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Welding and Fabrication

The Welding and Fabrication program prepares students for a career in the welding and fabrication fields. The combination of classroom theory, hands-on welding and fabrication skills training, and practical application in labs allows the student to attain skills for entry-level employment.

Degree Description

Welding and Fabrication
66 Credit Hours, 18-Month Program

The program is designed to prepare the students as entry-level technicians in many industrial sectors, including construction, energy, manufacturing, and repair.

Students will receive training in the processes most commonly used by industry in the region. Welders and fabricators require a wide variety of skills that will continue to grow because of the increase in sophisticated fabrication tasks and repair work.

Students can choose a nine-month Diploma option that includes training is basic welding and fabricating skills or a 20-month Associate of Applied Science Degree option that includes basic and advanced training.

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Application Process

1. Complete Western Dakota Tech Admissions Application
2. Complete the ACCUPLACER test ($15 fee)
3. Schedule your Admissions Advising Session
4. Provide an official copy of a High School transcript or GED scores. If you graduated from an international high school, you must submit your transcript to Educational Credential Evaluators to determine U.S. equivalence.
5. Submit Immunization Records verifying two doses of MMR vaccinations
6. Once you receive your acceptance letter, schedule a time to register for classes

(The ACCUPLACER test will be waived if you have an ACT sub-score of 18 or better in English, Math, and Reading, or a SAT sub-score of at least 440 in Verbal and Math.  The scores must be within the last five years.)

Please call 605-718-2565 to make an appointment.

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Career Description

Welding and fabrication are growing fields in the western South Dakota region. Job opportunities are available and growing as opportunities in the field expand in South Dakota and the surrounding states.

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After Earning Your Degree

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2019 mean annual wage is $24,010 - $42,060. Growth in this industry is expected to grow steadily over the next decade.

Meet Your Faculty

Western Dakota Tech has a low student-to-faculty ratio, meaning more one-on-one learning. Individual attention from your professor can make your college experience more fulfilling.

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  • Charles Leeper
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    Troy Barry

Financial Aid

Continuing your education is crucial and Western Dakota Tech wants to make sure that any student who wants to attend school, has the opportunity to do so. For this reason, WDT is dedicated to administering the U.S. Department of Education’s Title IV Financial Assistance Program fair and consistently to anyone who needs it.

Build Dakota Scholarships

The Build Dakota Scholarship at Western Dakota Tech will pay all your tuition and fees and prepare you for a career that is in-demand and growing in South Dakota. Build Dakota Scholarships will be awarded to students entering high-need workforce programs at South Dakota’s technical institutes to fill the state’s technical careers with skilled professionals.

Student Housing

While Western Dakota Tech does not offer on-campus housing, we understand that finding a place to live within town while you go to school can be difficult. We have a few resources to help prospective students find affordable housing.

Child Care

Finding child care during school is a challenge for many students. Western Dakota Tech currently does not offer on-campus child care, but here are some resources that may help you in your search.

Youth & Family Services is an organization dedicated to helping children in Western South Dakota. They offer a variety of services, including child care at multiple locations.

The Y of Rapid City offers child care and other services.

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