Welding Diploma Program
HS diploma not required to enter the program.
Our graduates are adept in the various welding types, including gas, shielded metal arc (STICK), metal inert gas (MIG), flux core, and tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding. Our classes review a broad range of material including welding theory, SMAW and GTAW specifics, welding safety, thermal cutting, and general craft and trade skills.
We are the only school in the area that offers a free test as a Certified Welding Inspection (CWI). All Welding students will be able to receive their diploma and test for one of the following to earn a Certified Welding Inspection (CWI) report with the American Welding Society (AWS): Any Welding process using Stick, Flux Core, MIG, or TIG on mild steel material up to 3/8”.
Led by instructors who have worked or are still working in the industry, our program incorporates real-world problem-solving, so you could be job-ready upon graduation.
Enjoy Strong Career Opportunities
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs for welders in Illinois is expected to increase by five percent. The salary range is $26,870 to $58,420 with a median salary of $39,270.1
1 onetonline.org/link/51-4121.00, retrieved 5/29/2019
Program length – 10 months
Classes in the program include instruction in a variety of skills such as welding theory, SMAW and GTAW specifics, welding safety, thermal cutting, and general craft and trade skills. Students will have the opportunity to explore, practice and apply skills, and learn successful study strategies and time management to prepare them for the field.
Welders use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations or seams of fabricated metal products. Welders work in a variety of construction and manufacturing environments, including on ships and on pipelines.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor predicts 128,500 new welders will be needed between 2014 and 2024.1
1U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-2015 Edition, Job Outlook, retrieved 4/26/16