Welding: MIG

This is a one semester 96 hour course designed to train the student in the basic principles of MIG welding. Students will operate AC-DC transformer type welding machines. Studies will include heat ranges, polarities, and the use of wire electrodes and shielding gases. Welding will be performed on mild steel in flat, horizontal, and vertical positions. Safety will be emphasized throughout the course in the use of tool and equipment. Safety glasses are required. 

Occupation Description

 A welder would be expected to handle the following repairs:

  1. Repair and installation of piping systems
  2. Mechanical systems repair
  3. Repair and construction of various metal structures

Careers Available

Welders are employed by welding contractors, repair facilities, hospitals, factories, and other maintenance companies.

Entry-Level Salary

Entry-level salary range – $24,000 to $30,000 per year

Learning Objectives

Core topics:

  • Principles of MIG welding
  • The AC-DC transformer welding machine
  • Heat ranges and polarity needed for welding various metals
  • Types and size of welding wire used for each material welded
  • Welding positions; overhead, horizontal, vertical
  • Shop safety

Through classroom lecture and hands on lab work, the student will learn the safe and practical applications of MIG welding. Training sessions are held in a technical skills welding lab/classroom.  Lab is equipped with necessary supplies and tools to teach this course and allow students to principles of MIG welding.

Recommended Courses and Skills

There are no prerequisites, but a strong mechanical ability is very important.

Helpful Personal Attributes

Should have the ability to work in a team environment, be organized, detail-oriented and problem solving..

Program Contact

For more information contact Jerry Hobson – Technical Skills Coordinator at 336.734.7726.