Welding Technology

Welding Technology

Program Overview

Awards/Outcomes Credits Location
 Welding Technology - Diploma 36 cr. Rosemount

Major Description

The Welding Program offers a variety of training in different welding processes specific to our trade. Students will gain knowledge through theory in class and hands on experience in the welding lab. The major topics and welding processes will be covered in this nine-month course to ready the student for entry level positions in the industry. Subjects that are covered include: Shielded Metal Arc, Gas Metal Arc, Flux Cored Arc, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Processes Oxy/Fuel, Plasma Arc, Carbon Air Arc Cutting and Gouging Processes. Students will work with a variety of metals which include: Steel, Stainless Steel, and Aluminum. Shop Fabrication, Blueprint Reading, Math, Visual Inspection, Safety are covered in the curriculum.

Welding Technology Advisor & Instructors
Susan Kingsbury
Susan Kingsbury
Enrollment Advisor
susan.kingsbury@dctc.edu
651-423-8537
BIO
Bruce Hartung
Bruce Hartung
Portrait Placeholder
Timothy Felch
tim.felch@dctc.edu
651-423-8314
BIO
See yourself in the Welding Technology Program at DCTC!

Program Costs*

Welding Technology
  Welding Technology
Diploma – 36 credits
Tuition $178.95/cr.
Fees $21.45/cr.
Tools/Equipment $800
Textbooks $175
Grand Total $8,189.40

Put Your Tuition on Ice!

That's right. Tuition will remain the same for the next two years, making your degree even more affordable. Learn more about the tuition freeze.

Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, Dakota County Technical College and the DCTC Foundation make more than $200,000 in scholarships available to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

Work-Study & Student Worker Positions

Students looking for ways to help finance their college education can find part-time jobs on campus with various DCTC departments and programs. Deliver your completed Work-Study Application to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and search for openings at College Central Network Services. For more information, you can review Work Study Procedure.

Financial Aid

Step 1: Apply now for financial aid. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
DCTC's Federal School Code: 010402

Step 2: After receiving an official award letter from DCTC, you may apply online for a Federal Stafford Student Loan. Visit the Loans page for more information.

Financial Aid Inforgraphic
See yourself in the Welding Technology Program at DCTC!

Employment

Welding Technology

Work Environment

Welders with the ability to fabricate and weld metal products from blueprints are needed in great demand in a wide range of industries. Working careers in industry consist of three major areas: Manufacturing, Construction, and Repair.

Job Outlook

According to ISEEK, Minnesota's career, education and job resource, employment for welders is expected to grow 18 percent in Minnesota by the year 2020. ISEEK: "There will be a need for about 3,490 new Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers to meet market demand between 2010-2020. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth."

Salary Data

Potential Job Titles

  • Welder
  • Welding Assembly Technician
  • Machine Operator
  • Spot Welder
  • Braze Operator
  • Fitter-Welder
  • Robot Operator
  • Fabricator
  • Finishing Technician

Gainful Employment Reports

See yourself in the Welding Technology Program at DCTC!

Transfer Options

Welding Technology

Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more colleges and universities to accept credits in transfer toward a specific academic program. DCTC has articulation agreements in place for this program with the following schools:

Transfer To Degree Major Offered  
Minnesota State University Moorhead BS Operations Management View

Transfer Resources

TransferologyDo you want to see how your courses transfer to programs at participating colleges and universities? Add the coursework you've taken and use Transferology to find out how it might transfer to any of the participating schools in the Transferology network. Get an account and create a plan now!

 

Minnesota Transfer.orgMN Transfer.org Your official guide to a seamless transfer experience in Minnesota Higher Education.

Transferring to DCTC?

Whether you're a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or an international student or transferring from high school or a four-year university, DCTC will help you through the process. Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

See yourself in the Welding Technology Program at DCTC!

News & Events

Welding Technology

The Welding Technology program at DCTC is active throughout the year and makes headlines in college publications. Read about student field trips and competitions as well as the accomplishments of our welding technology instructors.

Welding Technology News

Welding Technology Events

See yourself in the Welding Technology Program at DCTC!

Clubs & Organizations

Welding Technology

As a student in DCTC's Welding Technology program, you have many opportunities to make connections in the welding industry through your involvement in professional clubs and organizations.

Student Clubs and Organizations

DCTC features active, industry-relevant clubs for Welding Technology students right on campus. Getting involved in these clubs allows you to make the most of your college experience and gives you an edge when seeking employment. The following clubs are open to all welding students:

Innovative Engineers
The Innovative Engineers (IE) chapter at DCTC came about as a partnership with the University of Minnesota. Students in IE can apply their technical education to develop innovative solutions to global issues in third-world communities. IE built and tested a 1kW wind turbine on campus that can be used in communities both here and abroad to teach students how to design and build renewable energy technologies using local resources.

SkillsUSA
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization for students at community and technical colleges across the U.S. The organization focuses on students in academic programs that lead to careers in the trade, industrial, technical and health care fields. Nearly 100 SkillsUSA competitions at the state and national levels relate to leadership skills or programs of study at DCTC.

In 2012, DCTC fielded four national champions at the SkillsUSA National Championships at the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo. For more information about the competition, read "Students Dominate SkillsUSA Championships" in Real Magazine, a DCTC publication.

In 2013, DCTC fielded 17 students at the nationals who ranked in the top 15 in the nation. For more information about the competition, read "DCTC Students Rock at SkillsUSA Nationals" on DCTC News.

For a complete list of extra curricular opportunities at DCTC, visit our Campus Life page.