Progressive Welding Technology

Overview

careers

  • Welder

  • Machinist

  • Industrial Engineer Technician

  • Welding Robot Programmer

  • Manufacturing Technician

  • Fabricator

  • Non-destructive Testing Specialist (NDT)

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The Progressive Welding Technology program at Mitchell Technical College is industry-driven to educate students who want to pursue a career in the manufacturing industry. The program provides the proper skills for graduates to excel in welding, machining and lean manufacturing techniques.

Instruction is American Welding Society (AWS) code-based so that students may sit for welding qualification testing, assuring future employer requirements.

Designed for student success, graduates will have many employment opportunities in the manufacturing sector. Labs include up-to-date technology in areas like gas metal arc welding of steel and aluminum, gas tungsten arc welding of steel and aluminum, robotic welding, operation of machining stations, metal forming, laser cutting and plasma cutting.

The program provides a path to industry leadership. With the knowledge and abilities gained, graduates will be able to become certified and help fill the demand in today’s highly technical manufacturing environment. South Dakota’s only ASNT Level lll degree-based training program.

When you enroll in the Progessive Welding Technology program at Mitchell Tech, you can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in four semesters or exit after two semesters with a diploma.

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Curriculum

Award: Certificate, Diploma or AAS Degree

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Welding Certificate

First Semester (Fall)

WLD101Welding Safety and Discontinuities2 credits
WMT132Metallurgy2 credits
WMT149Basic Welding Lab2 credits
WMT150Welding Lab I4 credits
OSHA100OSHA 10 Training1 credit
SSS100Student Success1 credit

Second Semester (Spring)

WMT117Crane and Forklift Operation2 credits
WMT120Manufac Symbols Measurements1 credit
WMT121Blueprint Reading1 credit
WMT142Welding Economics2 credits
WMT151Welding Lab II4 credits

Award: One-Year Diploma or AAS Degree

First Semester (Fall)

WLD101Welding Safety and Discontinuities2 credits
WMT132Metallurgy2 credits
WMT149Basic Welding Lab2 credits
WMT150Welding Lab I4 credits
OSHA100OSHA 10 Training1 credit
SSS100Student Success1 credit
Communications Elective3 credits

Second Semester (Spring)

WMT117Crane and Forklift Operation2 credits
WMT120Manufac Symbols Measurements1 credit
WMT121Blueprint Reading1 credit
WMT142Welding Economics2 credits
WMT151Welding Lab II4 credits
Math Elective3 credits
General Education Elective3 credits

Progressive Welding Technology

Third Semester (Summer)

WMT290Internship6 credits

Fourth Semester (Fall)

WMT201Quality & Productivity Improvement2 credits
WMT230Welding Robotic Lab3 credits
WMT242Welding Code2 credits
WMT262Advanced Welding Processes4 credits
General Education Elective3 credits

Fifth Semester (Spring)

WMT232Nondestructive Testing (NDT)4 credits
WMT252Mechanical Workmanship Lab3 credits
WMT271Adv. Robot Welding Qualification2 credits
WMT272Adv. Welding Qualification2 credits
CPR100First Aid, CPR AED0.5 credits
General Education Elective3 credits

Requirements

COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS

This program requires a laptop computer so that you can effectively integrate computing skills with your technical education. Many resources that instructors assign are online or require specialty software. To address these needs, Mitchell Tech requires that students entering this program purchase their laptops from Mitchell Tech. The cost for an Mitchell Tech laptop averages about $1,400 for this program. Please be aware that our machines come fully loaded with the software required for this program. 

Whether it’s Microsoft Office, or a specialty software for a technical program, your needs will be met by your Mitchell Tech laptop.  And our laptops are serviced for free by our Technology office. You will not be able to bring a laptop from home into an Mitchell Tech laptop program as we cannot provide support services for every make and model of laptop. Please consider this carefully before making any laptop purchase and check with the Admissions office for more details.

Outcomes

At the completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
  • Identify principles of safety in welding, cutting, and machine operation
  • Apply welding symbols, blueprints, and manufacturing measuring devices
  • Describe metallurgy and mechanical/electrical requirements
  • Complete various AWS code welder qualification weld tests
  • Apply the use of welding economics and variables
  • Interpret welding code
  • Utilize nondestructive methods  to examine welds for quality
  • Administer quality and production improvement processes
  • Operate welding robots, CNC machining stations, and laser and plasma cutting systems
Annual Program Review

Check out the 2023-24 Annual Program Review for information on how faculty ensure the quality and effectiveness of the program.

Faculty

Gregg Thibodeau

Instructor

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Jed Schoenfelder

Instructor

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Travis Peterson

Program Director / Instructor

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Cost

Progressive Welding Technology (AAS)

$ 4000
Program Tuition & Fees ⓘ

Other Required Costs

Laptop/Software$1,150
Books/Tools (estimated)$1,907

Welding One-Year Diploma

$ 4000
Program Tuition & Fees ⓘ

Other Required Costs

Laptop/Software$1,150
Books/Tools (estimated)$1,382

Scholarships

$750

1 AVAIL.

SD Municipal Electric Association Energy Production & Transmission Scholarship

SD Municipal Electric Association

All programs eligible.
Must be a resident of the SD Municipal Electric Association service area.

$1000

4 AVAIL.

Osterhaus Endowed Scholarships

Martin and Maude Osterhaus established this endowed scholarship in 1995 to provide financial support for at least four deserving Mitchell Tech students each year. The scholarships will be awarded in January each year and applied to the recipient's account the following Fall semester.
Accounting
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Automation Controls/SCADA
Business Management
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Diesel Power - Ag Power Technology
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
Heating & Cooling Technology
Human Services Technician
Information Systems Technology
Machining and Manufacturing
Medical Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Office Professional
Medical Office Professional
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Power Sports & Marine Technology
Precision Ag Technology
Radiation Therapy
Radiologic Technology
Small Business Management
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Utilities Technology
Wi-Fi & Broadband Technologies
Wind Turbine Technology
Applicant must be a currently enrolled first year full-time student in any two year program Applicant must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA (universal financial aid application form) Applicant must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher Applicant must complete the MTC online application during the open application period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship Applicant must have good leadership skills

$1000

1 AVAIL.

Mitchell Tech Retiree Endowed Scholarship

The scholarship was established by the former faculty and staff of Mitchell Tech.
Accounting
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Automation Controls/SCADA
Business Management
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Diesel Power - Ag Power Technology
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
Geospatial Technologies
Heating & Cooling Technology
Human Services Technician
Information Systems Technology
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Machining and Manufacturing
Medical Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Office Professional
Medical Office Professional
Natural Gas Technology
Office Technology Specialist
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Power Sports & Marine Technology
Precision Ag Technology
Radiation Therapy
Radiologic Technology
Small Business Management
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Utilities Technology
Wi-Fi & Broadband Technologies
Wind Turbine Technology
Applicant must be enrolled full time at MTC. Applicant must have a GPA of 2.5 or greater. Applicant must complete the MTC Online application during the open application period to be eligible to receive this scholarship.

$500

1 AVAIL.

Mike Blasius Memorial Scholarship

Mike Blasius Family

Raymond “Mike” Blasius owned and operated Blasius Construction in Kimball, SD for nearly 50 years before his death in March 2022. Mike held his crew to the highest expectation of work ethic and attendance and was known for his quick and witty sense of humor. This scholarship will be awarded to a current Mitchell Tech student in a Construction and Manufacturing Technologies program who exhibits excellent attendance and work ethic. Preference is given to students from Mike’s hometown of Kimball, SD and the surrounding area.
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Construction & Manufacturing Technologies
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Construction Maintenance SCADA Option
Heating & Cooling Technology
Machining and Manufacturing
Progressive Welding Technology
Must be a current full time student enrolled in an Construction & Manufacturing program Applicant must have excellent attendance Preference is given to students from Mike’s hometown of Kimball, SD and the surrounding area Applicant must complete the MTC Online application to be eligible to receive this scholarship.

$1000

2 AVAIL.

Laverne & Nell Tollefson Memorial Scholarship

Charlene Bainbridge

The LaVerne and Nell Tollefson Memorial Scholarship is eligible for any program at Mitchell Technical College. Also the recipient must have a current GPA of 2.5 or higher and be a current student.
Accounting
Administrative Office Specialist
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Automation Engineering Technology
Automation Controls/SCADA
Business Management
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Diesel Power - Ag Power Technology
Diesel Power - Light Truck Technology
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
Geospatial Technologies
Heating & Cooling Technology
Human Services Technician
Information Systems Technology
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Machining and Manufacturing
Medical Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Office Professional
Medical Office Professional
Natural Gas Technology
On Campus
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Power Sports & Marine Technology
Precision Ag Technology
Progressive Welding Technology
Radiation Therapy
Radiologic Technology
Registered Nursing (LPN to RN)
Small Business Management
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Utilities Technology
Wi-Fi & Broadband Technologies
Wind Turbine Technology
Applicant must be accepted or currently enrolled as a full-time student in any program at Mitchell Technical College. Applicant must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher Applicant must complete the MTC online application during the open application period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship

$500

2 AVAIL.

John And Diane Weber “Career Change” Endowed Scholarship

John and Diane Weber Family and Friends

This scholarship was established in 2015 by the daughters of Diane Weber, wife of former Culinary Academy of South Dakota instructor and Mitchell Tech alum, John Weber. Diane's early adult years were spent in the Peace Corp, working at Bell Telephone and teaching German and English after college. The scholarship honors Diane's desire in 1974 to change her career and her enrollment at Mitchell Tech to become a Clinical Lab Technician. While attending Mitchell Tech she met John, completed her education, and then spent several years working as a Clinical Lab Technician. The scholarships will be awarded in January each year and applied to the recipient's account the following Fall semester.
Accounting
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Automation Controls/SCADA
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Diesel Power - Ag Power Technology
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
Geospatial Technologies
Heating & Cooling Technology
Human Services Technician
Information Systems Technology
Machining and Manufacturing
Medical Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Office Professional
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Power Sports & Marine Technology
Precision Ag Technology
Radiation Therapy
Radiologic Technology
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Utilities Technology
Wi-Fi & Broadband Technologies
Wind Turbine Technology
Full time enrollment in a program at Mitchell Technical College to prepare for a career change GPA of 3.0 or higher Program instructor recommendation Documented employment of 10 hours or more per week Completion of current online scholarship application during the open application period time frame

Contact Admissions

For information about any of our programs, application, or any of our other student services please contact us:

Admissions Office
Mitchell Technical College
1800 E. Spruce St.
Mitchell, SD 57301

800.684.1969
605.995.3025
fax: 605.995.3067
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