Metal Fabrication/Welding - Advanced

67-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

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Metal fabrication prepares metal for a specific use. It involves manipulating metal from one form to another for a particular purpose. In the Metal Fabrication/Welding - Advanced Associate of Applied Science Degree program, develop higher-level skills involving the intricate planning and preparing a part for cutting, fabrication and welding, and produce parts by employing new techniques and using a variety of materials. Gain advanced skills in operating computer-controlled press brakes and shears, plasma arc cutting machines and micro-processor-based power sources. Emphasis is placed on welding techniques and joining methods.

  • The Degree program will prepare students for higher skill level fabricator, laser operator, welder/press operator or welder jobs.
  • The curriculum for the Metal Fabrication/Welding Technical Diploma program is the first year of studies in the Metal Fabrication/Welding - Advanced Associate of Applied Science Degree program. Students who complete the technical diploma will require just one additional year of studies to earn their associate degree.
  • Cooperative educational opportunities provide technical, hands-on learning in real-world settings.
  • Participation in the Metal Fabrication/Welding Club helps build members leadership skills and promotes safety skills.

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 442-150 Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)4  
 457-110 Blueprint Reading - Fab2  
 457-120 Thermal Cutting - Manual2  
 457-160 Metal Fabrication 15  
 804-113 College Technical Math 1A3  
 
Total Semester Credits
16
  
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 422-103 Metals Technology/Fabricators1  
 457-121 Automated Cutting Processes 12  
 457-165 Metal Fabrication 25  
 442-170 Flux Cored Arc Welding4 *
 801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm3+ 
 809-199 Psychology of Human Relations3  
 
Total Semester Credits
18
  
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 442-190 Robotic Arc Welding 13  
 457-122 Automated Cutting Processes 22  
 457-150 Mfg Planning and Fixturing2  
 457-154 Advanced Forming Processes2  
 457-170 Computer Assist Prog Laser2  
 801-136 English Composition 13+ 
 806-139 Survey of Physics3  
 
Total Semester Credits
17
  
Fourth Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 442-191 Robotic Arc Welding 23  
 457-155 Adv Manufacturing Capstone4  
 606-153 Co-op Educ I-Ind1  
 809-166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & App3  
 809-195 Economics3+ 
 Elective 2  
 
Total Semester Credits
16
  
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

High School Transfer Opportunities

WCTC Course

WCTC Credits Awarded

442-150 Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) 4

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

College

Program Name

Credits Awarded

Upper Iowa UniversityBachelor of Scienceup to 78
UW-StoutB. S. Career, Technical Education & Trainingup to 60

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.