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
NRS Level 3 in Reading and Math (assessed with TABE test during enrollment or class site)
Completion of the WIN Online Essential Soft Skills Courseware before the training start date
Must complete post-testing through AD ED
Learn more about the roles/duties of a welder in this quick video.