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Welding

You want to work with your hands in a dynamic environment.

You can complete Mid's Welding Training Credential in just one year while also earning Sense Level I certification. And with a 100% job placement rate for program graduates, you'll start a career that provides opportunities for advancement and a competitive starting salary.

NEW! Pre-Apprentice Certificates

Welding Pre-Apprenticeship Certificates are now available and allow you to build basic skills before entering an official apprenticeship at a local employer. The Pre-Apprentice Certificate Pathway can be customized for students ready to attend college and for those currently in high school.

Participate in Community Projects

Give back to local communities while gaining valuable skills! Mid's welding students contribute to local projects like the Mackinac Bridge scale model at the Clare MDOT Welcome Center, and the multiple mascot sculptures that now appear in Harrison and Gladwin, with Beaverton planned for the Fall 2020 semester.

Lincoln School of Choice

Mid Michigan College is a Lincoln School of Choice! What does this mean? As a School of Choice partner, Lincoln provides the College and our students significant discounts on tools and raw materials. That means you'll save BIG on an education that prepares you for success and be well-equipped to begin your career.

See what Mid's Welding Program has to offer...


Jonathan Threet, Mid Welding Student

Mid is the place to be for welding!

I was initially pursuing an automotive degree at Delta College. The degree requirements kept changing, so after three years I was only halfway done. A friend of mine that was attending Mid, introduced me to welding and I fell in love with the field. I transferred to Mid, and have been taking welding courses at the Harrison Campus. The campus is great, the technology top-notch, and the instructors are engaging, knowledgeable, and helpful.

These are the best courses that I’ve ever taken! I recommend Mid and the welding program to anyone that is interested in welding, Mid is the place to be.

- Jonathan Threet, a.k.a. Joker

Jonathan has now completed his time at Mid and he plans to transfer to Ferris State University, where he will pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Welding Engineering Technology.


Industry-Recognized Certifications from respected organizations, like the American Welding Society, increases your employment potential by clearly demonstrating to employers the skills you have mastered. Learn more about these skill certifications below.

Pathways

Welding Training Credential
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers use hand-held or remotely controlled equipment to join, repair, or cut metal parts and products. Mid offer a state-of-the-art welding lab on each of the main campuses with current technology and hands-on learning opportunities.

Common career tasks include studying blueprints, sketches, and specifications, calculating the dimensions of parts to be welded, inspecting structures or materials to be welded, igniting torches or starting power supplies, monitoring the welding process to avoid overheating, and maintaining equipment and machinery.

Welding Pre-Apprentice

Launch your journey toward a welding apprenticeship with Mid's Pre-Apprentice Certificate. With just 4 courses, you can complete this credential quickly, gain the skills you need to start an apprenticeship, and demonstrate to potential employers that you are ready to learn and contribute meaningfully to their team.

Welding Pre-Apprentice (CTE - Designed for High School Students)

This Welding Pre-Apprentice Pathway is designed specifically for high school students. Students complete one course each semester and graduate high school able to start an apprenticeship and demonstrate to potential employers that they are ready to learn.

Industry-Recognized Certifications

You may be wondering how employers will know what skills you've mastered by completing your degree at Mid. To highlight these skills, Mid has partnered with a variety of organizations to award industry-recognized skill certifications. Industry-recognized certifications provide a return on your education investment through hands-on training using state of the art tools and equipment. These certifications are earned in addition to your Mid credential and increase your employment potential.

Welding Industry-Recognized Certifications


  • SENSE Level I
    • SENSE – Schools Excelling through National Skills Education – is a set of specifications and guidelines meant to assist schools in training welders. The program guidelines are based on a survey of the welding industry, and define two levels of knowledge and skills required in the welding workplace, Level I for entry level welders and Level II for advanced welders.
    • Trainees that complete a SENSE-compliant training program are eligible to receive an AWS SENSE certificate of completion and wallet card. The SENSE program includes four different certificates of completion that a trainee can earn, one for each welding process offered (SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, and FCAW).
    • Certification Content Includes:
      • Occupational orientation
      • Safety and health of welders
      • Drawing and welding symbol interpretation
      • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
      • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW, FCA W-S)
      • Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCA W-G/GM, FCA W-S)
      • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
      • Thermal cutting processes
      • Manual Oxyfuel Gas Cutting (OFC)
      • Mechanized Oxyfuel Gas Cutting (OFC)
      • Manual Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC)
      • Manual Air Carbon Arc Cutting (CAC-A)
      • Welding inspection and testing

Why Choose Mid?

Fast-Career Entry

Our Certificate in Welding is focused on the skills welders need to succeed and takes 35 credits to complete. You can earn this Certificate in just 1-1½ years when attending full-time.

Labs in Mt. Pleasant and Harrison

Learn hands-on in our welding labs, where you can practice various welding and soldering techniques on a variety of materials, and gain skills that prepare you for a rewarding career.

Experienced Faculty

Our instructors know welding. They have direct experience in the industry and love sharing their knowledge with others.

Career Outlook

Welders join pieces of metal together using heat, and work in a wide variety of industries, from car racing to manufacturing. The work that welders do and the equipment they use vary depending on the industry. Pay for welders varies considerably depending on their education, skills, and experience.

Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

Median Pay $20.43/hour | $42,490/year | 3% Growth


Data sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and valid 2018 through 2028.

MEET THE INSTRUCTOR

Nick Blackmer - Welding Instructor

NICK BLACKMER

Nick has earned a Bachelor Degree from Ferris State University in Welding Engineering Technology (2010), and an associate degree from Ferris State University in Welding Technology (2008). He is also a Certified Welding Inspector (C.W.I) and Certified Welding Educator (C.W.E).



Nick was born in Grand Rapids MI and currently lives in Greenville MI. He enjoys hockey- GO RED WINGS!, dirt biking, and welding. His current focus personally is pursuing a Masters from CMU in Training Development.

 
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