Get undeniable, highly sought-after skills in our Welding and Fabricating CC or AAS program and be worth more money soon!
Welding and Fabricating is offered at Kirtland Gaylord.
Median Salary (2018) in Michigan: $37,450
Employment growth trends (2016-26): 5% to 9%
Median Salary (2018) in Michigan: $42,880
Employment growth trends (2016-26): -2% or lower
The median salary for career opportunities from this program according to O*NET Online.
What will you learn?
You’ll learn skills way past the basics of all things Welding and Fabricating. You’ll learn how to use the latest tools and tech and be ready to work in an industry that requires education and training for well-paying jobs these days. You’ll learn what you need to take and pass the American Welding Society Welder Performance Qualification Tests.
The job outlook in Welding and Fabrication is predicted to continue to grow. We’ve seen demand for certified welders all over the country — and there’s lots of demand close to home. Employers tell us they’d add another shift if they had more people trained and certified. With your Welding and Fabrication Certificate of Completion or AAS degree, you’ll be in high demand! We can help you make the list for a lot of different job options, like jobs in:
- automotive shops
- tool shops
- open your own shop someday
A certificate is a valuable credential to have — and we’re ready to support your continuing education with an Associate in Applied Science degree if you want to go beyond the certification level. Either way, we can help get you there. Graduates of our programs consistently earn spots at the top of qualified employee hiring lists.
Does more money sound good?
This is one of those career paths that becomes more accessible with a certificate or degree. You might have a knack for this kind of work — but you’ll need credentials to make more money and enhance the quality of your life (to the tune of about $40,000/yr. if you do the AAS degree).
With classes and labs at the M-TEC in Gaylord, you’ll also have opportunities for internships to help hone your skills. You can choose to earn a certificate that comes with the opportunity to earn up to five industry certificates through the American Welding Society within a year. If you take it a step further and earn your Associate in Applied Science, you’ll have the potential to earn up to nine industry certificates.
Either way (CC or AAS), you will be ready for a promotion or a new job as soon as you are certified. We’ll help you become more proficient so you can develop a successful career. The program comes with one-on-one instructor support, peer support, tutoring, experts in the industry willing to share what they know, and valuable industry partnerships that will help you form critical relationships with employers!
This program is for people who:
- have great eye/hand coordination
- are comfortable with technology
- interested in earning industry certificates
- like to create on-the-fly and have an eye for “what works”
- are considering a welding business
A Day in the Life of a Welder
Welding is more than a craft. It’s an art that’s in high demand. And will set you up for a bright career. And a bright future.
What’s distinctive about our Welding and Fabricating program?
- The lab is built around some of the newest equipment and industry-current technology.
- Local contractors offer internships.
- Your hands-on learning will begin on the first day.
- Our instructors are certified.
- It’s part of our dual-enrollment program with area high schools so students can start learning a vital skill and save a ton of money in the process.
Ready to get started?
Let us help you earn the certificate(s) or degree you need and want so your skills are worth more money! Get started today. Our admissions, registration, advising and financial services staff are ready to help you now!