Anoka Technical College offers multiple options in Welding education. The Welding program consists of hands-on technical courses, specifically designed to develop exceptional welding skills utilizing the major welding processes that are vital to industry.

The degree program offers a balance of general education courses to complement the welding courses to provide students with opportunity to capitalize on a broad-based welding education and advance in their careers.

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High demand compared to other careers in Minnesota

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Potential Jobs:

  • Welder
  • Fabricator
  • Maintenance Welder

Salary Information:
Median Wage: $21.45
Top Earners: $31.02

Information provided is for Minnesota. See current data at careerwise.minnstate.edu.

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The Anoka Technical College Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Welding is a 66-credit program designed for individuals seeking a well-rounded welding background. The Welding program consists of technical courses, specifically designed to develop exceptional welding skills utilizing the major welding processes that are vital to industry.

The technical courses are broken out into semester-long certificates to provide quick access into a welding career. The degree program also offers a balance of general education courses to complement the welding courses and to provide students with opportunity to capitalize on a broad-based welding education.

This program requires students to go full-time. Each semester students are required to take all courses.

  1. Students will weld to visual acceptance criteria per applicable American Welding Society standards in Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, and the shielded Metal Arc Welding process.
  2. Students will prepare weld joints and perform welding operations using welding symbols information.
  3. Students will follow established procedures and policies regarding personal protective gear, shop safety and welding equipment.
  4. Students will visually examine all work for discontinuities and defects with knowledge of industry specification.
  5. Students will work in a team environment and accept constructive criticism.
  6. Students will operate safely and proficiently using Oxy-fuel, Plasma, and Carbon Air Arc equipment.
  7. Students will demonstrate the ability to weld to entry level standard per American Welding Society on carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum.

The diversification of the welding industry impacts virtually every industry around the globe. From the depth of the world’s oceans to the far-reaching corners of outer space, there is a welding position for every hardworking, ambitious, smart individual who is ready and willing to constantly improve and striving for excellence.

A career choice in welding offers a vast array of options for employment and continuing personal development. Welding is the most common way to permanently join metal parts. Heat is applied to the pieces that are being joined; melting and fusing them together which forms a permanent bond.

Therefore, welding plays a key role in industry production lines, laboratories, research and development, national defense, sales and service, NASCAR and drag racing, custom motorcycle building, artwork, sculptures, pipelines, power plants, refineries, construction, maintenance, repair and much more.

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

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The Welding program not only provides students with a thorough background in welding and related theory, but also prepares students with the knowledge and skills needed to take three national certification examinations:

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers certification examination;
  • American Petroleum Institute certification examination; and
  • American Welding Society’s Welding Code certification examination.

Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.

MnTC General Education Requirements

This program requires completion of the following fifteen credits of general education from at least three goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Refer to the MnTC course list for elective courses:

Course Number Course Title Credits
MATH 1500  Mathematical Ideas (Goal 4)  3
 MnTC Electives   12

Program Sequence

First Semester (Basic Welding Certificate)  17
 WELD 1002  Math for Welders
1
 WELD 1004  Oxy-Fuel Applications
1
 WELD 1006  Oxy-Fuel Processes
1
 WELD 1008 Blueprint Reading I
2
 WELD 1012  Processes and Power Sources I
3
 WELD 1014  Gas Tungsten Arc Welding I
3
 WELD 1016  Gas Metal Arc Welding I
3
 WELD 1018  Shielded Metal Arc Welding I
3
Second Semester (Welding Technology Diploma) 17
 WELD 1022  Blueprint Reading II
3
 WELD 1024  Metal Theory I
2
 WELD 1026  Processes and Power Sources II
3
 WELD 1028  Gas Tungsten Arc Welding II
3
 WELD 1034  Gas Metal Arc Welding II
3
 WELD 1036  Shielded Metal Arc Welding II
3
Third Semester (Welding Fabricator Certificate) 17
WELD 1209  Basic Pipe Welding
3
 WELD 2000  Basic Pip Layout
5
 WELD 2004  Metals Theory II
3
 WELD 2006  Welding Code Interpretation
2
 WELD 2008  Blueprint Reading III
4
Fourth Semester 15
MATH 1500 Mathematical Ideas 3
MnTC Electives   12

Students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for graduation from this program.

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Students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for graduation from this program.

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Anoka Technical College offers multiple options in Welding education. The Welding program consists of hands-on technical courses, specifically designed to develop exceptional welding skills utilizing the major welding processes that are vital to industry.

Nationallyaccredited Blk

Prepares students for AWS Certification

Advancement Blk

High demand compared to other careers in Minnesota

Handsoneducation Blk

Hands-on training from industry experts

Potential Jobs:

  • Welder
  • Fabricator
  • Maintenance Welder

Salary Information:
Median Wage: $21.45
Top Earners: $31.02

Information provided is for Minnesota. See current data at careerwise.minnstate.edu.

Program Details

Program Details (pdf)

The Anoka Technical College Welding Technology diploma is a 34-credit program (the 34 total credits include 17 credits from the Basic Welding certificate) specifically designed to develop exceptional welding skills utilizing the major welding processes that are vital to industry.

The Welding Technology diploma integrates theory with technical skills. Through the rigorous curriculum, students will develop fundamental knowledge of GMAW, GTAW, SMAW and Oxy fuel welding processes. Blueprint and math ability are incorporated in the coursework. Students will also learn metal comprehension, industry safety practices and related equipment applications.

This program requires students to go full-time each semester students are required to take all courses.

  1. Students will weld to visual acceptance criteria per applicable American Welding Society standards in Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding and the Shielded Metal Arc Welding process.
  2. Students will prepare weld joints and perform welding operations using welding symbol information.
  3. Students will follow established procedures and policies regarding personal protective gear, shop safety and welding equipment.
  4. Students will visually examine all work for discontinuities and defects with the knowledge of industry specification.
  5. Students will work in a team environment and accept constructive criticism.
  6. Students will operate safely and proficiently using Oxy-fuel, Plasma and Carbon Air Arc equipment.
  7. Students will demonstrate the ability to weld to entry level standard per American Welding Society on carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum

The diversification of the welding industry impacts virtually every industry around the globe. From the depth of the world’s oceans to the far-reaching corners of outer space, there is a welding position for every hardworking, ambitious, smart individual who is ready and willing to constantly improve and striving for excellence.

A career choice in welding offers a vast array of options for employment and continuing personal development. Welding is the most common way to permanently join metal parts. Heat is applied to the pieces that are being joined; melting and fusing them together which forms a permanent bond.

Therefore, welding plays a key role in industry production lines, laboratories, research and development, national defense, sales and service, NASCAR and drag racing, custom motorcycle building, artwork, sculptures, pipelines, power plants, refineries, construction, maintenance, repair and much more.

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

The Welding program not only provides students with a thorough background in welding and related theory, but also prepares students with the knowledge and skills needed to take three national certification examinations:

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers certification examination

Program Sequence

First Semester (Basic Welding Certificate)  17
 WELD 1002  Math for Welders
1
 WELD 1004  Oxy-Fuel Applications
1
 WELD 1006  Oxy-Fuel Processes
1
 WELD 1008
Blueprint Reading I
2
 WELD 1012  Processes and Power Sources I
3
 WELD 1014  Gas Tungsten Arc Welding I
3
 WELD 1016
 Gas Metal Arc Welding I
3
 WELD 1018  Shielded Metal Arc Welding I
3
Second Semester (Welding Technology Diploma) 17
WELD 1022      Blueprint Reading II  3
 WELD 1024  Metals Theory I  2
 WELD 1026  Processes and Power Sources II  3
 WELD 1028  Gas Tungsten Arc Welding II  3
 WELD 1034  Gas Metal Arc Welding II  3
 WELD 1036  Shielded Metal Arc Welding II  3

Students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for graduation from this program.

Pipe Welder
Certificate

Robotic and Laser Welding
AAS degree, Certificate

Welding Fabricator
Certificate

Faculty

Enrollment Services
EnrollmentServices@no1-lovebaby.com
763-576-7710

Current Students

register for classes

Students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for graduation from this program.

Apply to Graduate

The Anoka Technical College Basic Welding certificate is a 17-credit program designed for individuals seeking a well-rounded foundation in welding. The Basic Welding certificate is designed for individuals who want quick access into the welding careers.

This program requires students to go full-time each semester students are required to take all courses.

Nationallyaccredited Blk

Prepares students for AWS Certification

Advancement Blk

High demand compared to other careers in Minnesota

Handsoneducation Blk

Hands-on training from industry experts

Potential Jobs:

  • Welder
  • Fabricator
  • Maintenance Welder

Salary Information:
Median Wage: $21.45
Top Earners: $31.02

Information provided is for Minnesota. See current data at careerwise.minnstate.edu.

Program Details

Program Details (pdf)

The Anoka Technical College Basic Welding certificate is a 17-credit program designed for individuals seeking a well-rounded foundation in welding. The Basic Welding certificate is designed for individuals who want quick access into the welding careers.

This program requires students to go full-time each semester students are required to take all courses.

  • Students will weld to visual acceptance criteria per applicable American Welding Society standards in Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding and the Shielded Metal Arc Welding process.
  • Students will prepare weld joints and perform welding operations using welding symbol information.
  • Students will follow established procedures and policies regarding personal protective gear, shop safety and welding equipment.
  • Students will visually examine all work for discontinuities and defects with the knowledge of industry specification

The diversification of the welding industry impacts virtually every industry around the globe. From the depth of the world’s oceans to the far-reaching corners of outer space, there is a welding position for every hardworking, ambitious, smart individual who is ready and willing to constantly improve and striving for excellence.

A career choice in welding offers a vast array of options for employment and continuing personal development. Welding is the most common way to permanently join metal parts. Heat is applied to the pieces that are being joined; melting and fusing them together which forms a permanent bond.

Therefore, welding plays a key role in industry production lines, laboratories, research and development, national defense, sales and service, NASCAR and drag racing, custom motorcycle building, artwork, sculptures, pipelines, power plants, refineries, construction, maintenance, repair and much more.

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Take a self-guided virtual tour of our campus to see what it's like to be a student at Anoka Tech. View program labs, common student spaces, campus offices and more. 

Virtual Tour

The Basic Welding certificate is designed to be completed in one semester with day and evening options.

Program Sequence

First Semester 17
 WELD 1002  Math for Welders
1
 WELD 1004  Oxy-Fuel Applications
1
 WELD 1006  Oxy-Fuel Processes
1
 WELD 1008  Blueprint Reading I
2
 WELD 1012  Processes and Power Sources I
3
 WELD 1014  Gas Tungsten Arc Welding I
3
 WELD 1016   Gas Metal Arc Welding I
3
 WELD 1018  Shielded Metal Arc Welding I
3

Students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for graduation from this program.

Faculty

Enrollment Services
EnrollmentServices@no1-lovebaby.com
763-576-7710

Current Students

register for classes

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, diploma or certification must meet the Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Please contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.

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