Welding is the most common way of permanently joining metals. This twelve-week course provides the technical and employability skills for an AWS certification in Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW).

In-demand Statewide Ranking

Certification: American Welding Society Certification in Gas Metal Arc Welding

Possible Job Titles: Welding, Soldering, and Brazing, Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026): 2,861

Indiana Average Salary for entry-level position: $ 32,750

Welding Training FAQ's

Welding is the most common way of permanently joining metal parts. In this process, heat is applied to metal pieces, melting and fusing them to form a permanent bond. The work that welders do and the equipment they use vary, depending on the industry. Welders may work outdoors, often in inclement weather, or indoors, sometimes in a confined area designed to contain sparks and glare. Most welders work full-time and overtime hours are common.

  • Study blueprints, sketches, or specifications

  • Calculate dimensions to be welded

  • Lay out, position, align, and secure parts and assemblies prior to assembly using straightedges, combination squares, calipers, and rulers

  • Inspect structures or materials to be welded

  • Ignite torches or start power supplies

  • Weld components in flat, vertical, or overhead positions

  • Monitor the welding process to avoid overheating

  • Smooth and polish all surfaces

  • Operate safety equipment and use safe work habits

  • Maintain equipment and machinery

Learn more about the roles/duties of a welder in this quick video.

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