Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Welding Technology

Put together new employment options.


Fire up your career in 9 short months with a diploma in welding technology.

As a skilled welder, you'll enjoy a career where every day is different -- and you'll be paid very well for your efforts! Employers in Southeast Minnesota and nearby Wisconsin are looking for people with welding skills. Statewide, the need for welders is expected to increase by 7% between 2016-2026. The median salary in Minnesota is about $42,000 but experienced welders can make much more.

From day one in Welding Technology at MSC Southeast in Winona, you'll be getting hands-on experience in the welding shop. The program begins with training in safety and the proper handling of tools and shop supplies. Over the course of the year, our students become skilled in several welding and cutting processes in a variety of positions, including:

  • (OFW) oxy-fuel welding and cutting
  • (SMAW) stick welding
  • (GMAW) mig welding
  • (GTAW) tig welding

Students also learn the proper set up and selection of welding equipment and how to read and perform duties from weld shop blueprints. Since quality is critical, you'll also learn how to inspect your welds to meet today's standards and specifications.

All students must complete a welding capstone, designing a project from concept on through completion. Plus, there's an option to take an elective on-the-job internship, which can help with finding future employment.

Finally, you'll gain the skill to properly set up, complete, and pass a welding bend test to AWS (American Welding Society) D1.1 standards. With your diploma and this credential, you'll have the skills needed to enter today's welding workforce.

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Major Offerings

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Outcomes & Opportunities

Program Learning Outcomes

Program graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate safety in the weld shop.
  2. Read weld shop blueprints.
  3. Identify the correct weld procedures.
  4. Demonstrate the proper use of machines and equipment.
  5. Properly inspect welds.
  6. Pass a welding bend test to AWS D1.1 standards.
  7. Demonstrate workplace reliability and attendance.

Welding Technology Job Placement: 100%

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Career Opportunities

  • Production manufacturing welder
  • Structural design welder
  • Custom fabrication
  • Specialized welding machine operator
  • Cutter, pipe fitter
  • Construction welding
  • Heavy equipment welder
  • And much more!

Transfer Credits

Expand your opportunities. Learn how your credits can transfer to other colleges and universities.

College Articulated Transfer Agreements: Specific agreements between MSC Southeast and other institutions to accept transfer credits.
Minnesota Transfer: Transfer information provided by Minnesota State colleges and universities, Minnesota private colleges, and the University of Minnesota.
Transferology: A nationwide network to assist students in determining which courses will transfer.

Highlights & Instructors

Program Highlights

  • Safety first! Learn correct use of personal safety equipment and apparel and how to protect against injury
  • Get hands-on experience in the welding lab from day one
  • Learn a wide range of welding processes needed by today's employers
  • Rigorous classroom standards will prepare you for employer expectations


  • Casey Mann is a 1982 graduate of Winona Technical College (now Minnesota State College Southeast). Prior to becoming an instructor at MSC Southeast in 2003, he had 27 years of experience in family-owned shops, large scale fabrication shops, and road crews. Casey has project management experience on multi-million dollar projects that have been shipped throughout the world.

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