Welding

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

Local employers scout Mid’s students, and welding jobs are available in the mid-Michigan region and across the State, with a projected 10% increase in jobs by 2022. The field also promotes career growth through on-the-job advanced learning, and offers competitive starting salaries. Our certificate focuses on the specific skills welders need to succeed, and you can earn this Certificate in just 1-1½ years.

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


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 Certificate
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.

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.

Career Outlook

Median Pay $19.89/hour | $41,380/year | 6% Growth

Michigan job opportunities are expected to increase 10% by 2022.

Data sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and valid 2016 through 2026.

OUR STORY IS OUR STUDENTS

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.

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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