret weld drawings
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of metallurgy fundamentals in a manufacturing setting
  6. Produce shielded metal arc welds
  7. Produce gas metal arc welds
  8. Produce flux core welds
  9. Demonstrate and apply customer service skills


View Gainful Employment Information

The information is provided as a federal requirement in an effort to help students make informed educational decisions. Specifically, Gainful Employment aims to provide information related to future potential debt burden in comparison to the expected earnings in a chosen program or field.

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