32 Credits | 1 Year
Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior
Career Cluster: Manufacturing
Learn the latest skills from experienced instructors who will provide you with plenty of hands-on training. Northwood Tech follows the American Welding Society Skill Standards to provide you with knowledge and skills in welding theory, fabrication, layout, print reading, welding symbols, math and welding codes.
The Welding program teaches safety during all aspects of welding and cutting. Safety is the most important aspect of proper workmanship. Next, you will be taught the science and art of cutting, fabricating and welding using the latest equipment and technologies. Most entry-level welders can expect to be employed full time with full fringe benefits. Their duties can include fabricating parts and assemblies by reading blueprints, codes, specifications, weld symbols and drawings. Beginners can assist with material preparation, tack up, fitting and finally welding when you prove your ability in the workplace. The work can be physically demanding. Welding requires good manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination. Other essential employability skills include paying attention to details, working well with others in teams, having good communication skills, a positive attitude, excellent attendance and punctuality, and a good work ethic. Manual, semi-automatic and robotic welding will all continue to enjoy strong demand for the foreseeable future.
Welding graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate industry-recognized safety practices
- Interpret welding drawings
- Produce shielded metal arc welds (SMAW)
- Produce gas metal arc welds (GMAW)
- Produce flux core welds
- Produce gas tungsten arc welds (GTAW)
- Perform cutting operations
You will spend a majority of your time in the lab practicing different welding and cutting processes along with fabricating a number of different projects. Northwood Tech's welding labs are equipped with the latest welding technology. You will learn to use a CNC plasma cutter, robotic welder, weld simulator along with SMAW, GMAW, FCAW and GTAW welding machines.
Learn by doing.
Welding program graduates will demonstrate industry-recognized safety practices, interpret welding drawings, produce shielded metal arc welds (SMAW), produce gas metal arc welds (GMAW), produce flux core welds, produce gas tungsten arc welds (GTAW) and perform cutting operations.
Hearing protection is required in all Northwood Tech welding labs.
Northwood Tech's welding instructors have extensive occupational experience and education. They bring real-world knowledge to the classroom to ensure that graduates leave with a solid foundation to start their career in the welding industry.
For your convenience, you can take Welding at any one of Northwood Tech's four locations. The New Richmond campus offers both a daytime and evening option for the Welding program.
Students are taught welding skills and theory, fabrication, layout, print reading, welding symbols, math and welding codes based on the American Welding Society Skill Standards.
Program-specific subjects covered include Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Flux-cored Arc Welding and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding as well as Printing Reading and Fabrication. Oxy/Fuel cutting and plasma cutting are also an important part of the welding required courses. Robotic welding and CNC plasma cutting are incorporated in Fabrication and Print Reading course work.
Welding is Part of a Career Pathway
As a Welding student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way!
These technical diplomas are embedded in the Welding program.
Shielded Metal Arc (SMAW)
Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
Welding/Maintenance and Fabrication
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Admissions and Tuition
Northwood Tech has an easy admission process that can be completed in one visit. Please see the details under the "Requirements and Application" section to get started.
Tuition and Fees
Northwood Tech breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.
Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work-study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits, and scholarships.
Estimated Total Program Costs 2023-24*
32 Credits | 1 Year
$550 for tools, supplies and uniforms
*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented.
After the Northwood Tech Welding Program
Upon completion of the program, you will earn technical diplomas in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Welding/Maintenance and Fabrication, and Welding.