Metal Fabrication - Technical Diploma
The Metal Fabrication program provides hands-on experience to prepare you to build metal projects using all types of fabrication equipment. You will take fabrication projects from blueprint through final inspection, including the use and troubleshooting of manual and CNC cutting and forming equipment, and both Gas Metal Arc and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding. The Metal Fabrication program will prepare you for the future by providing you with knowledge in Metallurgy, Robotics, Quality Assurance and Lean Manufacturing.
Program Costs & Financial Aid
Tuition: $6,497, Books: $545, Supplies: $500
This program is partially eligible for financial aid.
Estimates based on in-state residency. Learn more about tuition and fees.
How do I get started in this program?
Requirements for Program Entry
- Apply at www.nwtc.edu/apply.
- Submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org: High school transcript (or GED/HSED transcript) College transcript
- If your cumulative GPA is below 2.6, complete or submit a placement evaluation.
- Tip! Our admission advisors will assist you through every step. Have questions? Connect with NWTC Admissions at email@example.com or 920-498-5444.
What are my courses?
Students following the study plan below will complete the Metal Fabrication technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
8 Week 1
8 Week 1
- 31421337 - Blueprint Reading for Welders2 2
- 31442359 - Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 1 1
- 31442362 - Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 2 2
- 10620170 - Robotics - Introduction to 1
- 31457351 - Automated Cutting Processes 1
- 31457352 - Automated Forming Processes 1
- 10422100 - Metallurgy 2
- 31442345 - Robotic Weld Prgm&Troublshoot 1
- Curriculum Note: Students must earn a "C" or better in 10-804-301, Vocational Math A to enroll in 10-804-302, Vocational Math B.
- Demonstrate industry recognized safety practices.
- Interpret welding and fabrication drawings
- Produce Gas Metal Arc Welds
- Produce Gas Tungsten Arc Welds
- Perform Cutting Operations to detailed drawings
- Perform Forming Operations to detailed drawings
- Fabricate projects from detailed drawings
- Inspect product according to detailed drawings
What careers are in my future?
A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment as a Welder/Fabricator, Pipe Welder, CNC Fabrication Equipment Operator, Robotic Welding Operator, and Welder. In these jobs, the graduate will build and repair metal components using basic knowledge of blueprints, metallurgy, and layout while applying the major welding processes used by industry. Other positions might include Construction Trades Welder, Ironworker Trades Welder, Millwright, Sheetmetal Trades Welder, and Pipe Trades Welder. People in many apprenticeship programs are required to take welding and fabrication classes as part of their training.
What else do I need to know about the program?
- Students are responsible for purchasing their own Personal Protective Equipment. Details will be provided at orientation. Students are eligible for discounts.
Study Abroad Opportunities
The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses.
Classes wherever you have an internet connection.
- An in-person career experience, such as an internship, practicum, or credit for prior learning, may be required.
- Some online courses may be held at specific dates/times.
- Classes between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
- Classes between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
- A combination of online classes and Saturday and/or Sunday classes.
- 12 or more credits per term.
- Fewer than 12 credits per term.