Pre-Apprenticeship Welding Technician Certificate

The Pre-Apprenticeship Welding Technician Certificate is designed for students seeking a career in pipefitting, ironworking, boiler making, and other construction-related welding fields. This certificate gives you a head start on the welding skills and foundational skills that construction-related welding apprenticeships are looking for. This certificate stacks into the Advanced Welding Technician Certificate, giving you a pathway into advanced careers in production welding. This certificate allows you to become eligible for specialized welding certifications through the American Welding Society (AWS).

Contact (815) 479-7521 with specific questions about this program.

(in-district) Total Amount: $3,609.09

Credit Hours to Complete: 18

Weeks to Complete: 32

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What you need to know about getting your Pre-Apprenticeship Welding Technician Certificate (CIP 48.0508)

Total Pre-Apprenticeship Welding Technician Certificate Costs
Cost in-district out-of-district out-of-state international
Tuition $2,187 $5,924.7 $8,329.14 $8,329.14
Additional Costs $1,422.09 $1,422.09 $1,422.09 $1,422.09
Program Total $3,609.09 $7,346.79 $9,751.23 $9,751.23

What makes MCC's Pre-Apprenticeship Welding Technician Certificate program better than, or distinct from, similar programs at other institutions?

  • MCC has worked closely with local manufacturers and employers in the welding industry to ensure our courses provide the skills local employers are looking for.
  • There are no pre-requisite courses for the Pre-Apprenticeship Welding Technician Certificate introductory courses so students in high school, adult education, or other workforce training programs can easily transition to the college to take these courses. Those who have had prior welding coursework may transfer it to the college for advanced placement in welding courses.
  • Our welding certificates complement the credit-based skills in MCC’s manufacturing and industrial maintenance programs.

How will MCC's Pre-Apprenticeship Welding Technician Certificate program prepare me for my career or connect me to opportunities?

  • Industry partners in need of welders have reviewed and approved the curriculum, assuring that you'll be learning the skills they need today. MCC meets with these industry partners annually to ensure the coursework you take is relevant to the current needs of an ever-changing industry.
  • Course material offered throughout the welding certificates is designed to help you develop the requisite skills to pass the certified welder tests in accordance with the American Welding Society’s D1.1 Structural Steel Code.
  • Courses are taught by industry experts in welding and fabrication who will discuss the many career opportunities that exist in the welding field.

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Semesters to complete assumes students are taking a full-time credit load of 12 credits per semester (the minimum required for federal financial aid).

Proportion of students completing in normal time is the percentage of completers who earned the credential within the specified time of their first enrollment at the College.

Students attending part-time or changing their program of study are two common reasons why they may not complete in "normal" time.

Tuition and fees are set by the Board of Trustees. Prices for books and supplies are subject to change.

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