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).

What Can I Do With Welding Certificates?

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.

Job Outlook

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.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics

Meet the Faculty

Moraine Valley has two full-time welding instructors and four part-time adjunct instructors.

Jim Greer is a former President of The American Welding Society.

Jim Greer is a former president of the American Welding Society.

Jim Greer
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.

Moraine Valley Community College welding instructors Amanda Young and Dave Viar X-rayed elephants at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History.

Moraine Valley Community College welding instructors Amanda Young and Dave Viar X-rayed elephants at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History.

David Viar
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.

Welding Advanced Certificate

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.

Welding Combination Certificate

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.

Individualized Welding Certificate

This program prepares the student for a career as an entry-level welder with specific skills required for their individual preference.

Multi-Process Welding Certificate

This program prepares the student for a career as an entry-level welder with basic knowledge of several types of welding techniques.

Pipe Welding Certificate

This program prepares the student for a career as an entry-level welder with specific pipe welding skills required for the pipe welders union.

Shielded Metal Arc Welding Certificate

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 Details

Program NameType of CredentialCurriculum CodeDepartment or Division
Individualized WeldingCertificate1530Mechanical Technologies
Multi-Process WeldingCertificate1532Mechanical Technologies
Pipe WeldingCertificate1531Mechanical Technologies
Shielded Metal Arc WeldingCertificate1529Mechanical Technologies
Welding, AdvancedCertificate1229Mechanical Technologies
Welding, CombinationCertificate1230Mechanical Technologies

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Konnor Parrish (Oak Lawn), shared his educational journey while on a panel for the Illinois Project Lead the Way meeting.

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