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About the Program

The Welding program provides students with real-world experience in addition to the ability to graduate with certifications sought by employers. The curriculum offers practical skills in welding theory and welding practice. A wide range of skills surrounding welding and sheet metal are presented. The students will be trained in many forms of welding using up-to-date equipment. 

Hours and experience can be used toward attaining an apprenticeship and Ironworker Journeyman's License following completion of the program.

​Course Content

Part I

  • Safety
  • Hand and Power Tools
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
  • Oxy Aceltylene
  • Plasma Cutting
  • American Welding Society (AWS) 3G or 4G (required to pass to Part II.)

Part II

  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
  • Gas Welding
  • Arc Welding
  • Gas-Shielded Welding
  • Semi-Automatic Welding

Part III

  • Weld and Fabricate Using SMAW and GMAW
  • Structural Fabrication

Collaboration with MassHire and Commonwealth Corporation

Minuteman Technical Institute is offering the CNC Machine Operator program for through a collaboration with Commonwealth Corporation, the MassHire Career Centers, and the Governor’s Workforce Skills Cabinet.

MassHire Career Centers will support trainees through the application and eligibility process, provide employment assistance, and 90 days of support upon completion of the program.

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Summer Schedule:  For recent high school graduates.

  • June 20, 2024 - August 22, 2024
  • 200-Hour Program
  • Classes meet Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Fall 2024 Schedule:

  • September 10, 2024 - December 18, 2024
  • 290-Hour Program
  • Classes meet Monday through Thursday from 4:00-9:00 PM
  • Days and times subject to adjustment.

In addition to classroom time, students are required to participate in online course work.


This training is provided COST-FREE for the following Massachusetts residents:

  • Anyone who is unemployed
  • Middlesex County residents who earn less than $63,900 gross annually
  • Suffolk County residents who earn less than $45,500 gross annually
  • Worcester County residents who earn less than $46,700 gross annually
  • Essex County residents who earn less than $50,000 gross annually
  • Most recent high school graduates

The Welding program is supported by grant funding from the Massachusetts Workforce Skills Cabinet.

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Industry Certifications - 290 Hour Program

  • MTI Metal Fabrication/Welding Certificate
  • OSHA 30-Hour Construction Safety
  • American Welding Society (AWS) D1.1
  • Mass. Highway D1.5 (pending)
  • Stainless Steel

Career Pathways

  • Apprentice Welders
  • Boilermaker
  • Commercial Diver Welder
  • Equipment and Supply Sales
  • Iron Worker
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Metal Fabricators
  • Pipefitter
  • Service Representatives
  • Welders
  • Welding Engineer
  • Welding Inspector

Career Salaries

  • Entry Level Salary: $33,380
  • Potential Salary: $60,000+
  • 2017 Mean Salary: $51,240
  • Job Growth Rate: 6%

*Salary information provided by Bureau of Labor Statistics and Massachusetts Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Requirements to Take Course

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Eligible to work in United States
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Pass CORI/SORI (criminal and sex offender background check)
  • Pass drug test