Certificate — Welding Technology

This 30-credit certificate covers production and welding technologies as it prepares students to pursue advanced welding careers.

In addition to the core knowledge provided by the Production Technologies courses, students will study welding procedures, safety, metallurgy and mechanical properties of materials, as well as gaining hands-on experience with specific welding processes such as oxyacetylene cutting and welding and gas tungsten arc welding.

Students complete four courses that provide an opportunity to put their skills into practice, gaining employable welding skills through lab work.

This certificate contains foundational courses that make up the 360 eTECH 30-credit certificates (Automation Technologies, Machine Technologist and Welding Technology).



Graduates can expect to find full-time employment in production work, manufacturing, repair and maintenance and construction. Possible job titles include welder, MIG welder, sub arc operator and manufacturing welding technician.

The employment outlook for graduates of the Welding Technology certificate is excellent. Nationally, demand is estimated at 30,000 welding professionals per year, including almost 4,000 in Minnesota, just to address the projected new and replacement worker needs through 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.

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Next Steps

Students completing the Machine Technologist 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 and Measurement
  • Manufacturing Processes and Production
  • Maintenance Awareness

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

Businesses that recognize the MSSC Certification include:

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

College Readiness

A student may be required to enroll in college readiness courses in reading, writing and math. A student’s scores on the Accuplacer assessment will determine enrollment in college readiness courses. The purpose of college readiness courses is to prepare students for the demands of a college-level curriculum. Credits may vary.

Degree Requirements

Course # Course Name Credit
Required Courses
CMAE 1502 Technical Math 3
CMAE 1506 Introduction to Computers 2
CMAE 1510 Print Reading 2
CMAE 1514 Safety Awareness 2
CMAE 1518 Manufacturing Processes and Production 2
CMAE 1522 Quality Practices 2
CMAE 1526 Maintenance Awareness 2
CMAE 1560 Interpreting Symbols 2
CMAE 1562 Oxyfuel Welding 3
CMAE 1564 Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) 3
CMAE 1566 Gas Metal Arc Welding/Flux Cored Arc Welding 3
CMAE 1568 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 3
CMAE 1570 Metallurgy 1
Total Credits: 30

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