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Welding Technology Diploma
Welding Technology Certificate

Program Overview

Welding skills are used in many different industries, providing a variety of career pathways. ​

Saint Paul College's Welding Diploma program will teach you some of the most commonly used techniques used in welding today. Our goal is to prepare you for jobs in the welding industry. To become a successful welder you'll need both the theoretical foundation as well as related hands-on activities every day. Applying shop safety concepts and blueprint reading skills in metal working projects will help you excel as a student and throughout your career. We have more than eighty booths in our welding lab, equipped with welding machines that are capable of MIG, TIG, and SMAW welding processes on various metals, such as mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum.

Welders are often required to create products for the industry in which they work​, by performing fabrication duties such as operating metal shears, press brakes, grinders, torches, and even CNC equipment that will shape, cut, an​d bend metals. You'll gain fabrication skills through hands-on experience with various projects. 

Welding fabrication is widely used in aircraft, automobile, trucking, shipbuilding, pipefitting, plumbing, sheetmetal, ironworking and other trades that use metals. Skilled welders may become layout specialists, engineers, technicians, supervisors, Certified Welding Inspectors or private shop owners. ​ ​

Program Delivery Methods
Traditional in-class and hands-on training in state-of-the-art labs on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN​

Program Highlights

  • ​Operate state-of-the-art welding equipment used in today's fabrication industry. 
  • Interpret blueprints and specifications with layouts. 
  • Develop proficiency in grinding, finishing and preparation of welds to American Welding Society (AWS) standards. 
  • Use CNC/NC plasma cutting, press break and robotic fabrication equipment in today's shops. 
  • Operate oxy/fuel, brazing, and cutting operations required by skilled welders. 
  • Practice oxyacetylene welding and cutting, shielded metal, gas metal, gas tungsten arc welding and plasma arc welding, plasma arc cutting, flux core arc welding and submerged arc welding techniques.

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