Welding Process Technology

  • Credits: 34
  • 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 local manufacturing companies. The program prepares students for a career in welding or creates a pathway into an AAS in Electronics Technology or Robotics Technology with an articulated Bachelor’s degree at Bemidji State University. The program integrates theory, safety practices, and application of technical training. Coursework provides the student with information and skill development in a variety of welding processes.

Through coursework, the student will develop fundamental knowledge of metals, welding processes, safety and related equipment applications. The student will also learn the following welding processes: stick (SMAW) and gas metal arc welding (GMAW), gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), and will join various types of metal while perfecting the students hand skills.


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 Course Listings

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Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
FYEC 1110 Pathways to Success 1
WELD 1100 Weld Orientation 1
WELD 1102 Weld Fundamentals 3
WELD 1104 Basic SMAW 4
WELD 1110 Blueprint Reading/Symbols 2
WELD 1112 Advanced SMAW 4
WELD 1114 Basic Fabrication 4
WELD 1117 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 3
WELD 1121 Oxy-Acetylene Weld/Cut 2
WELD 1130 Gas Metal Arc Welding 4
WELD 1131 Advanced GMAW 4
WELD 1570 Welding Internship 2

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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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