Technical Diploma

Learn welding at your own pace, through hands-on learning, and with your instructor and success coach to guide you. The Welding program is designed to give students entry-level skills required in fabrication, construction, maintenance and other metal working industries. You'll also experience robotic welding, computerized cutting, safe overhead crane operation, and will learn blueprint reading, layout and fabrication techniques, and math and communication skills.

Requirements for welder certification will be explained, and simulated certification tests will be offered. Upon successfully completing the program, you'll have the skills needed to take a welding certification test or job-entry performance test.

welding instructor showing students how to make a weld
welding student performing weld
welding instructor with student at robotic welder
Man welding

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

  • Demonstrate industry-recognized safety practices
  • Interpret welding drawings
  • Produce Gas Metal Arc Welds (GMAW)
  • Produce shielded metal arc welds (SMAW)
  • Produce flux core welds
  • Produce gas tungsten arc welds (GTAW)
  • Perform cutting operations

Your Potential Careers

  • Production Welder
  • Maintenance Welder
  • Job Shop Layout Welder
  • Welding Sales and Service
  • Self-employment

Median Annual Salary

$39,106 $42,134 $40,889
Local State National

EMSI 2020.1

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Gainful Employment Disclosure

This program is designed to be completed in 1 year.
This program will cost $6,913.00 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.
Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $5,444.00 of debt.
The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Wisconsin
For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/search/?name=Nicolet%20Area%20Technical%20College&sort=salary:desc