School of Welding at MTI

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? The School of Welding at Midwest Technical Institute (MTI) offers the hands-on welding training program you need to pursue a career in this skilled trade industry.

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Daytime and evening classes available

What Makes the Welding Program at MTI Different?


Hands-On Focused

Get hands-on training in a real weld shop environment

Duration 7 months

Accelerated Training

Earn the MTI welding certifications you need in just 7 months

Experienced Instructors

Experienced Instructors

All MTI welding instructors have real-world experience

Evening Classes

Evening Classes Available

Flexible class times that work for your busy schedule

Employment Preparation

Employment Preparation

No general education courses required, students will learn the skills required for entry-level employment

Career Placement

Career Placement

Career counseling & placement assistance is available to all qualified graduates

Welding Program at MTI

MTI’s welding school offers two programs: Welding and Welding & Pipefitting. Each welding program features hands-on training and prepares you to work in the welding industry using arc welding (SMAW, TIG, MIG, and FCAW) techniques. The Welding Program can be completed in less than a year and is ideal if you’re looking to learn the welding skills you need to start your career as an entry-level welder. If you’re interested in receiving additional pipefitting training, check out the Welding & Pipefitting Program. The School of Welding at MTI is an alternative to traditional college that allows you to pursue an exciting career path, such as traveling welder or shipbuilder, and spend less time and money compared to earning a 4-year college degree.


MTI’s Welding Program trains students in 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)

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 Welding Certification Tests

If you’re interested in additional hands-on pipefitting training, check out the Welding & Pipefitting Program. This program teaches the same curriculum as the Welding Program, but also includes an additional 10 weeks of pipefitting classes.

MTI’s welding certifications help employers validate your welding skills, and can potentially help increase your employability in the welding industry.

MTI Welding 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

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Ready to learn more about MTI’s hands-on training programs? Give us a call or fill out the form to get more information.

Financial Assistance

Financial Aid Team

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.

Scholarship Opportunities

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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.

Careers in Welding

The Welding Program prepares you for a variety of entry-level welding careers. MTI graduates have worked across several industries, including but not limited to, manufacturing, construction, and maintenance. The welding industry offers many different career paths, such as structural steel welder, sheet metal worker, boilermaker, industrial maintenance welder, industrial shutdown welder, rig welders, pipefitters, motorsports welders, shipyard welders, military welders, and even underwater welders.

welding training programs at MTI

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Welding Program Overview

Welding school is your first step toward pursuing a career in the welding industry. Here’s what you can expect when you attend MTI for your welding training:

7 months (30 weeks)
Daytime and evening classes available
750 clock hours / 186 additional outside clock hours
27 semester credits

Quick Facts: Welding Training Program

Welders are skilled tradespeople who play an important role in the construction and manufacture of infrastructure and products. Welders use over 100 different techniques to fuse metals and other types of materials together. They work in a diverse range of fields, constructing everything from ships and spacecraft to computers and commercial goods. In fact, welding is essential to the manufacturing of many U.S. products.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2022, the median annual wage for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers was $47,540. According to BLS data, the highest 10 percent earned more than $68,750. Wages may vary by work experience and skill level.

MTI’s welding 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. Welding job opportunities vary, depending on skill level and experience, so earning a welding education and/or certifications can help increase your employability.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects about 42,600 job openings for welders each year, on average, over the decade (2022-2032).

For more information on MTI program costs, please contact Financial Aid or visit Tuition & Cost.

Check out the Welding FAQ for the answers to frequently asked questions about welders!

Enrollment & Outcomes

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 Welding enrollment and outcomes page.

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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.