Daytime and evening classes available
What Makes MTI’s Welding & Pipefitting School Different?
Weld shops that simulate real work environments
Complete your welding and pipefitting training in just 10 months
All MTI welding instructors have real-world experience
Evening Classes Available
Flexible class times that work for your busy schedule
No general education courses required, students will learn the skills required for entry-level employment
Lifetime Job Placement
Career counseling & job placement assistance is available to all qualified graduates
Welding & Pipefitting Program at MTI
A welder works alongside a pipefitter, and both professions require a unique set of skills. The School of Welding at MTI offers the Welding & Pipefitting Program to train you in both welding and pipefitting, so that you’re prepared to work in a more diverse range of job environments and roles. You will gain the basic skills that are essential to both welding and pipefitting work. The Welding & Pipefitting Program can be completed in less than a year, so that you can start a new career in less time than a traditional 2-year or 4-year college.
HANDS-ON WELDING & PIPEFITTER TRAINING
The Welding & Pipefitting Program prepares you to work both as a welder and a pipefitter through 40-weeks of hands-on training in a real weld shop environment.
Basic Fitting Principles | Basic Pipe Fitting | Advanced Pipe Fitting
You will learn the following welding processes:
- Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
- Gas Tungsten Arc Gas Welding (GTAW/TIG)
- Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW/MIG)
- Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
In addition to 30 weeks of hands-on welding training, you will receive 10 weeks of pipefitting-focused training to teach you both basic and advanced pipefitting processes. These modules are unique to MTI’s Welding & Pipefitting Program.
Basic Pipe Fitting
- Learn proper rigging & pipe hanger install
- Pull measurements for pipe runs
- Read ISO drawings
- Measure/fabricate 45-degree offsets
- Introduction to T’s and takeoffs
- Increase difficulty of pipe runs
- Fabricate 30 & 60-degree offsets
- Find unknown angles
Advanced Pipe Fitting
- Fabricate/weld saddles
- Run pipe A to B economically
- Learn more difficult ISO’s
- Explain rolling offsets
- Fabricate odd-angled fittings
- Execute multiple pipe runs/various angles
- Review all pipe applications
In addition to learning and practicing various welding and pipefitting techniques, you will earn MTI welding certifications that help employers validate your welding and pipefitting skills and potentially increase your employability.
MTI Welding & Pipefitting Certifications
- Bevel Plate 6010-7018 (SMAW)
- 6″ SCH. 40 pipe 6010-7018 (SMAW)
- 6″ SCH. 40 pipe ER70s -7018 (GTAW) (SMAW)
- 2″ SCH. 80 pipe ER70s -7018 (GTAW) (SMAW)
- 2″ SCH. 80 pipe 6010-7018 (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
MTI’s Financial Aid Team provides personalized support to students applying for federal financial aid and help with understanding all the funding options, including scholarship opportunities.
MTI is here to help you attain the funding you need to take the next step in your education. MTI’s Financial Aid Team can help match you with scholarship opportunities you may qualify for.
Pipefitting & Welding Careers
MTI’s Welding & Pipefitting Program teaches you the necessary skills to pursue a professional career in the welding and pipefitting industry. Pipefitters often work in close coordination with welders to complete various projects in construction, manufacturing, infrastructure, commercial, and related industries. Both welders and pipefitters play an important role in the industry, and there are various career opportunities for each role, including but not limited to:
- Structural steel welder
- Sheet metal worker
- Industrial maintenance welder
- Industrial shutdown welder
- Rig welders
- Motorsports welders
- Shipyard welders
- Military welders
- Underwater welders
Find Welding Training Near You
Find an accredited welding & pipefitting training school near you at one of MTI’s four campus locations.
Welding & Pipefitting Program Overview
Pipefitting and welding training is an important step toward beginning a rewarding career in the manufacturing, construction, fabrication, and maintenance industries. Here’s what you can expect when you attend Midwest Technical Institute (MTI) for your welding & pipefitting training:
Quick Facts: Welding & Pipefitting Program
Welding is the physical process of fusing together metal parts. There are several welding processes and a variety of techniques, such as arc welding.
To learn more, check out: How Long Does it Take to Become a Welder?
Pipe fitters are responsible for managing the repair and installation of pipes, many of which transport sensitive materials such as chemicals, acids, and gasses. They typically work within manufacturing, commercial, and industrial settings. As a pipefitter, you may consider specializing in one area, such as gasfitting, sprinkler fitting, or steamfitting. An accomplished pipefitter often exhibits good organizational skills, is proficient in math, and enjoys working with their hands.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports the average annual wage for welders and related workers was $47,010 as of May 2021, with the highest 10 percent of earners taking in approximately $63,660 per annual basis. The BLS reports the average annual earnings for pipefitters was roughly $59,880, with the highest 10 percent of earners garnering in excess of $99,920 each year.
Enrollment & Outcomes
Enrollment and outcome information for all Illinois-based campuses and the ACCSC annual reports for each program can be found in Adobe PDF format. Please note, all programs are not offered at all campuses. For annual details, please visit our Welding & Pipefitting enrollment and outcomes page.
- Midwest Technical Institute (MTI) is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools & Colleges (ACCSC).
- MTI is approved by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in federally-funded financial aid programs.
For more information about our accreditations and approvals, please visit: https://www.midwesttech.edu/about-us/accreditation/
Midwest Technical Institute 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.