MTI's Journeyman Welder Program
Are you looking for a career that can offer exciting opportunities such as travel, building structures with your hands, and working in a variety of different environments? Midwest Technical Institute (MTI) can provide you with the welding training you need to pursue a career in this essential skilled trade industry.
Journeyman Welder Program Overview
Welding trade school is your first step toward pursuing a hands-on career in this exciting field. Here’s what you can expect when you attend Midwest Technical Institute (MTI) for your welding training:
Hands-On Welding Training
MTI’s Journeyman Welder Program trains students in the following welding processes:
- Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
- Gas Tungsten Arc Gas Welding (GTWA/TIG)
- Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW/MIG)
- Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
The welding instructors at MTI bring real-world experience to the weld shop, using hands-on instruction and one-on-one interaction to provide students skills in:
Pipe Welding | Manufacturing | Cranes/Rigging | Pipefitting
Welding classes at MTI also include:
- Field & Shop Safety
- Properties & Cutting Techniques of Metal
- Welding Metallurgy / Vocabulary
- Basic Blueprint Readings
- MTI Journeyman Welder Certification Tests
Students interested in additional hands-on pipe fitting training can enroll in the Journeyman Welder II Program. This program teaches the same curriculum as the Journeyman Welder Program but also includes an additional 10 weeks of pipefitting classes.
MTI JOURNEYMAN WELDER CERTIFICATIONS
- Bevel Plate 6010-7018 (SMAW)
- 6″ SCH. 40 pipe 6010-7018 (SMAW)
- 2″ SCH. 80 pipe 6010-7018 (SMAW)
- 6″ SCH. 40 pipe ER70s -7018 (GTAW) (SMAW)
- 2″ SCH. 80 pipe ER70s -7018 (GTAW) (SMAW)
- 1/2″ plate w/ backing strip (GMAW)
- 1/2″ plate w/ backing strip (FCAW)
- 3″ SCH. 10 stainless steel pipe 316 (GTAW) with purge
Find Welding Training Near You
Find an accredited welder training program near you at one of MTI’s four campus locations.
What Makes the Journeyman Welder Program at MTI Different?
Get hands-on training in a real weld shop environment
Earn the MTI welding certifications you need in just 7 months
All MTI welding instructors have real-world experience
Small class sizes and no general education courses required
Lifetime job placement assistance is available to all qualified graduates
Financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to students who qualify
Flexible class schedules are available
Quick Facts: Welding Training Program
As the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics describes them, “welders work in a wide variety of industries, from car racing to manufacturing. The work that welders do and the equipment they use vary with the industry. Arc welding, the most common type of welding today, uses electrical currents to create heat and bond metals together—but there are more than 100 different processes that a welder can use. The type of weld normally is determined by the types of metals being joined and the conditions under which the welding is to take place.”
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2020, the median annual wage for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers was $44,190. According to BLS data, the highest 10 percent earned more than $66,250. Wages may vary by work experience and skill level.
MTI’s Journeyman Welder graduates work across the country in manufacturing, construction, and maintenance fields. They are employed as boilermakers, pipefitters, structural welders, and many other welding-related jobs. As job opportunities may vary in terms of your personal experience, attending a qualified welding trade school may provide increased career versatility.
For more information on welding work environments, visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Why Journeyman Welder Training?
A journeyman welder works along with a pipefitter, and both occupations require a hands-on education like the MTI Journeyman Welder Programs provide. The instructors have real-world experience and each welding program can be completed in less than a year. The pipefitter training is incorporated into the Journeyman Welder II program, offering additional career opportunities. Watch this 2-minute video to learn more about Midwest Technical Institute’s 40-week Journeyman Welder II Program, including pipe fitting.
Midwest Technical Institute offers a variety of financing options to qualifying students. Financial Aid Representatives are available at each of our campuses to assist you. Please contact your nearest MTI campus today to learn more.
Enrollment and outcome information for all Illinois-based campuses and the ACCSC annual reports for each program in Adobe PDF format. Please note, all programs are not offered at all campuses. For annual details, please visit our Journeyman Welder enrollment and outcomes page.
Journeyman Welder Careers
Midwest Technical Institute is an Illinois welding school that offers a Journeyman Welder Program. Graduates of the Journeyman Welder Program work nationwide in manufacturing, construction, and maintenance fields. The welding programs offer MTI journeyman welder certifications that give each graduate the skills to enter a number of fields across the welding industry. These fields include careers as boilermakers, pipefitters, structural welders, and other welding-related jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the job outlook for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers will increase by 8% from 2020 to 2030. *www.bls.gov
As a welding technical school, MTI is an alternative to 4-year college that helps prepare future journeyman welders to meet the demands of today’s employers. Journeyman welders may also pursue careers as traveling welders and shipbuilders, all without the requirement of a college degree.
MTI is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools & Colleges (ACCSC).
MTI is approved by the United States Department of Education to participate in the Federal Financial Aid Program.
MTI is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education: 1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333, Springfield, IL 62701. For more info: www.ibhe.org
Midwest Technical Institute is approved to operate by the Missouri Department of Higher Education.