Metal Fabrication

Metal Fabrication

Technical Diploma

The Metal Fabrication program will help students develop fabrication skills used in today's manufacturing industries. Students will learn shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, and oxy-fuel cutting methods. Students will also develop blueprint reading skills, design and layout, metal forming and assembly, as well as inspection and quality control. They will gain hands-on experience with automated cutting processes and first-hand exposure assembling metal projects.

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Program Outline

At A Glance

How You'll Learn


On Campus


Online Classes

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Multiple Start Dates

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Flexible Pace

2022 Start Dates

January 5 May 2 September 6
February 7 June 6 October 3
March 1 July 11 November 7

2023 Start Dates

January 9 May 8
February 6 June 5
March 6 July 3


What is Competency-Based Education?

Competency-Based Education (CBE) is learning at your own pace by mastering competencies through demonstration. Once all competencies for a program have been assessed and mastered, students will earn a certificate, diploma, or degree.

Approximate Cost


Financial Aid Eligible

*Based on 10-level courses—materials, books, and fees may be additional

Student Equipment

Students are required to purchase welding kits through the college bookstore or obtain the minimum tools and equipment listed to be able to successfully complete coursework and performance assessments in the welding lab.

  • Safety glasses
  • Welders gloves MIG and TIG
  • Chipping hammer
  • Welding beanie
  • 8-way welder pliers
  • Soapstone holder
  • Triple flint spark lighter
  • Tape measure
  • Weld fillet gauge
  • Mag tool
  • Material handling gloves
  • Backhand pad
  • Tool bag
  • Welder pencils
  • Auto darkening helmet
  • Lens cover
  • Welding jacket

What You'll Learn

  • Learn the basics of cutting, forming and joining common manufacturing materials.
  • Use a variety of manual and programmable equipment, techniques and processes.
  • Develop your technical knowledge of blueprint reading, layout metal fabrication, welding and inspection.
  • Get hands-on training to learn fundamental concepts of safety, measurement, layout, forming, joining, assembly, finishing and production.
  • Perform industry standard welding processes.
  • Produce fabricated assemblies and detailed drawings that conform to industry quality-control methods and standards.

Your Potential Careers

  • Steel Fabricator
  • Welder
  • Structural Steel Fitter
  • Metal Layout/Designer
  • Robotic Welding Operator
  • Automated Equipment Operator

Median Annual Salary

$41,119 $42,520 $40,905
Local State National

EMSI 2020.1

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