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Continuing Education and Workforce Development


"MCTC provides top quality certification and recertification opportunities on a regular basis in our unique facility on the MCTC campus. Classes include hands-on training, materials, certificates and meet state or federal certification credentials. We can also customize our classes to meet your specific needs, include your processes and to help you meet government certification standards. Your staff will enjoy our engaging classes while gaining or brushing up on their skills."

–Andrew Lindquist, Continuing Education Director


Your Fast Track to a Career in Welding

Begin your fast track to employment as a welder on a construction site, in a structural welding shop, or in a manufacturing enterprise utilizing stick and flux core hard wire welding processes with the Basic Green Welding Academy at MCTC. Classes offered are short-term and can be taken together or separately. The series is just 152 hours and emphasizes what you need to know for entry-level welding. Our courses also provide support and mentoring for people interested in entry-level positions in construction and manufacturing.


You will learn the skills you need to prepare for the American Welding Society (AWS) certification in one or more basic welding standards commonly sought by employers. You will learn about green, sustainable practices, safe welding procedures, basic measurement, welding mathematics, blueprint reading for welders, oxy-fuel cutting and SMAW (shielded metal arc welding, also known as stick welding), FCAW (flux core arc welding, a form of wire feed welding) and GMAW (gas metal arc welding, also known as MIG welding). After completion of the 14-week course you will have the option of obtaining a specialty welding technology certification.

Optional Employment Skills Classes

To be successful in your welding training you need to have basic math, reading and writing skills–at least an 8th grade level is recommended. If you would like a refresher or to learn the additional skills to be successful in welding we offer classes in a supportive learning environment. You will get one-on-one training from great instructors in small classes to help you achieve your goals.

Blueprint Reading 1: Welding Blueprint Reading and Math

Learn the math skills you need with on-site mentoring in this 14-week class. This course covers math commonly used in the metal fabrication industry. Problem-solving skills will be developed through classroom exercises and to make the learning more meaningful the instructor will show you how it applies to work you will do on the job. We will also cover the use of various measuring devices you will encounter while working. 

Employment Skills & Math 

This 16-week class is designed to offer support and mentoring while you learn communication, math and writing skills, as well as how to find the right job. The math you learn will be related to the skills you need to know on the job. We will cover how to calculate interest, percentages, fractions and decimals.

Register Online

See our course schedule for classes open for registration in manufacturing, construction and trades.

Welding and supportive courses are placed on our schedule throughout the year. If you are seeking a course you can't find online in our schedule please contact us at 612-659-6500 or continuinged@minneapolis.edu.

We also offer a number of classes in sculptural welding, blacksmithing, glasswork, jewelry making and more through a partnership with the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center.

WIA Funding

Many of our courses are eligible for WIA funding from the State of Minnesota. Eligible Minnesotans can use federal WIA funds to pay for training programs that are WIA certified. WIA certified training programs include registered apprenticeship programs with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Apprenticeship Unit.

Customize it!

We can work with you to design tailored classes that meet your specific training needs. Our customized training can be eligible for a wide variety of funding sources and we frequently work with both businesses and nonprofit partners in workforce development.

For more information about courses or customized training contact us at 612-659-6500 or continuinged@minneapolis.edu.


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