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why choose welding?

  • welding is everywhere. anything made of metal can be welded—from cars and motorcycles to ships and space stations, from solar panels to skyscrapers.
  • today, welding is an increasingly technical field, even becoming a high-tech skill and only growing in relevance and demand.
  • students who like designing and building with metal will find a variety of career opportunities in welding, especially related to materials engineering, robotics, lasers, computer programming, and systems integration.
welding is everywhere. anything made of metal can be welded—from cars and motorcycles to ships and space stations, from solar panels to skyscrapers. although its roots are ancient, welding is only growing in relevance and demand.

program locations

wisconsin rapids campus
500 32nd street north
wisconsin rapids, wisconsin 54494

what you'll learn

the welding program at mid-state prepares graduates for a wide variety of welding jobs in production, maintenance, construction, manufacturing, and servicing industries.

you will receive hands-on instruction and practice in a number of welding processes, including shielded metal arc, gas tungsten arc, gas metal arc, submerged arc, oxyacetylene cutting and brazing, plasma arc, and arc-air cutting. you will also become familiar with various types of metals, fabrication of metals, and welding under industry codes. successful completion of this program prepares you to take welding certification tests.

mid-state's welding program courses prepare students for numerous state and national certifications. none is required to complete the program; there are additional costs for testing/certification. the college does not guarantee its curriculum matches the requirements for preparation, examinations, or licensure for other states.

estimated entire program cost

cost based on the 2020/2021 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $6,252.09
  • books: $677.85
  • supplies, uniforms, and/or exams: $270.00
  • total estimated cost: $7,199.94

financial aid eligibility

this program is eligible for full financial aid.

term: 1
catalog# title credits
10442117 welding fundamentals 1 1.00
10442110 gas metal arc welding (gmaw) 3.00
10442130 shielded metal arc welding (smaw) 2.00
10442132 metal cutting welding 2.00
10442112 welding print reading 2.00
10442101 basic gtaw (tig) 2.00
  • college mathematics 3.00
32420320 math for manufacturing 2.00
-or- 10804107 college mathematics 3.00
10462107 industrial safety 2.00
10442118 welding fundamentals 2 1.00
(17-18 credits)
term: 2
catalog# title credits
10623106 intro to autocad 1.00
10442159 welding metallurgy 2.00
10442111 intermediate gmaw/fcaw 3.00
10442163 weld inspections and testing 1.00
10442102 intermediate gtaw (tig) 2.00
10462132 machine shop fundamentals 3.00
  • welding fabrication techniques 2.00
10442103 advanced gtaw (tig) 2.00
-or- 10442115 welding fabrication techniques 2.00
10457119 fabrication fundamentals 1 1.00
10457120 fabrication fundamentals 2 1.00
(16 credits)
(33-34 credits)


russell moore, aas, bs

russell earned his bachelor’s degree from bellevue university and also has an associate degree in welding technology. he has over 25 years of experience working in the welding and metal fabrication industries along with eight years of postsecondary education experience.

“skilled welders are in very high demand around the world. i enjoy providing my students with the skills they need to gain employment and be successful in this rewarding career field.”

aaron wulk, cwi, cwe

aaron has worked in welding for 20 years. he maintains two certifications from the american welding society: certified welding inspector and certified welding educator. he also serves on a subcommittee for education with the central wisconsin metal manufacturers alliance (cwimma).

“i’m passionate about welding, and when i see students take an interest in it, i just want to push them to take pride in their workmanship and achieve the next level in their education.”


  • construction welder
  • fabricator
  • maintenance welder
  • mig welder
  • production welder
  • tig welder
  • welder


“the welding program at mid-state taught me the important skills, techniques, and values that make it possible for me to succeed in the welding and fabrication field."

logan mckenzie

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