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 directly related 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
(18 Courses)
See credit variables under electives
Course Title Credits
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 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
Total Credits: 45  
Note there is a data error. The credits listed in this section total 44 while the section is listed as having 45 credits.
Technical Elective Courses
(select 12 credits from the courses below)
WELD 2900 may be taken as part of the required 57 technical credits. With advisor approval and depending on the educational scope of the internship, the number of credits completed in WELD 2203, WELD 2204, WELD 2206, and WELD 2900 may vary within the range listed.
Course Title Credits
WELD 2203 Pipe Welding Shop 1-4*
WELD 2204 Welding Qualification Shop 1-4*
WELD 2206 Welding Fabrication Shop 1-4*
WELD 2900 Internship 1-6*
Total Credits: 12  
General Education Elective Courses
(select 3 credits from the courses below)
Choose one of the following options:
Course Title Credits
CMST 121 Introduction to Communication
ENGL 121 College Composition I - Critical Reading & Writing
Total Credits: 3  
General Education Elective Courses
General Education courses must be selected from at least three (3) of the ten (10) goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer curriculum. Courses can be taken from any of the ten (10) goal areas.
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 12  
Total AAS Degree Credits: 72  

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