Welding Diploma Program
03/2020: All programs have been converted to online. Enrollment and financial aid can be done from home. You can start your program ONLINE at Rockford Career College today. The College moved to online instruction for all our programs to be in compliance with Governor J.B. Pritzker’s executive order.
Don’t postpone enrolling. Use your time wisely and enroll today. Start with our new online lectures, then complete the hands-on training when in-school classes resume.
HS diploma not required to enter the program.
What Is Welding?
Welding is the process of joining metal parts into one individual unit through the use of heat. Welders is the professional term typically associated with those who perform welding as part of their job function. Welding is a highly skilled job that requires training prior to entering the profession. in many cases, those seeking welding jobs will need to perform hands-on welding tests to gain employment in the industry. As a welder, it is important that you understand safety guidelines to avoid personal injury and keep coworkers safe. As a part of your welding duties, you may be required to interpret blueprints, perform basic calculations, maintain equipment and inspect the quality of the structures you are performing. If you like problem solving and working with your hands, while also enjoying a growing career field, welding may be the perfect career option for you.
What Career Options Are Available in Welding?
Welders use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations or seams of fabricated metal products. Welders work in a variety of construction and manufacturing environments, including on ships and on pipelines. Some of the industries that employ Welders include, manufacturing, wholesale trade, repair and maintenance, construction, engineering and specialty contracting. Welders may be employed in large companies or small-to-medium sized businesses or even in some cases be self-employed and run their own business. Basically, anywhere that requires the welding function will typically employ welders.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs for welders in Illinois is expected to increase by five percent.1
How Do I Start A Career in Welding?
Welding is a great career choice for anyone who enjoys working with their hands and fixing a wide number of on-the-job problems. Welders are highly skilled and a great way to get the training you need is through the Rockford Career College degree program. Rockford Career College is conveniently located in downtown Rockford, Illinois. Our hands-on Welding program can be completed in as little as 10 months. A high school diploma is not required to enter the program.
The diploma program in Welding is designed to provide an opportunity for students to develop knowledge and skills relevant and required in to work as a welder. This includes mastery of various skills such as: essentials of welding theory, SMAW and GTAW specifics, thermal cutting, and general craft and trade skills. Students will also have the opportunity to explore, practice and apply skills in successful study strategies and time management and professional preparation for the field.
This program will provide students with the opportunity to:
- Gain knowledge and understanding of current theories and uses of welding techniques and skills
- Review and practice general trade and craft skills
- Gain competency in SMAW and GTAW, GMAW and FCAW plates and fillets
- Gain competency in pipe welds
Thermal cutting and metal preparation techniques and skills.
Why Choose Our College?
For 150 years, Rockford Career College has provided training for companies to grow and for people to advance in their respective careers. Over the years, we have kept pace with the needs of businesses to ensure that the skills they need are the skills we teach. All of us here at Rockford Career College are here to help you succeed, whether it’s our free tutoring, helpful financial aid options, or connecting you with businesses for that great job. We may have changed names and locations over the years, but our goal remains the same: To prepare you for quick entry into the workforce.
Financial Aid available to those who qualify.
Program Length - 10 Months
After you complete the Welding Diploma Program, you could continue with our online, 7-month Construction Management Associate Degree completion program. That's only 17 months total to get an associate degree
1 onetonline.org/link/51-4121.00, retrieved 2/11/2020
Classes in the program include instruction in a variety of skills such as welding theory, SMAW and GTAW specifics, welding safety, thermal cutting, and general craft and trade skills. Students will have the opportunity to explore, practice and apply skills, and learn successful study strategies and time management to prepare them for the field.
Welders use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations or seams of fabricated metal products. Welders work in a variety of construction and manufacturing environments, including on ships and on pipelines.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor predicts 128,500 new welders will be needed between 2014 and 2024.1
1U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-2015 Edition, Job Outlook, retrieved 4/26/16