Metal Fabrication

Technical Diploma
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Why choose Metal Fabrication?

  • Demand is high for fabricators, fitters, and welders in our area.
  • Ideal career for creative problem solvers and critical thinkers who take pride in their work and would like to manufacture vital components and finished products.
  • This program provides hands-on, focused learning using equipment found in industry.
Metal fabricators build a wide range of projects using all types of fabrication equipment. They have the skills needed for a career in a construction firm, equipment manufacturing company, or small fabrication shop and have the satisfaction of making things that last and make a difference in people’s lives.

Program Locations

Wisconsin Rapids Campus
500 32nd Street North
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

What You'll Learn

Mid-State's Metal Fabrication program prepares graduates for jobs as fabricators, fitters, mill beam fitters, welder-fabricators, structural-steel fabricators, weld technicians, and structural steel fitters. Students will work with a variety of metals and learn to produce and assemble structural metal products for machinery, ovens, tanks, pipes, stacks, and parts for buildings. They will learn the physical properties of metals and how to read job orders and blueprints.

This program prepares students with an understanding of basic design, types of materials and their uses, weld types, and material fitting. Students train on equipment found in local industry and learn to operate press brakes, industrial hydraulic shears, ironworkers, CNC plasma cutting tables, robotic welders, plate rollers, grinders, welders, and various other metal cutting and fitting equipment.

Estimated Entire Program Cost

Cost based on the 2023/24 academic year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $5,958.80
  • Books: $1,000.00
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $0
  • Total Estimated Cost: $6,958.80

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid

Cost of Attendance

Learn more about Cost of Attendance, an estimated budget that includes categories of expenses a student can expect to incur while attending. 

This course has options available to receive credit for prior learning (CPL) or work experience.

Term: 1
  Catalog# Title Credits
  31442313 Gas Metal Arc Welding: Introduction 3
  31442314 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding: Introduction 2
  31442317 Print Reading for Welding 1
  31462318 Safety for Industrial Trades  1
  10457119 Fabrication Fundamentals 1 1
  10457120 Fabrication Fundamentals 2 1
  31457400 Measurement and Layout 1
  10623106 Introduction to AutoCAD 1
  10623114 Intro to Inventor 1
  32420320 Math for Manufacturing 2
-or- 10804107 College Mathematics  3
  Term Total   14 Credits
Term: 2
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10442111 Intermediate GMAW/FCAW 3
  31442316 Metallurgy for Welding 1
  31462302 Machine Shop Foundations 2
  10442115 Welding Fabrication Techniques 2
  31457401 Metal Fabrication for Pipe 2
  31457402 Metal Fabrication for Plate 2
  31442322 Robotic Welding 2
  31457403 CNC Programming and Operation 1
  Term Total   15 Credits
  Program Total   29 Credits



Jeremy is an AWS Certified Welding Inspector who earned his technical diploma in Welding from Mid-State Technical College. He has worked in the fabrication industry for 26 years, with a primary focus on structural metal fabrication for 17 of those years. His experience includes working with numerous structural codes, including international structural codes. Prior to his full-time role at Mid-State he taught in the College’s Welding program for three years.

“I am very passionate about teaching and the structural industry. Most people never realize how much of their day-to day lives is possible because somewhere at some time fabricators and welders did their job. I look forward to bringing up the next generation of fabricators and helping to feed the ranks of local industry.”


  • Fabricator
  • Metalworker
  • Fitter
  • Welder-Fabricator
  • Apprenticeship


High school students are eligible to enroll in this program and all courses required. Learn more about Mid-State Fast-Track.

“All along Mid-State has been really helpful, really open to communicating more with me and helping me with what I need.”


Choose Your Path

Career pathways help you take your education one step at a time to maximize your investment and make college fit your life. Earn a credential and start using it in the workforce. Continue with another stack of related courses to gain a more advanced diploma or degree.

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Metal Fabrication Program Pathway