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Welding Certification Program

IMG 2890Students in this pathway are taught by skilled instructors with industry experience and certifications using state-of-the-art equipment. Heavily embedded with valuable industry-recognized certifications, students learn important safety requirements, several welding techniques, blueprint reading, and the processes of using welding equipment.

Shielded Metal Arc Welding-SMAW (Commonly referred to as Stick/ARC welding)
: SMAW produces heat from an electric arc that is maintained between the tip of a flux-covered electrode and the surface of the base metal. SMAW can be performed in areas of limited access and in all positions. It is a viable process for joining most metals and alloys, and the equipment needed is both portable and low in cost.


Gas Metal Arc Welding-GMAW (Commonly referred to as MIG Welding): GMAW is an arc welding process that incorporates the automatic feeding of a continuous, solid consumable electrode that is shielded by an externally supplied gas. This process is used to weld most commercial metals including steel, aluminum, stainless steel, and copper, and can be used to weld in any position.

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding-GTAW (Commonly referred to as TIG Welding): GTAW produces coalescence of metals by heating them with an electric arc between a tungsten electrode and the workpiece. TIG welding produces the highest quality welds with no slag or spatter and requires little to no post-weld cleaning. TIG requires a high level of operator skill, especially on thin and intricate parts.

At the completion of the program students earn:
  • Three American Welding Society certifications (MIG, TIG and Stick)
  • Ivy Tech Certificate (CT) in Structural Welding and Technical Certificate (TC) in Welding Technology
  • Total of 34 college credit hours



Coursework in Year 1
  • WELD 100 Welding Processes
  • WELD 108 Shielded Metal Arc Welding I (SMAW/STICK)
  • WELD 206 Shielded Metal Arc Welding II (SMAW/STICK)
  • WELD 207 Gas Metal Arc Welding I (GMAW/MIG)
  • WELD 272 Gas Metal Arc Welding II (GMAW/MIG)
  • IVYT 113 Student Success in Technology

Coursework in Year 2

  • WELD 208 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding I (GTAW/TIG)
  • WELD 273 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding II (GTAW/TIG)
  • MATH 122 Applied Technical Mathematics
  • WELD 210 Welding Fabrication I
  • WELD 203 Pipe Welding I
  • WELD 271 Blueprint Reading for Welders

For additional information or to learn how you can get started, please contact your school counselor in the Student Services office.  We will post updated information and resources regarding the Welding Certification Program.  Please be sure to check back often!

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      Madison Consolidated HS
      743 Clifty Drive
      Madison, IN 47250

      Ronnie Lawhead, Interim Principal
    • Angelia Upchurch, Asst. Principal

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      Fax: 812-274-8788

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