Technical Diploma

Welding is everywhere. Anything made of metal can be welded—from cars and motorcycles to ships and space stations, from solar panels to skyscrapers. Although its roots are ancient, welding is only growing in relevance and demand.

A Closer Look

Today, welding is an increasingly technical field, even becoming a high-tech skill. Today’s welders still use heat to join, cut, and manipulate metal, but they also operate robots and other automated systems that use powerful lasers, electron beams, and sometimes even explosives to bond metals.

Students who like designing and building with metal will find a variety of intriguing career opportunities in welding, especially those who are interested in fields like materials engineering, robotics, lasers, computer programming, and systems integration.

What You'll Learn

The Welding program at Mid-State prepares graduates for a wide variety of welding jobs in production, maintenance, construction, manufacturing, and servicing industries.

You will receive hands-on instruction and practice in a number of welding processes, including shielded metal arc, gas tungsten arc, gas metal arc, submerged arc, oxyacetylene cutting and brazing, plasma arc, and arc-air cutting. You will also become familiar with various types of metals, fabrication of metals, and welding under industry codes. Successful completion of this program prepares you to take welding certification tests.


  • Construction Welder
  • Fabricator
  • Maintenance Welder
  • MIG Welder
  • Production Welder
  • TIG Welder
  • Welder

Your Instructors

The instructors in the Welding program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our full-time faculty!


Russell earned his bachelor’s degree from Bellevue University and also has an associate degree in welding technology. He has over 25 years of experience working in the welding and metal fabrication industries along with eight years of postsecondary education experience.

“Skilled welders are in very high demand around the world. I enjoy providing my students with the skills they need to gain employment and be successful in this rewarding career field.”


Aaron has worked in welding for 20 years. He maintains two certifications from the American Welding Society: Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) and Certified Welding Educator (CWE). He also serves on a subcommittee for education with the Central Wisconsin Metal Manufacturers Alliance (CWIMMA).

“I’m passionate about welding, and when I see students take an interest in it, I just want to push them to take pride in their workmanship and achieve the next level in their education.”

Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more. If you are unable to access this document, please contact a new student specialist by calling 888.575.6782.

Costs and Financial Aid Eligibility

Expected Program Costs

Cost based on the 2018/2019 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $5,667.21
  • Books: $395.85
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $85.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $6,148.06

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid.


Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
10442100 Intro to Welding 1.00
10462116 Metal Fabrication 3.00
10442101 Basic GTAW (TIG) 2.00
10442110 Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) 3.00
10442112 Welding Print Reading 2.00
10442130 Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) 2.00
10442132 Metal Cutting Welding 2.00
10462107 Industrial Safety 2.00
32420320 Math for Manufacturing 2.00
10804107 College Mathematics 3.00
(16-19 Credits)
Term: 2
10442102 Intermediate GTAW (TIG) 2.00
10442103 Advanced GTAW (TIG) 2.00
10442115 Welding Fabrication Techniques 2.00
10442111 Intermediate GMAW/FCAW 3.00
10442159 Welding Metallurgy 2.00
10442163 Weld Inspections and Testing 1.00
10462132 Machine Shop Fundamentals 3.00
10623106 Intro to AutoCAD 1.00
(14 Credits)
Total Credits: 30-33