Several machining and manufacturing industries, such as the automotive field, use custom fabrication for specialized parts. Students can learn about custom fabrication through certificate programs, located at select vocational and community colleges around the country.
Schools with Custom Fabrication Programs
Custom fabrication programs are offered at the colleges and institutions listed here.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition* (2018-2019)|
|Wiregrass Georgia Technical College||Valdosta, GA||2-year, Public||Certificate||$2,794|
|Washtenaw Community College||Ann Arbor, MI||2-year, Public||Certificate||$2,520 (in-district); $4,104 (out-of-district); $5,520 (out-of-state)|
|Eastfield College||Mesquite, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate||$1,770 (in-district); $3,330 (in-state); $5,220 (out-of-state)|
|Hennepin Technical College||Brooklyn Park, MN||2-year, Public||Certificate||$5,248|
|Wyo Tech||Blairsville, PA||2-year, Private||Certificate, Associate||Not available|
|Fab School||Rancho Cucamonga, CA||2-year, Private||Program||$31,125|
|Universal Technical Institute||Long Beach, CA||2-year, Private||Associate||$36,350|
|Lake Area Technical Institute||Watertown, SD||2-year, Public||Diploma, Associate||$5,332|
|Lincoln College of Technology||Nashville, TN||2-year, Private||Diploma||Not available|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
School Selection Criteria
There are some key points to consider when looking for a custom fabrication school.
- Students should consider a career goal prior to enrolling in a program to ensure that the school provides the necessary training.
- Prospective students interested in entering the field of custom design and production of automotive components should seek schools that utilize updated equipment and software used in the industry.
- Previous machining or automotive experience may be required or recommended for some academic programs.
- Programs are offered at both public and private schools, and tuition costs vary widely depending on the type of school.
Certificate in Custom Fabrication
Students perform practical applications of welding techniques, practice safety procedures and develop proficiencies in auto-body repair, metal fabrication and customized automotive design. Candidates learn to identify and use automated and manual tools used for designing, cutting and molding parts. Students can complete projects demonstrating their ability to design, fabricate and finish specialized parts for successful completion of the program.
Several colleges and institutions offer programs that will prepare individuals interested in careers in fabrication. Prospective students can opt to complete a certificate, diploma or associate's degree at a public or private institution.