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Welding and Metal Fabrication

What it is


Long considered an art form, metalworking is a hands-on creative learning experience where you solve problems with your mind and body. Minneapolis College's Welding and Metal Fabrication program provides you with the technical knowledge and hands-on skills needed to gain entry-level employment in manufacturing, construction and various other industries.


  • The Welding and Metal Fabrication program offers a short-term 27-credit Welding certificate, which can be completed in just one year through either day or evening classes. Additionally, students have the opportunity to pursue a diploma or an A.A.S. degree in Welding and Metal Fabrication.
  • Small class sizes provide lots of one-on-on attention from instructors and hands-on learning experiences.
  • Minneapolis College's Welding and Metal Fabrication program is an excellent stepping-stone for further education in the manufacturing and engineering fields with the capacity for advancement.
  • Welder certifications are available to students in multiple processes to American Welding Society Standards.
  • Students participate in Behind the Mask and Skills USA welding competitions each year.
  • American Welding Society scholarships are available.
  • The program encourages creativity; you plan and fabricate your own projects for course credit.

Award Requirements and Course Descriptions & Outlines

Please select the award below to view the degree options and requirements in the college catalog.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Perform welder qualification tests to industry standards.
  2. Understand and safely utilize arc welding equipment and be able to perform SMAW, GMAW-S, GMAW-Spray transfer and GMAW-P, FCAW-S, FCAW-G and GTAW to industry standards.
  3. Understand and safely utilize manual and automated shop fabrication equipment and be able to use tools and equipment to fabricate parts.
  4. Interpret blueprints and welding symbols.
  5. Perform basic math and geometry, understand measurement fundamentals and be able to read measuring instruments including tape measures, machinists rule, caliper, squares and micrometers.
  6. Understand safety related to Oxy/Acetylene equipment and be able to perform BW and OFC-A and PAC.