There are programs at both McCook and North Platte. Check with your closest MPCC campus for specific information.
Welding and Machine Shop Technology is an open-entry, open-exit program that leads to a Diploma or Associate of Applied Science Degree for employment opportunities in the welding/machine shop field. The program provides the skills and knowledge necessary for entry-level job production welding or job shop employment upon graduation. Students may enter at different stages of readiness and progress according to his/her abilities and efforts. Students will be assessed and evaluated as they complete each measurable performance objective. Upon completion of a set of prescribed technical competencies, students will be able to perform skills necessary to be successfully employed at the entry level or above with a selected occupation.
This is a full-time day program however, there are numerous welding and machine shop courses taught in the evenings. Please contact either the McCook Community College or North Platte Community College Admissions Office or refer to the latest schedule of Welding/Machine Shop course offerings for dates, days and times.
- Demonstrate knowledge of welding/machine shop hazards and related safety practices.
- Possess knowledge to perform tasks consistent with entry-level welding/machine shop employment.
- Demonstrate an understanding of personal and work characteristics that contribute to effective welding and machine shop job performance. “ Use effective communication skills appropriate to the welding/machine shop setting.
- Apply the theory of welding and machine shop technology to specific jobs using critical thinking/ reasoning and the ability to work independently.
- Use mathematical data and reasoning skills in relation to welding and machine technology.
- Be prepared to obtain certification for welding in accordance with code qualification.
Construction companies, machine shops, repair shops, utility companies, and manufacturers of automobiles, recreational vehicles, tools, machinery, toys, household appliances, and other metal products offer potential employment opportunities. Other industries employing welders include agriculture, industrial machinery, mining, railroad, transportation, and trucking.
Additional classes in welding and machine shop, electrical technology, building construction, diesel technology, business, and electronics technology may be beneficial.
WELD 1005 Safety is a prerequisite for all Welding/ Machine Shop Technology classes except night classes.