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Program Requirements

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Enrollment
Full-time enrollment is required.

Supply Costs
Estimated cost for student supplies is $300 – $650. A detailed tool list with an approximate cost breakdown is available from the advisor.

Additional Requirements/Recommendations
Physical requirements include good eyesight, good hand and eye coordination and the ability to perform heavy, physical work. 

Welding can be both physically and mentally demanding. Students will be expected to lift heavy materials and equipment from time to time. Students must be able to stand for long durations. Welding can also get very hot, so students must be prepared to work in very warm conditions.  

Career Information

Potential Employers

With the skillset you’ll develop and the close ties to industry and trades, you can choose from multiple career pathways.

As a welder in manufacturing, the jobs vary greatly by employer and may include: welding aluminum signs, structural beams for buildings and bridges, sheet metal products, architectural components, aerospace assemblies, and so much more. There are so many different opportunities.

Some students may use their acquired welding skills to advance their careers through a trade union apprenticeship. Common Union pathways for our students include:

Pipefitting (https://local455.com)

Sheet metal (http://smw10.org)

Ironworker (http://ironworkers512.com)

Transfer Pathways

​Saint Paul College has transfer articulation agreements between the following program and post-secondary institution for the baccalaureate degree programs listed below. 

For more information please go to ​www.saintpaul.edu/Transfer.​​

Welding Technology Diploma

  • BS Operations Management, Minnesota State University-Moorhead

Additional Benefits

  • Learn from experienced instructors who teach in a hands on environment.
  • Graduates of OUR Welding program enjoy a sound reputation with employers leading to immediate employment opportunities.
  • Many students use their skills on the side to earn additional income