Welding

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Welding Program

Skilled welders are needed in our region and beyond! Now's the time to get trained to help start your career as a welder.

We offer comprehensive welding training in Gas Metal Arc Welding, Flux-Core Arc Welding, Gas Shield Metal Arc Welding, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, Aluminum Welding*, Cutting & Fabrication, and Welding Foundations. Training conforms to American Welding Society (AWS) standards.

Students may pursue an Advanced Multi-Process Welding Certificate (for-credit), 20-week Principles and Applications of Welding Technology certificate (non-credit) or may choose to take individual process classes to develop specific skills.

Classes are held in the brand new 4,800 sq. ft. William Dickerson Welding Technology Center, located off College Road on Mineral Area College's Park Hills campus. 

  • Just 12 Seats Available
  • Financial Assistance for Qualified Students

Next class begins January 18th!

*Aluminum welding is a standalone course in the Advanced Multi-Process Welding Certificate.

An accredited certificate program, the Advanced Multi-Process Welding Certificatee, is a 12-month course that offers welding training in addition to employment skill development.

Students earn college credit in the program and have the opportunity to apply for federal financial aid. 

Certificate Plan

 

Principles and Applications of Welding Technology
Full 20-Week Program

504 hours total, non-credit

Mon-Thu, 8 am - 2:30 pm
Friday, 8 am-Noon (First 6 weeks only)

  • Welding Foundations: Technical Math, Blue Prints, Metallurgy
  • Cutting & Fabrication
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
  • Flux-Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)

Tuition: $6,900*
Student must provide their own steel-toed boots and leather welding coat (not included in tuition)

 

* Students may drop a program three (3) business days before the start date and receive a full tuition refund. Incurred costs associated with the class will not be refunded, such as background checks, drug tests, or other supplies or textbooks that were not returned unopened. Students who drop after the 3-day grace period are not eligible for a refund.

Individual Process Classes

Individual non-credit classes are available for those interested in learning a specific welding process. Classes are subject to space availability.

Each of the following sessions are 4 weeks, Mon-Thu, 8 am - 2:30 pm.

  • 1st 4-week module
    Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW): Training on the tools, techniques, and applications of Gas Shield Metal Arc Welding (MIG gas shielded) utilizing AWS standards.
  • 2nd 4-week module
    Flux-Cored Arc Welding (FCAW): Training on the tools, techniques, and applications of Flux Core Arc Welding (MIG inner shield) utilizing AWS standards.
  • 3rd 4-week module 
    Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW): 
    Training on the tools, techniques, and applications of Shielded Metal Arc Welding (stick welding) utilizing American Welding Society (AWS) standards.
  • 4th 4-week module  
    Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW): 
    Training on the tools, techniques, and applications of Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG welding) utilizing AWS standards.
  • 5th 4-week module
    Cutting & Fabrication: 
    Training on layout, fit, fabrication, and assembly of welded components. Students will learn the necessary setup and operation of equipment used in the welding industry.

Tuition: $1,400, each 4-week session*
Student must provide their own steel-toed boots and leather welding coat (not included in tuition)

 

Welding Foundations Class

24 hours total
Fridays for 6 weeks, 8 am-noon

Welding Foundations is a 24-hour non-credit course that will provide the student with the foundational knowledge needed to be successful with all welding and fabrication applications. The course format will include lecture, class demonstrations, and hands-on activities and will cover the following topics:

  • Technical Math for Welders
  • Blueprint Reading for Welders
  • Basic Metallurgy for Welders

Tuition: $225*

 

* Students may drop a program three (3) business days before the start date and receive a full tuition refund. Incurred costs associated with the class will not be refunded, such as background checks, drug tests, or other supplies or textbooks that were not returned unopened. Students who drop after the 3-day grace period are not eligible for a refund.

Financial Assistance may be available to those who qualify. Please contact us to learn about options.

Josh Keller
CTE Program Coordinator
(573) 518-2195
jkeller@MineralArea.edu

Nathan Ellett
Welding Instructor
nellett@MineralArea.edu

Nathan comes to MAC with over 20 years of professional experience as a millwright and welder, working at a wide variety of industrial sites throughout the Midwest and Midsouth. He has held ten different American Welding Society (AWS) certifications in five different processes. 

This program is partially funded through a Workforce Training Initiative which combines a Community Block Development Grant (CDBG) and Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) Tax Credits from the State of Missouri. The initiative supports the welding building and program as well as three new short-term healthcare programs. MAC received $738k in funding for this initiative and invested $75k to help bring high-demand training programs to our region.

 

For more information, contact

Josh Keller
CTE Program Coordinator
(573) 518-2195
jkeller@MineralArea.edu