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Manufacturing Welding Technician


Career Description
Skilled welding, soldering, and brazing workers generally plan work from drawings or specifications, or they use their knowledge of fluxes and base metals to analyze the parts to be joined. Highly skilled welders work with a wide variety of materials in addition to steel, such as titanium, aluminum, or plastics.

Program Information
Students in the Manufacturing Welding Technician Diploma Program will earn credits at both the Brainerd and Staples campuses. Courses in blueprint reading, shop mathematics, and mechanical drawing are among the essential requirements for obtaining skills sought by employers. Central Lakes College offers a comprehensive foundation to get you started as a technician suited to work in any industrial plant where precision, efficiency, and safety are valued. Instruction takes place in a well-equipped shop for a hands-on, practical experience.

Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates will be able to:
1. Read and interpret a mechanical and fabrication design and working drawing
2. Perform precision measurement, layout, drilling, sawing, cutting, welding, turning, milling, and precision grinding safely
3. Program, setup and operate a computer numerical control (CNC) turning center and machining center
4. Identify proper welding consumables and fluxes for a selected process
5. Perform a variety of welding processes using appropriate equipment and setup procedures and for GMAW, SMAW, GTAW, and OAW
6. Apply principles of basic welding fundamentals, symbols, blueprints and welding metallurgy
7. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills

The Machine Tool Technology Program at CLC received official designation as a National Institute for Metalworking Skills Accredited Training in 2002.

Job opportunities and advancement can be enhanced be becoming certified in a particular machining skill. The National Institute for Metalworking Skills has developed standards for machine setters, operators, and metal tenders. After taking a course approved by the organization and passing a written exam and performance requirement, the worker is issued a credential that signifies competence in a specific machining operation.

Employment Opportunities
Job prospects should be excellent over the next ten years as employers report difficulty finding enough qualified people. In addition, many openings are expected to arise as a large number of workers retire over the next decade. The construction industry is expected to have solid growth over the next decade and an increasing demand for welders. Government funding for shipbuilding as well as for infrastructure repairs and improvements are expected to generate additional welding jobs.


manufacturing welding tech

Gainful Employment

First Year - Brainerd Courses
First Semester
MASE 1109 Trade & Industry Math (2cr)
and WELD 1350  Open Lab  (1cr)
***MATH 1500 Applied Math  (3cr)
WELD 1100 Intro to Welding (2cr)
WELD 1101 Shielded Metal ARC Welding (4cr)
WELD 1109 Shearing, Punching & Cutting Systems (1cr)
WELD 1111 Blueprint Reading (2cr)
General Education (3cr)
Total 15 Credits

Second Semester
MASE 1106 Intro to Electronics (2cr)
WELD 1115 Gas Tungsten ARC Welding (4cr)
WELD 1128* Metal Fabrication (4cr)
WELD 1130* Advanced Welding Processes (4cr)
WELD 1140 Trade Knowledge (2cr)
General Education (3cr)
Total 19 Credits

Second Year - Staples Courses
First Semester

 RAST 1120 Intro to Engineering Graphics (2cr)
or MTRD 1120 Intro to Engineering Graphics (2cr)
MTRD 1160 CNC Setup and Operation (4cr) 
MTRD 1215 Intro to Milling Operations (3cr)
MTRD 1221 Intro to Lathe Operations (2cr)
MTRD 1265 CNC Programming and Process Planning (2cr)
RAST 1110 Intro to Manufacturing (2cr)
Total 15 Credits

Second Semester
RAST 2150 Introduction to Robot Operations (2cr)
MTRD 2160 CAD/CAM (3cr)
MTRD 2162 Workholding and Fixturing (3cr) 
MTRD 2221 CNC Milling Operations (5cr)
MTRD 2223 CNC Turning Operations (2cr)
Total 15 Credits


*Denotes Prerequisites
*** Math class is determined by First Semester Emphasis (i.e., Machine Trades or Welding) If 1109 is taken student must take 1 credit of open lab (WELD 1350).


Last Updated: 8/22/12