Employer Testimonial:

"We have experienced significant needs for qualified trades persons over the last two years. We have hired from a couple of sources. The employees we have obtained via the RCTC welding program are much more prepared for our type of work and know this is an interest of theirs. This saves us training time and lessens recruitment needs."

Greg Donley
Plant Manager
Midwest Fabrication and Supply
500 22nd Street, Zumbrota, MN 55992

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Welding Overview


Career/Program Overview

RCTC’s Welding Technology program is designed to prepare students for careers in metal joining.  The program provides an overview of the basic principles and practical application of the most commonly utilized welding processes including welding terminology, weld design, blueprint reading, safety, electrical theory, the weldability of metals and quality control.


Instruction will include Welding Theory, Blueprint Reading, Shielded Metal Arc, Gas Metal Arc, Gas Tungsten Arc and Oxy-fuel Gas welding in multiple positions as well as brazing and metal cutting.  In addition, the program will focus on safety and quality assurance and includes an internship component.

Program/Degree Options

RCTC’s Welding Technology Program is a 17 credit certificate intended to be completed in one semester.

Program Start Date(s)

The Program will begin both fall and spring semesters and students should expect to enroll full-time.

Career Opportunities/Information

Career opportunities exist within small and large manufacturers throughout the SE MN region including welding repair and large-scale product fabrication companies. 

Graduates typically start out in entry-level positions.  With further on-the-job training and education, students may advance to become specialists, mechanical engineers or production supervisors.


The Higher Learning Commission accredits Rochester Community and Technical College.

For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at: www.rctc.edu/catalog/articulations/   

Additional Information

Program Website: www.rctc.edu/program/welding/  
Program Plan: www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs/
More Information: www.rctc.edu/contact/              

Gainful Employment Programs

The U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) gainful employment regulations require disclosure of certain program information for programs that lead to certificates or diplomas and are financial aid eligible. The most current RCTC gainful employment information can be found at:  www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs

Gainful Employment Programs

The U.S. Department of Education's (USDE) gainful employment regulations require disclosure of certain program information for programs that lead to certificates or diplomas and are financial aid eligible.

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Overview content updated: 2017-04-19
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