Welding Fabrication Technician

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Develop the skills you need to pursue a great career in welding fabrication. In this program, the learner will discover the wonderful world of welding and fabrication through the use of the three major electrical welding processes: Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW). Learners will weld in all positions preparing you for a career in many fields of work, including manufacturing, shipbuilding, custom fabrication and pipe welding. Learners will perfect their welding technique on mild steel, stainless steel and aluminum with a thickness range of 16 gauge up to one inch thick. Learners will perfect their weld quality techniques by using visual inspection and destructive testing. Throughout this program, the learner will apply math and print reading to today’s industry standards. In this technical diploma, learners will set up, program, and use metal cutting and forming equipment to produce steel fabrication to industry specifications. Learners will be introduced to Lean manufacturing by applying their welding and fabrication skills in an automated fabrication cell to include robotic welding.

Lakeshore is an accredited test facility for the American Welding Society. Learn more about our testing facility.

AWS Welding Certified

*Welding program course content prepares students for numerous state and national certifications.  None are 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.

Career Area
Technical Diploma
Program Number
  • Technical Diploma
  • 2 Terms 
  • 54 Credits
  • Financial Aid Eligible
  • Flexible Start Dates

Summer 2024 CBE Schedule

Fall 2024 CBE Schedule

CBE On Campus: Flexible lab/class instruction where you complete assessments at a personalized pace.

Summer Lab Availability: Monday and Tuesday, 7 AM - 5 PM.

Lab availability: Monday - Tuesday, 7 AM - 8 PM & Wednesday - Thursday, 7 AM - 3:30 PM.

Career Outlook

Welding Fabrication Technician

Median Income: $49,582.00*


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Assemble, install, alter, and repair pipelines or pipe systems that carry water, steam, air, or other liquids or gases. May install heating and cooling equipment and mechanical control systems. Includes sprinkler fitters.


Fabricate, position, align, and fit parts of structural metal products.



*Lightcast/EMSI data is a hybrid dataset derived from official government sources such as the US Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and Bureau of Labor Statistics. This salary data is from the Lakeshore District.


Work with Admissions Advisor to:

  • Submit Application
  • Complete the Student Success Questionnaire.
  • Schedule your First Time Program Counseling/Registration Session with your assigned program counselor to plan your first semester schedule, review your entire plan of study and discuss the results of the Student Success Questionnaire.

*Submit transcripts and test scores (optional, highly recommended): College transcripts, along with high school transcripts and test scores from within the last five years, used for course registration. Official transcripts needed for transferring college credit(s) and for financial aid purposes.

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CBE MemberCompetency-Based Education (CBE) is learning at your own pace by mastering competencies through demonstration. It is an academic model in which the time it takes to demonstrate competencies varies, while the expectations about learning are held constant. Students demonstrate mastery through multiple forms of assessment, often at a personalized pace. Once all competencies for this program have been assessed and mastered, students will earn their Technical Diploma.

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Faculty Bios

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Brian Strebe

I worked in the field of welding and fabrication for many years. I enjoy sharing with others my knowledge and teaching them a new skill set that will get them started in a very rewarding career.

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David Saunders

I worked in the field of welding and fabrication for 35+ years and having the opportunity to pass my knowledge down to others is so rewarding. Teaching is one way to give back to an industry that has given me many opportunities.

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Jeremy Dekker

As a welding educator, I am excited to share my experiences with today's future Welders and Fabricators and watch them grow in this profession! 

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Mitchell Schmidt

Being a welding instructor involves more than the classroom and textbook teaching. Throughout mentoring and coaching, I strive to create a high skill level for all students so that they are successful in the welding industry.

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