Welding Diploma Program

Welding Diploma Program

We are the only school in the area that offers a free test as a Certified Welding Inspection (CWI).

Top ten reasons to earn your welding diploma from Rockford Career College:

  1. Be proud of your trade.
    Everything you fix or create can be unique, just like you. Welding is a wonderful job that allows you to think outside the box and create new solutions. It can come in handy in a wide variety of situations, and you can feel good about the work you complete.
  2. Multiple certificates.
    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).
    1.  Any Welding process using Stick, Flux Core, MIG, or TIG on mild steel material up to 3/8”
    2. The standard testing fee is $228, which will be paid for by the college
    3. Testing will be completed one-week prior to the student’s graduation date (end of their program).
    4.  Students have the option of joining the American Welding Society (AWS) for $50.
  3. Training
    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.
  4. Many topics covered.
    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.
  5. Start your new job quickly.
    Our program could be completed in only ten months, allowing you to jump into your new career.
  6. Versatile skill.
    Welding is useful in a number of industries, including construction, manufacturing, shipbuilding, and more.
  7. Hands-on work.
    If you enjoy being active, working with your hands, and searching for innovative solutions, do not waste your talent. Welding is an occupation that will keep you on the move.
  8. Solid job demand.
    Along with cutters, solderers, and brazers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employers will need 22,000 more welders between 2016 and 2026. That is a 5 percent increase in jobs.1
  9. Round out your training.
    Besides welding skills, you will learn time management and successful study strategies to become a more well-rounded job candidate.
  10. Build or repair nearly anything.
    Welding allows your imagination to run free as you build or repair all kinds of items. If you are creative, resourceful, and determined, welding could be a great career for you. Get started today by filling out our contact form on this page or calling us at 815-965-8616 today!


1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/welders-cutters-solderers-and-brazers...(visited February 7, 2018).

Program length – 10 months

Instructor Bill Isham  Check out instructor Bill Isham's blog. 

On-campus program

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

Rockford, IL

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