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
(24 Courses)
Course Title Credits
WELD 1201 Applied Mathematics for Welding Careers
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 2101 Layout & Fabrication I
WELD 2103 Advanced Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Shop 2*
WELD 2105 Advanced GMAW and FCAW Shop 1*
WELD 2106 Metal Finishing Shop
WELD 2111 Layout and Fabrication 2
WELD 2201 Pipe Layout and Fabrication
WELD 2203 Pipe Welding Shop 1*
WELD 2204 Welding Qualification Shop 1*
WELD 2206 Welding Fabrication Shop 1*
WELD 2207 Welding Metallurgy and Qualifications
Total Credits: 53  
Technical Elective Courses
(select 4 credits from the courses below)
Choose enough credits (0 - 4 credits) to complete 53 credits when combined with the required courses.
Course Title Credits
CMAE 1528 Career Success Skills
DRFT 1002 Fundamentals of Parametric Design
GSIS 1602 Personal Financial Management
GSMS 1251 Applied Physics
GSWS 1401 Employment Preparation
GSWS 1451 First Aid/Safety
MACT 1190 Principles of Machining Operations
NDT 1502 Fundamentals of Nondestructive Testing
WELD 1190 Fundamentals of Welding
WELD 2100 Introduction to Machining
WELD 2828 Multi Axis CAM and Robotic Weld
WELD 2900 Internship 1-4*
Total Credits: 4  
Goal Area 1: Communications
Choose any Goal Area 1 course.
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
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.