Welding Technician Certificate

About Welding Technician Certificate

McHenry County is one of the fastest-growing manufacturing sectors in the region, and many of these manufacturers use heavy-duty metal fabrication and forging. Workers with welding skills are highly sought in the manufacturing sector and work in a variety of occupations such as welders, machinery repair, and sheet metal workers.

MCC’s Welding Technician Certificate will prepare you for an entry-level position in welding. With a Welding Technician Certificate, you'll become knowledgeable in welding safety and practice the major welding processes such as stick, Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding, and Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG). You'll also learn to perform out-of-position and multi-pass steel and aluminum material arc welding including Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Flux-Core Arc Welding (FCAW), and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW). The certificate will prepare you to pass welder qualification tests and meets the American Welding Society (AWS) and Schools Excelling through National Skill Standards Education (SENSE) training standards for certification as an AWS Level 1 - Entry Welder.

We offer an Advanced Welding Technician Certificate to help you become eligible for specialized welding certifications through AWS.

All courses in this Fast Track program are arranged in a sequence that provides optimal learning opportunities. You're required to follow the integrated program sequence.

Total Costs of Welding Technician Certificate

(in-district) Total Amount: $3,380

Credit Hours to Complete: 18

Weeks to Complete: 39

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

Total Welding Technician Certificate Costs
in-district out-of-district out-of-state international
Tuition $2,007 $6,655 $8,359 $8,359
Additional Costs $1,373 $1,373 $1,373 $1,373
Program Total $3,380 $8,028 $9,732 $9,732

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

  • MCC has worked closely with local manufacturers and welding-related employers in the district to develop curriculum to address the type of skill sets that they need developed in order to fill vacant positions.
  • MCC's curriculum includes the MIG pulse spray ARC transfer welding, as requested by employers in the district. It's the only welding program offering this in our area.
  • There are no pre-requisite courses for the 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.

Related programs include:

What careers are available to someone with a an Welding Technician Certificate

Occupations that Welding Technician Certificate prepares you for
Occupation and Occupational Profile Link SOC Code
Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters 51-4121.06
Solderers and Brazers 51-4121.07
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 51-4122.00

What job opportunities are available to someone with an Welding Technician Certificate?

The Chicagoland metropolitan area supports, and is expected to continue to support, the need for a significant number of people in welding-related careers.

Typical Jobs

  • Welder
  • Fabricator
  • Advanced Specialized Welder
  • Machine and mechanical equipment repair and maintenance, construction projects, and welding related to electrical, air-conditioning, and heating systems

How will MCC's 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 standards. The final projects in the capstone course in each certificate program are similar to those that will be required for you to be certified in American Welding Society D1.1 Structural Welding Steel.
  • Courses are taught by industry experts in welding who will discuss obtaining positions in welding as part of the curriculum.

By the Numbers:

  • Potential salaries range from $40,000 to $80,000. Actual salary for such positions will depend on specific years of service and experience.
  • Nationally, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment for welders to grow by 6% by 2026 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor)
  • Welding Program Mission

    The mission of McHenry County College’s Welding Program is to develop students who are skilled in welding safety and the practice of the major welding processes: stick, Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding and Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG). MCC students shall be distinguishable by their critical thinking, effective communication, professionalism, and technical competency. Students will use current and contemporary practices to demonstrate mastery in the Program Learning Outcomes.

  • Welding Certificate Program Learning Objectives

    Students will:

    1. Demonstrate setup, maintenance, and cleaning procedures of welding equipment.
    2. Maintain safety for all operators and observers in the workplace
    3. Demonstrate the ability to interpret welding terms, symbols, weld size descriptions, locations, and tolerances and interpreting the welding symbols that may accompany them
    4. Select appropriate material, select appropriate electrode and position weldment for welding.
    5. Demonstrate basic skills in stick welding in flat and horizontal positions.
    6. Demonstrate basic skills in MIG welding in all positions.
    7. Demonstrate basic skills in TIG welding in flat and horizontal positions.

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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.

See additional information about international student costs.