Get prepared for a hands-on career in the welding workforce. Moraine Valley provides training from certified welding inspectors who are industry professionals and offers welding classes for all skill levels. Students are trained under current industry, structural steel, pipe, and pressure codes.
Many of our graduates have gone on to work in the Pile Drivers Union, Meyer Tool and Pipe fitters Local 597.
This program is approved for dual enrollment. The Dual Enrollment Program allows you to take classes at Moraine Valley and earn college credit while you're still in high school (with permission from your high school guidance counselor).
Welders are employed by manufacturing, fabrication, maintenance and construction companies. They are important to help ensure the safety of the infrastructure in communities by repairing and rebuilding bridges, highways, buildings and more.
Trained welders are required due to new government regulations and personal safety requirements that dictate stricter codes. Also, more products have emerged requiring certified and qualified welders.
Moraine Valley certificates will help you be more marketable.
Employment of welders, cutters, solderers and brazers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The nation’s aging infrastructure will require the expertise of welders, cutters, solderers and brazers to help rebuild bridges, highways and buildings.
Moraine Valley has two full-time welding instructors and four part-time adjunct instructors.
Greer is a senior certified welding inspector and has a Master of Science degree from Chicago State University. He is a former president of the American Welding Society (2004-2005) and is currently the president of the Techno-Weld Welding Consultants. Greer earned an Associate in Science degree from Moraine Valley Community College.
Viar is a certified welding inspector and earned the Certified Welding Inspector of the Year Award in 2016. He earned his Advanced Welding Certificate from Moraine Valley in 2001.
This program prepares students for employment in the welding field. Students gain experience in SMAW (stick), gas metal arc welding (mig), gas tungsten arc welding (tig), brazing, braze welding, oxy fuel and plasma cutting. Metallurgy, welding print interpretation, electrical welding circuits, and related safety procedures are also covered. Advanced training in pipe welding using the shielded metal arc process or advanced training in industrial problems are offered as options to this certificate.
Once students gain employment and experience in the welding field, this education helps them be eligible for advancement in the workforce.
This program prepares students for employment in the welding field. Students gain experience in SMAW (stick), gas metal arc welding (mig), gas tungsten arc welding (tig), submerged arc welding flux, cored arc welding, brazing, braze welding, oxy fuel and plasma cutting. Welding print interpretation, electrical welding circuits, and related safety procedures are also covered.
Once students gain employment and experience in the field of welding, this education gives them the tools for a successful career.
This program prepares the student for a career as an entry-level welder with specific skills required for their individual preference.
This program prepares the student for a career as an entry-level welder with basic knowledge of several types of welding techniques.
This program prepares the student for a career as an entry-level welder with specific pipe welding skills required for the pipe welders union.
This program prepares the student for a career as a basic stick welder. It will give the student a step up on entering the welding field.
|Program Name||Type of Credential||Curriculum Code||Department or Division|
|Individualized Welding||Certificate||1530||Mechanical Technologies|
|Multi-Process Welding||Certificate||1532||Mechanical Technologies|
|Pipe Welding||Certificate||1531||Mechanical Technologies|
|Shielded Metal Arc Welding||Certificate||1529||Mechanical Technologies|
|Welding, Advanced||Certificate||1229||Mechanical Technologies|
|Welding, Combination||Certificate||1230||Mechanical Technologies|