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About the program

As a skilled welder, you'll enjoy a career where every day is different -- and you'll be paid very well for your efforts! Employers in Southeast Minnesota and nearby Wisconsin are looking for people with welding skills. Statewide, the need for welders is expected to increase by 7% between 2016-2026. As of 2019, the median salary in Minnesota is about $43,480 but experienced welders can make much more.

From day one in the Welding Technology diploma at MSC Southeast in Winona, you'll be getting hands-on experience in the welding shop. The program begins with training in safety and the proper handling of tools and shop supplies. Over the course of the year, our students become skilled in several welding and cutting processes in a variety of positions, including:

  • (OFW) oxy-fuel welding and cutting
  • (SMAW) stick welding
  • (GMAW) mig welding
  • (GTAW) tig welding

Students also learn the proper set up and selection of welding equipment and how to read and perform duties from weld shop blueprints. Since quality is critical, you'll also learn how to inspect your welds to meet today's standards and specifications.

All students must complete a welding capstone, designing a project from concept on through completion. Plus, there's an option to take an elective on-the-job internship, which can help with finding future employment.

Finally, you'll gain the skill to properly set up, complete, and pass a welding bend test to AWS (American Welding Society) D1.1 standards. With your diploma and this credential, you'll have the skills needed to enter today's welding workforce.

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