Basic Welding Technician Certificate

MCC’s Basic Welding Technician Certificate will prepare you for an entry-level position in welding. You'll learn welding safety, and blueprint reading, and will have experience with Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) processes. You'll be 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: $4,013.25

Credit Hours to Complete: 21

Weeks to Complete: 32

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Total Basic Welding Technician Certificate Costs
Cost in-district out-of-district out-of-state international
Tuition $2,551.5 $6,912.15 $9,717.33 $9,717.33
Additional Costs $1,461.75 $1,461.75 $1,461.75 $1,461.75
Program Total $4,013.25 $8,373.9 $11,179.08 $11,179.08

What makes MCC's Basic 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.
  • MCC’s curriculum includes a course on GMAW Pulse Spray Transfer, a course requested by many local employers seeking entry-level welders.
  • There are no pre-requisite courses for the Basic 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 Basic 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. These industry partners meet with MCC annually to review the curriculum, discuss industry standards and any related changes, and offer advice for keeping graduates employment-ready in this field of work.
  • 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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