Learn to burn

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.

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

AWS Welding Certified

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

Spring 2024 CBE Schedule

Fall 2023 CBE Schedule

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

Lab availability: Monday - Tuesday, 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. & Wednesday - Thursday, 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Career Outlook

Welding - Industrial

Median Income: $46,779.00*


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Use hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand-soldering, or brazing equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated 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 Lakeshore District, unless noted otherwise (i.e. Wind programs use State of WI.)


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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