Welding is the process of joining metals through heat. The industrial welding program on the Willmar campus is different from other programs because it offers either a one-year completion or a two-year advanced technical welding education. Shop equipment is the type found in industry and classroom instruction and is related directly to shop work. The Hutchinson campus has the only welding program in the state with in-house x-ray. Using this quality control inspection method, students always have feedback on the quality of their welds. Both programs give students broad and continuous exposure to welding methods and equipment. A certificate option is also available.
Course Outline
Required Courses
(21 Courses)
Course Title Credits
WELD 1201 Applied Mathematics for Welding Careers
WELD 1310 Prints, Symbols, Joint Designs
WELD 1312 Welding Processes
WELD 1314 Gas Weld, Braze, Cut Shop 1
WELD 1316 Shielded Metal Arc Shop 1
WELD 1317 Shielded Metal Arc Shop 2
WELD 1320 Computer-Aided Manufacturing
WELD 1322 Welding Processes, Metals and Fabrication
WELD 1324 Gas Welding, Brazing and Cutting Shop 2
WELD 1327 Gas Metal Arc Welding 1
WELD 1328 Gas Metal Arc Welding Shop 2
WELD 1329 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Shop 2
WELD 2100 Introduction to Machining
WELD 2101 Layout & Fabrication I
WELD 2103 Advanced Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Shop 2-4*
WELD 2105 Advanced GMAW and FCAW Shop 1-4*
WELD 2106 Metal Finishing Shop
WELD 2111 Layout and Fabrication 2
WELD 2201 Pipe Layout and Fabrication
WELD 2207 Welding Metallurgy and Qualifications
WELD 2828 Multi Axis CAM and Robotic Weld
Total Credits: 49  
Technical Elective Courses
(select 11 credits from the courses below)
Course Title Credits
WELD 2203 Pipe Welding Shop 1-4*
WELD 2204 Welding Qualification Shop 1-4*
WELD 2206 Welding Fabrication Shop 1-4*
Total Credits: 11  
Technical Elective Courses
(this course is not required but is recommended)
Course Title Credits
WELD 2900 Internship 1*
General Education Elective Courses
(select 4 credits from the courses below)
Course Title Credits
GSIS 1602 Personal Financial Management
GSMS 1251 Applied Physics
GSWS 1401 Employment Preparation
GSWS 1451 First Aid/Safety
Total Credits: 4  
Total Diploma Credits: 64  

*Credits for this course are variable. See your Advisor about this course.