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
(26 Courses)
Course Title Credits
CMAE 1514 Safety Awareness
CMAE 1518 Manufacturing Processes and Production
CMAE 1522 Quality Practices
CMAE 1526 Maintenance Awareness
WELD 1311 Prints, Symbols & Joint Designs I
WELD 1312 Welding Processes
WELD 1314 Gas Weld, Braze, Cut Shop 1
WELD 1316 Shielded Metal Arc Shop 1
WELD 1319 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Shop 1
WELD 1320 Computer-Aided Manufacturing
WELD 1321 Prints, Symbols & Joint Designs 2
WELD 1322 Welding Processes, Metals and Fabrication
WELD 1324 Gas Welding, Brazing and Cutting Shop 2
WELD 1326 Shielded Metal Arc Welding 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: 53  
Note there is a data error. The credits listed in this section total 56 while the section is listed as having 53 credits.
Technical Elective Courses
(select 7 credits from the courses below)
With advisor approval, WELD 2900 (Welding Internship) may be taken as part of the 7 required technical elective credits. 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 ranges listed for a total of 7 credits.
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: 7  
General Studies Applied Elective Courses
(this course is not required but is recommended)
Course Title Credits
WELD 1201 Applied Mathematics for Welding Careers
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.