Welding Process Technology

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

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.

According to CAREERwise, the median hourly pay as a Welder, Cutter, Solderer, and Brazer in the state of Minnesota is $19.71 per hour. The employment outlook through 2024 is expected to grow approximately 0.9%, a low growth career.

Program Course Listings

View semester course schedule order by campus: Thief River Falls


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 1123 Fabrication Math 2
WELD 1124 Cutting Processes 1
WELD 1125 CNC Plasma Cutting 2
WELD 1130 Gas Metal Arc Welding 4
WELD 1150 Weld Qualification 1