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 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.

KCC offers a certificate and an associate degree in Industrial Electricity and Electronics, as well as the more generalized Trades certificate and associate degree geared towards company-sponsored students.

The Industrial Trades Certificate is not eligible for financial aid.

Welding Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Due to the risks presented by COVID-19, all students are required to provide their own PPE for use in the welding lab. Students will not be allowed to weld in the lab without this gear.

PPE can be purchased directly from Airgas, who have a branch on Dickman Rd. Contact the welding instructors if unsure about any equipment purchases.

The following items are needed, with an estimated cost of $125 to $150 excluding shoes.

  • Safety glasses
  • Work boots
  • Welding helmet (Lincoln 1740 helmet or similar)
  • Welding jacket (green fire-resistant type jacket, not brand specific)
  • Welding gloves
  • Oxy-fuel face shield (#5, not brand specific)

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.

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 one credit apiece and can be completed at a student’s own pace in a matter of hours or days. Units range from 1 to 30 modules, depending on the area of instruction.

Unit Title Credits
Unit 05 Basics of Welding 0.43
Unit 10 Oxyacetylene Welding 1.54
Unit 15 Cutting Processes 0.79
Unit 20 Brazing and Soldering 0.92
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
Full course listings Spring 2022

Transfer Opportunities

Transfer Guides are available to view 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.

For additional advice on transfer opportunities, contact our academic advising department.