Journeyman Welder Program Overview
The Journeyman Welder Program prepares students for entry-level employment in the welding field. MTI’s welding training provides the student the skills and hands-on training needed to become a proficient pipe welder using SMAW and TIG processes. MTI’s welding instructors have real-world experience, and teach students MIG and flux core welding, and use hands-on instruction and interaction to provide students skills in pipe welding and manufacturing.
Welding classes also teach field and shop safety, pipe fitting skills and basic blueprint readings. The Journeyman Welder Program offers a greater scope of welding processes and allows the student additional time to become polished in a certain specialty.
Students will receive MTI welding certification (see MTI Journeyman Welder Certifications section below) and, upon meeting graduation requirements of the program, the student will receive a diploma.
*Not all programs and courses are available at all campuses.
• Cutting Techniques of Metal
• Production Welding Techniques
• Safety Training / Cranes / Rigging
• Metallurgy / Vocabulary
• Basic Math / Basic Fitting Principles
*Certain subjects may be taken out of numerical sequence to accommodate class scheduling policies.
6″ SCH. 40 pipe 6010-7018 (SMAW)
2″ SCH. 80 pipe 6010-7018 (SMAW)
6″ SCH. 40 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
Journeyman Welder FAQ
- According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “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.” *www.bls.gov
- The median annual wage for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers was $42,490 in May 2019. *www.bls.gov
- 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.
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.
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 3% from 2019 to 2029. *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