Industrial Welding

Kellogg Community College welding instructor Blaine Lautzenheiser welds at the college's Regional Manufacturing Technology Center.Welding is the most common way of permanently joining metal parts. Through welding, heat is applied to metal pieces, melting and fusing them to form a permanent bond. There are a variety of welding processes, including stick, MIG and TIG. The Industrial Welding Program at Kellogg Community College prepares students to weld many different metals in various positions using each of these processes.

KCC offers the following Industrial Welding credentials:

  • Industrial Welding Certificate (25 credits)
  • Associate in Applied Science: Industrial Welding (62 credits)

For more information about KCC’s Industrial Welding Program, see:

Course Sequences

Unlike traditional academic courses, the offerings in KCC’s Industrial Welding Program consist of short modules that are components of larger units. Modules are often less than 1 credit apiece and can be completed at a student’s own pace in a matter of hours or days. Units range from one to 30 modules, depending on the area of instruction.

Industrial Welding modules carry the course designator INWE as detailed in the most recent Industrial Welding cost sheet. Units in this program include:

Unit Title Credits
Unit 5 Basics of Welding .43
Unit 10 Oxyacetylene Welding 1.54
Unit 15 Cutting Processes .79
Unit 20 Brazing and Soldering .92
Unit 25 Shielded Metal Arc Welding 4.02
Unit 30 Advanced Arc Welding 5.74
Unit 35 Welding Metallurgy 1.27
Unit 40 Gas Metal Arc Welding 2.80
Unit 45 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 5.01
Unit 50 Pipe Welding 4.37
Unit 55 Special Applications 1.68

Gainful Employment Disclosure for Certificates

For information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the Industrial Welding Certificate Program, and other important information, please review the Gainful Employment Disclosure.

The Gainful Employment Disclosure complies with the Department of Education requirement for disclosure of information about career preparation programs that result in an award at the certificate level. The intention of this information is to help students make informed career and educational choices that may lead to gainful employment. The data provided is based on enrollment from the last award year.

Transfer Opportunities

Click here to view Transfer Guides outlining opportunities for students looking to transfer their KCC credits to a four-year institution. Popular transfer destinations for KCC’s Industrial Welding students include Ferris State University, Siena Heights University and Western Michigan University.

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Industrial Welding Careers

Welders work in a variety of industries, including construction, transportation, manufacturing, aerospace, ship building and maintenance and repair services. They also work in the mining, oil and gas extraction industries. There are a host of specialties within the field of welding, including underwater, robotic and laser welding.

Possible job titles for graduates with an education in industrial welding include:

  • Fabricator
  • Maintenance technician
  • Pipefitter
  • Robotic welding technician
  • Sheet metal worker
  • Welding technician

With additional education after the program, opportunities include:

  • Business/shop owner
  • Certified welding inspector/educator (CWI or CWE)
  • Production supervisor
  • Sales manager
  • Welding engineer

Projected Job Outlook & Salary Info

For the latest employment and wage estimates for industrial welding careers in Michigan, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website at www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_mi.htm.

Why Study Industrial Welding at KCC?

KCC offers a variety of American Welding Society (AWS) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) certifications, including shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW) and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW). As part of the curriculum, KCC offers students vast amounts of hands-on training time in a state-of-the-art welding lab. As they learn to become expert welders, KCC students can expect to spend less time in the classroom and more time on the RMTC training floor mastering welding skills according to AWS standards.

RMTC Equipment & Facilities

Across Michigan, there are few facilities like the Regional Manufacturing Technology Center, which KCC started in 1990 as a way to serve the workforce needs of the industries that are active and growing in south central Michigan. Thanks to an ongoing commitment from the College, private employers and local, state and federal agencies, the RMTC is a premier provider of industrial and skilled-trades education with highly experienced instructors and top-notch equipment. Machinery used for training at the RMTC is similar or identical to the equipment that students will use in the workplace.

Self-Paced Learning

Because of the self-paced instructional model at the RMTC, students can move at their own pace through the modules and units. As their work and life schedules allow, they can spend as many or as few hours each week learning alongside our instructors, who are available in labs day and night. Click here for the Fall 2017 RMTC Lab Schedule.

Prior-Learning Credits

Students who hold a journeyman or U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) apprenticeship certificate are eligible to receive prior learning credits that can be applied toward a KCC certificate or degree.

Tour the RMTC

Prospective students have an open invitation to visit the RMTC to take a tour of the facility, meet instructors and learn more about individual programs.