The welding program trains students in manual, semiautomatic, and robotic welding processes used in a variety of fabrication and construction industries. Students develop skill proficiency through practice in over 19 welding processes, in all positions, and with a variety of metals. In addition, welding students learn to identify base and filler materials and their properties, operate equipment properly, practice correct procedures, test for strength and appearance, work safely and productively, be responsible for quality control, read blueprints for necessary information, measure and use math, and practice good interpersonal relations.
Earn your Welding Diploma with a program that fits into your schedule! Starting January 2018, Southwest Tech will be offering welding classes from 5PM-10PM on Monday-Thursdays. Or, attend class during the daytime, 4-days per week. Whatever works for you!
Is This Program for You?
Do you enjoy building things? Are you mechanically inclined, with strong math skills? Does a job working independently appeal to you? Welding may be a great career choice.
Students entering the Welding program should:
Enjoy building things.
Have good math skills.
Have manual dexterity.
Be able to work with little direction or supervision.
Have good vision (glasses are acceptable).
Have good hand-eye coordination.
Be able to concentrate with patience on detailed work.
Technical diploma, requiring a minimum of nine months to complete. Day or Evening classes available.
High school articulation courses accepted.
Class will be held August to May or January to December.
Financial aid available.
Admission and Program Requirements
Submit Application and $30 Application Fee To make sure your classes are the right fit, we consider any previous college credit you've earned, Compass or ACT scores, high school GPA, or an assessment at your registration session. Submit High School Transcripts, College Transcripts, and Test Scores to: Southwest Tech, Attn: Admissions, 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, WI 53809 Helpful Academic Background
Technical education courses
This program is eligible for
Financial Aid. Estimated cost for each semester can be found under the Curriculum tab. Please note that costs are approximate and are based on the current academic year.
Please discuss additional fee questions with the program advisor or instructor.
Students must have eye wear protection (safety glasses with side shields or wrap around safety glasses over prescription glasses) and must meet OSHA Z87.1 or greater while they are conducting operations that are deemed hazardous in nature. These glasses can be purchased at the
At the completion of the program, students are expected to be able to:
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 cutting operations
Produce Oxyfuel welds
Technical Skill Attainment (TSA)
TSA scoring guide will be used to document your attainment of technical program outcomes for the Welding Degree. To meet the requirements on the scoring guide, you will be asked to draw upon the skills and concepts that have been developed throughout the program and are necessary for successful employment in your field. Results will be used to inspire continual improvement of teaching and learning in Wisconsin Technical College System. In addition, this assessment will provide feedback to you about your performance.
Welding is the most common way of permanently joining metal parts, so welders are employed in a wide variety of manufacturing and construction jobs, including automotive and equipment manufacturing, structural building, maintenance, and repair. Welders may work on land or underwater, inside and outside.
Welding Technicians, Supervisors, Inspectors, Instructors, Repair Shop Owners
Pipe Layers, Plumbers, Pipe Fitters and Steam Fitters
Aircraft Body and Bonded Structure Repairers
Aircraft Structure Assemblers
Ship Building Workers
Bridge Construction Workers
Southwest Tech's Career Connections Center offers Services to assist students looking for job placement.
Credit for Prior Learning
Experience Pays! You've Been There... You've Done That... Let's See If You Can Get Credit For It!
Credit for prior learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired. This may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military training, extensive self-instruction, or professional development. Credit for Prior Learning affords you the opportunity to accelerate the completion of your educational goals.
For more information or to request Credit for Prior Learning see our
Credit for Prior Learning page. Welding Courses that may have Credit for Prior Learning options:
(Demonstration) Challenge Exam
The Welding curriculum was developed in part through a Department of Labor TAACCCT Grant. This is an equal opportunity program. Veterans and TAA eligible populations are encouraged to participate.
The Southwest Tech Welding program is accredited by the
American Welding Society, 8669 NW 36 Street, #130, Miami, Florida 33166. 305-443-9353 / 800-443-9353 (voice) 305-443-7559 (Fax).