Skilled welders are in great demand, and the outlook for employment remains good in our region and nationwide as the manufacturing and construction industries continue to grow. With good math skills, attention to detail, and a preoccupation with quality, you could make welding a career.
Our program covers theory and practice in all types of welding: shielded metal arc, oxy-fuel, gas metal arc, and gas tungsten arc, and robotic arc welding. You’ll be educated in the proper use of tools and equipment, safety, and blueprint reading as you practice welding joints in all positions and on all types of metals.
Heavy construction and manufacturing depend on skilled welders and offer excellent wages to those who are up to the challenge.
Estimated Program Cost
Welding & Fabrication
This program will cost about $6,900* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.
* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
Welding & Fabrication 2020-2021 Graduation Employment Stats
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Respondents in Related Occupations
- Welder, Welder Fabricator
- Living responsibly
- Refining professionalism
- Cultivating passion
- Demonstrate industry recognized safety practices
- Interpret welding drawings
- Produce shielded metal arc welds (SMAW)
- Produce gas metal arc welds (GMAW)
- Produce flux core welds
- Produce gas tungsten arc welds (GTAW)
- Perform thermal cutting
Software and Technology
This program requires specific software and technology to complete classwork. Click here to see the list of items you will need for your courses.
If you do not have access to the items listed for your program, or if the items you have do not meet the requirements, resources may be available. Submit a Student Resource Request using our online form.
Internet access is required to access student accounts from off campus. The Learning Commons can provide information on free, off-campus Wi-Fi spots. Contact them at LearningCommons@westerntc.edu or call 608-785-9198.
For additional specifications, please review Technology and Software Recommendations for Most Classes on Western’s IT Knowledgebase.