Welding Process Technology

  • Credits: 33
  • Degree Type: Diploma
  • Campus: Thief River Falls

The program prepares students for a career in welding or creates a pathway into an AAS in Electronics Technology or Robotics Technology.

Program Overview

The Welding Process Technology diploma was designed in cooperation with regional manufacturing companies. The program prepares the student for a career in a welding or welding related field. The program integrates theory, safety, and applications of technical welding training.
Through coursework, the student will develop fundamental knowledge of metals, welding processes, safety and related equipment applications. The student will become proficient in the following welding and cutting processes: stick (SMAW) and gas metal arc welding (GMAW), gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), oxy-acetylene welding (OAW), oxy-acetylene cutting (OAC), plasma arc cutting (PAC), and carbon arc cutting (CAC). The students will also have the opportunity to fabricate several weldments using various types of materials and techniques.
This degree consists of two stackable certificates that a student may take in either order. The student may stop out for employment and continue at a later date, or they may move straight through the full program


The employment outlook for graduates of the Welding Process Technology diploma is excellent. Graduates can expect to find employment in a manufacturing production facility as a welder or robotics operator. Welding skills lend themselves to entrepreneurship and some welders go into business for themselves.

The employment outlook for welders and solderers in the state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 is 18%, a high growth career.

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Program Courses

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Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
CRLT 2103 Job Seeking/Keeping 1
WELD 1104 Basic SMAW 4
WELD 1106 Flux Cored Arc Welding 2
WELD 1107 GTAW -- Alum & SS 3
WELD 1108 GMAW -- Manufacturing 4
WELD 1109 Weld Fabrication 4
WELD 1110 Blueprint Reading/Symbols 2
WELD 1117 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 3
WELD 1121 Oxy-Acetylene Weld/Cut 2
WELD 1123 Fabrication Math 2
WELD 1124 Cutting Processes 1
WELD 1130 Gas Metal Arc Welding 4
WELD 1150 Weld Qualification 1

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Program Specific Requirements

Students achieving assessment scores below the established minimums must register and successfully complete (with a grade of "C" or better) the required developmental courses in order to meet graduation requirements.

The program minimum scores for the Accuplacer Assessment test are as follows:
Reading Comprehension: 64
Arithmetic: 50

Program Accreditation

Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Program Faculty

  • Joel Ziegler
  • Welding Instructor
  • Campus: Thief River Falls
  • Tel: (218) 683-8728
  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282

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