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Welding/Fabrication Technician, Certificate of Completion

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GRCC Job Training Choices (non credit)

18 Weeks


As a production welder, your job may include basic duties such as cutting, brazing and welding of various metal components as well as more advanced duties such as MIG and TIG welding using aluminum and stainless steel.  Welders need to have an understanding of metallurgy.  American Welding Quality Standards, and welding equipment maintenance.  To be most effective in the manufacturing environment today, you will need to be able to read blueprints, perform basic shop math, read measurement tools, and communicate effectively with others using current welding terminology.

Course Recommendations:

The applicant should have the desire to work in a manufacturing environment.  The ability to work with others, good hand/eye coordination and manual dexterity are also needed.


See Job Training Web site.

Course Outline:

  • Introduction/Shop Safety/Tools
  • Basic Welding Theory
  • Math and Measuring
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Shielded-Metal Arc Welding, Test Plates
  • Oxyacetylene Welding, All Joints
  • Gas-metal Arc Welding (MIG), Steel
  • Gas-metal Arc Welding (MIG), Aluminum
  • Flux-cored Arc Welding (FCAW)
  • Gas-tungsten Arc Welding (TIG), Steel, Aluminum, Stainless Steel
  • Plasma-Arc Cutting
  • Submerged Arc Welding
  • Computer Operation
  • Teamwork and Communication Skills

Contact: Job Training

(616) 234-3800

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Grand Rapids Community College has been committed to creating an educated workforce by offering occupational programs that lead to gainful employment.  We invite you to learn the job outlook for the Welding/Fabrication Technician, Certificate of Completion program, our completion rates, and financial cost associated with completion.

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