Welding and Metal Fabrication

Student wearing welding mask performing a welding project
  • This is a short-term, flexible program––you can earn your 30-credit welding certificate in just one year by taking either day or evening classes!
  • Small class sizes provide lots of one-on-on attention from instructors and hands-on learning experiences.
  • Minneapolis College's Welding and Metal Fabrication program is an excellent stepping-stone for further education in the manufacturing and engineering fields with the capacity for advancement.
  • Welder certifications are available to students in multiple processes to American Welding Society Standards.
  • Students participate in Behind the Mask and Skills USA welding competitions each year.
  • American Welding Society scholarships are available.
  • The program encourages creativity; you plan and fabricate your own projects for course credit.

Program Description

Long considered an art form, metalworking is a hands-on creative learning experience where you solve problems with your mind and body. Minneapolis College's Welding and Metal Fabrication program provides you with the technical knowledge and hands-on skills needed to gain entry-level employment in manufacturing, construction and various other industries.

Program Details

Outcomes

Occupational outlook

The job outlook for people with these skills is strong.  An iSeek search conducted in September 2014 showed Welding (SOC code 51-4121) has a projected growth above the Minnesota statewide average with a median wage of $18.95 per hour.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also reports that prospects should be good for welders trained in the latest technologies. Plus, with the retirement of the “Baby Boomer” generation, there are many skilled jobs openings and wages for those jobs continue to climb. A certificate in this field is an excellent stepping-stone for further education in the manufacturing and engineering fields with the capacity for advancement.

Potential job titles

  • Welder
  • Solderer
  • Metal Fabricator
  • Plumbers or Pipefitter
  • General Construction Worker
  • Machine Operator

Where you could work

  • Manufacturing shops
  • Metal fabrication companies
  • Your own business