Metal Fabrication Technical Diploma

Program Code: 314571

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.

Employment Potential

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.


    Requirements for Program Entry

    • Apply at
    • Submit the following to 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 or 920-498-5444.
    Curriculum: Students following the study plan below will complete the Metal Fabrication technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
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    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.

    Program Outcomes

    • 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 details drawings
    • Inspect product according to detailed drawings


    All NWTC Metal Fabrication Program instructors are certified welders/fabricators.


    • 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. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit