Why Choose Welding and Fabrication A.A.S. Degree at CLC?
• The welding program is 90% hands-on with real welding experience.
• Our welding facility is one of the best in the state.
• 100% industry directed program curriculum.
• Use the American Welding Society SENSE program for student to earn entry level welding certificate (industry recognized)
• Very strong program related placement for graduates in thriving industry.
• Instructors have a strong background in welding, including car and snowmobile racing.
• Advanced welding processes incorporated in the program, including automated processes.
David Otto is a 2001 graduate with a Welding and Manufacturing Diploma from CLC. David worked for Graphics Packaging INC. in Crosby, MN as a welder, machinist, and assembler, fabricating large automated packaging machines. David then followed his passion for snowmobiles and racing while working as a chief mechanic on the factory Arctic Cat professional snowmobile race team in Thief River Falls, MN He also worked for Carlson Motorsports in Elk River, MN as chief mechanic for their race team until 2013. David also maintains his own fabrication shop at home. He started teaching at CLC in the Fall of 2013. Email David for more information
Paul Jillson is a 1997 graduate with a Welding and Fabrication Diploma from CLC. Paul worked for Dane Engineering as the Foreman of the welding/fabrication department. Dane Engineering is a leading manufacturer of automated industrial equipment. Paul has a strong passion for the industrial arts and brings many years of experience to the program. He specializes in the state of the art Pulsed Mig welding process and CNC plasma/oxy-fuel cutting. Email Paul for more information
Fort Worth, TX
GE Locomotive Technology Welder, Cab Assembly Team CLC Welding and Fabrication Grad 2013
The Welding and Fabrication program at Central Lakes College is great! When I started the welding program I had no experience in welding, and I was a little unsure if was right for me. After a short time I realized that I had no need to worry. The instructors were great, and if I needed help or had any questions, they were always willing to help me. The classes were very informational, and there was a good mixture of classroom and hands-on applications. The successful completion of the program equips and prepares you for today’s job market.
Current Student, CLC Welding & Fabrication
I chose Central Lakes College welding program over many other similar programs because I felt I was going to receive the biggest bang for my buck! I have looked at many other schools all over the country, but they all seemed to be lacking in areas that CLC excelled. My selection was also based on the fact that the welding program offered accredited training certificates above my diploma and AAS degree. And the cost was far less than other tech schools. During my first semester I began to realize how much students are encouraged to utilize their time and excel at their own pace. The staff is very supportive and it feels like a family based program. I have come to love CLC because of the atmosphere, staff, and opportunities available to me as a student. The program is about 80% hands-on and we were welding the first day of class. I have not seen that at other schools. If you are looking for a school with a comfortable and relaxed learning environment and excellent hands on welding program, CLC Welding & Fabrication is the program for you!