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Welding Basics for Entry Level Manufacturing

Course Description

This is a beginning theory and practice course which will introduce the safe operations and applications of oxyacetylene, torch cutting, plasma cutting, Shielded Metal Arc Welding and Gas Metal Arc Welding. Practice will consist of these methods of joining steel in the horizontal, flat and vertical positions. Destructive testing will also be provided

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Participants accepted into Get a Skill, Get a Job will participate in a rigorous two-week, full-time training program. If they complete the program successfully, they will receive a certificate of completion verifying their competencies. If those who complete the program are unable to secure employment within 12 months, LCC will refund their cost. We expect entry into this program to be highly competitive. Applicants will be pre-screened to ensure the highest probability of their success and future employment.


Applicants must pass a pre-screen drug test as a requirement of the application process. Participants accepted into the program will sign a Learning Contract requiring their full attendance and successful completion of assigned work. After completing the program, participants must also make good faith efforts to secure employment and provide proof to the college of their efforts. Participants who do not complete these requirements will be ineligible for a refund.

Program areas include:

  • Welding Safety & Fundamentals
  • Oxyacetylene Cutting (OAC)
  • SMAW Fundamentals
  • SMAW E6010 and SMAW E7018
  • Plasma Arc & Air Carbon Arc Cutting
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding

Cost: $250 - Financial aid is available

Total Hours:  64 hours

Average Wage: 

Entry level Welding salaries range from $10-15 dollars an hour. Wages can increase, with education and experience to hourly earnings of cutters, solderers and brazers between $16-$17 per hour. As with all jobs, wages vary depending on education, experience and location.


December 29, 30, January 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9


Lansing Community College West Campus facilities

5708 Cornerstone Drive
Lansing, 48917
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8am – 5pm (1 hour lunch each day on your own)

Target Audience:

Participants interested in entering the field of Welding


Participants must score a level 4 (Silver) on the WorkKey Readiness Certificate OR a WorkKey level 3 (Bronze) and enroll in online enrichment courses.


Basic Welding skills will be assessed upon the completion of training.

Career Pathways:

Two out of three welding, soldering and brazing jobs are found in manufacturing. Jobs are found in transportation equipment manufacturing (motor vehicle body and parts and ship and boat building), machinery manufacturing (agriculture, construction and mining machinery), and architectural and structural metals manufacturing, piping industry and aircraft industry.

Estimated Program Timeline

Welding Basics

Welding Information Sessions

December 1, 2 (CAMW)

December 15, 16 (LCC West Campus)

Capital Area Michigan Works!

December 1 - 10am-noon

December 2 - 1pm-3pm

LCC West Campus

December 15 - 10am-4pm

December 16 - 10am-4pm

December 1, 2014

Application Open

December 16th

Application Deadline

December 17,18,19

Candidate Interviews Conducted

December 19th

Notification of Acceptance into Program

December 23rd

Learning and Payment Contracts Due, Payment Due

December 29, 2014 - January 9, 2015

Training dates are as follows:
December 29, 30, 2014; January 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 2015

January 9, 2015

Last Day of Class

For more information, contact LCC's Business & Community Institute at (517) 483-1857or

* Please Note: This initial pilot program is offered at a reduced rate. Financial assistance may be available for qualified applicants through the Capital Area Michigan Works!