Our list of welding schools in Michigan offers a variety of options in welding education. Be sure to do your due diligence in researching any welding school that you intened on pursuing. Our site, Class One Welding has no affiliation with any of the schools, colleges or apprenticeships listed anywhere on this page.
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Both programs will prepare you for a welding career. The difference between the two is that the Associate’s degree offers general education classes in addition to welding classes. You will get hands on training with Stick, MIG and TIG on pipe as well as plate. Having an Associate’s Degree may not be very beneficial as an entry level welder but it can pay off in the future if going back to school or applying for managerial positions.
This Michigan welding school offers a program where you can earn an Associate Degree in Applied Science. You will get hands on welding training with stick/SMAW, GMAW/MIG and GTAW/TIG. You will also learn how to cut metal with a cutting torch, plasma cutter and semi automatic cutting equipment. In addition to plate and pipe welding you will have in classroom learning that consists of welding theory and blueprint reading.
This welding school offers a welding program where you can earn an Associate’s Degree in Welding Technology. They also have a Welding Engineering Technology program where you will earn a Bachelor’s Degree.
Kalamazoo Valley Community College has a Welding Technologies Certificate program that will give you a solid base of skills that will prepare you to weld pipe and/or plate. You will receive hands welding training with Stick, MIG, TIG and Flux Cored Arc Welding. This is a face paced program where you will have a total of eight different classes.
SchoolCraft College has an in depth welding program where you will earn an Associate’s Degree in Welding. The curriculum is well rounded and geared towards someone seeking a career as a welder. You will get hands on welding training with SMAW, MIG and TIG. I highly recommend taking some welding certification tests in addition to any program that you choose.
Northwestern Michigan College has several certificate programs with the level III certificate being the the most in depth and career oriented. In addition to Stick, MIG and TIG welding you will also learn to read blueprints and study metallurgy.
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Other options for welding training in Michigan: Welding Apprenticeships
Both the Ironworkers and Boilermakers unions offer apprenticeships to anyone living in the state of Michigan. An apprenticeship can be a great way to earn while you learn.
Apprenticeship can last anywhere between four and five years and you can earn a wage between $15-$22 per hour depending on what year apprentice you are. After the completion of your apprenticeship you will be what is called a journeyman. Journeyman earn a full wage which can range anywhere between $23 to $32 per hour. Often times health insurance is given to you at no cost and you will also collect a pension upon retirement.
An apprenticeship with the Ironworkers or Boilermakers is not strictly about just welding you will definitely become a certified welder since a large portion of their work is weld. In addition the welding you also learn about pipefitting, blueprint reading, rigging, industrial safety and other useful construction related skills. This training will take place on the job as well as in the classroom.