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Welding Technology

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The 30-credit Welding Technology certificate provides a foundational welding education for students interested in an advanced welding career.  This certificate contains foundational courses that make-up the 360° eTECH 15-credit Production Technologies certificate, in addition to 15 credits of specialized instruction.

This certificate will cover production and welding technologies. Students will engage in topics of technical mathematics, introductory computer skills, print interpretation, manufacturing processes, quality control, maintenance, and safety. Along with the core knowledge provided by the production technologies courses, you can expect to be engaged in topics of welding print reading and interpreting symbols, following welding procedures, safety, metallurgy and mechanical properties of materials, and hands on experience with specific welding processes including oxyacetylene cutting and welding, shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, flux core arc welding, and gas tungsten arc welding.

Graduates can expect to find full-time employment in production work, manufacturing, repair & maintenance, and the construction industry. Possible job titles could include Welder, MIG Welder, Sub Arc Operator, Fabricator, Maintenance Welder, Manufacturing Welding Technician, Welder Assembler or Advanced Welding Technician.
The employment outlook for graduates of the Welding Technology certificate is excellent. Nationally we must produce at least another 30,000 (almost 4,000 in Minnesota alone) welding professionals per year just to address the projected new and replacement worker needs between now and 2019.
In Minnesota, welders can expect to earn an average wage of around $19 per hour, even higher in some cases, depending on position and level of experience.

Earning a Welding Technology certificate would allow you to work as a Manufacturing Welding Technician, a Welding Technician, and an Advanced Welding Technician.

MSSC Certification:

Students completing the Welding Technology certificate will have gained the knowledge required to pass the MSSC full-certified Production Technician Certification.

NTC (360° eTECH) does not award the MSSC Certification. Students earning an NTC (360° eTECH) Certificate will need to locate the nearest MSSC Certified Assessment Center to arrange testing for the MSSC Certification.

The nationwide Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC), based upon industry-defined and federally-endorsed national standards, offers both entry-level and incumbent workers the opportunity to demonstrate that they have acquired the skills increasingly needed in the high-growth, technology-intensive jobs of the 21st century. The MSSC System awards certificates to individuals who pass any of its four Production modules:

  • Safety
  • Quality Practices & Measurement
  • Manufacturing Processes & Production
  • Maintenance Awareness

and a full Certified Production Technician (CPT) Certification to those who pass all four.

A sample of businesses that recognize the MSSC Certification include:

  • Harley-Davidson
  • Cummins
  • Dow Chemical
  • Arctic Cat
  • ITW/Heartland
  • Toro
  • Steelcase


See more about careers in the advanced welding industry.

Next steps

The 30-credit Welding Technologist Certificate contains foundational advanced manufacturing courses as well as specialized courses, and is one of four in the 360° eTECH offering:

Production Technologies (15 credits)

Automation Technologies (30 credits)

Machine Technologist (30 credits)

Welding Technology (30 credits)

360° eTECH

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