Welding/Pipefitting Technology

Program Description

Our Welding program provides tremendous opportunities for students to enter a high skill, high wage career. Welding is the most common method for permanently bonding metal. Due to its strength, welding is used to construct and repair cars, appliances and may other products. In construction, welding is used to join pipes, beams, and reinforcing rods. Currently, the Saginaw Career Complex welding program is offered in cooperation with Plumbers and Steamfitters, Local 85. Program emphasis is on SMAW, GTAW, and structural and pipe welding. Due to an increase in industrial construction, there are numerous opportunities for skilled welders in the Saginaw region.

Program Content

    Personal Management and Employability Skills
    Welding Fundamentals
    Welding Detail Drawings & Print Reading
    Metal Characteristics & Properties
    Fundamental of Cutting Processes
    Oxyfuel Cutting
    GMAW/FCAW Equipment & Setup
    SMAW Equipment & Setup
    Welding Joining Fit-up and Adjustment
    Weld Quality
    GTAW Carbon Steel Pipe
    GTAW Low Allow & Stainless Steel Pipe
    GTAW Aluminum Pipe
    GMAW/FCAW Equipment & Setup
    FCAW Pipe
    SMAW – Open Root Pipe Welds
    SMAW – Stainless Steel Groove and Pipe Welds
    Air Carbon Arc Cutting and Gouging
    Plasma Arc Cutting

Special Features

Apprenticeship Opportunities with the Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 85.

Students may participate in SkillsUSA, a national organization that provides opportunities to develop teamwork, personal leadership, and career skills needed by employers.

Unpaid work experience

Tech Prep Program


4 cr. Welding Technology


3 cr. Welding Technology
1 cr. Problem Solving in Mathematics
Credit Visual, Performing, and Applied Arts requirement

CTE Program Completers can exchange:
Credit World Language
Credit 3rd Year Science

College Credit

Welding Technology

Institution Program Articulated Course
Alpena Community College* Welding, Brazing and Soldering MET 123 (Welding Processes)

MET 124 (Welding Processes)

Baker College (Flint) Welding WELD101 (Welding Principles)

WELD116 (Gas Metal Arc Welding)

WELD126 (Shielded Metal Arc Welding)

Davenport University Technical Engineering Systems Pathway GNBS (General Business Credit)
Delta College A.A.S. Welding Engineering Technology WELD101 (Exploratory Oxy-Fuel Welding & Cutting)

WELD102 (Exploratory Shielded Metal Arc Welding)

WELD103 or SKWL 103 (Intro to Plasma, Carbon Arc & Fuel Gas Welding)

WELD104 or SKWL104 (Intro Shielded Metal Arc Welding)

WELD106 (Exploratory Gas Tungsten Arc Welding)

WELD108 (Exploratory Gas Metal ARC Welding)

WELD120 (Beginning Industrial Blueprint Reading)

Ferris State University ** Welding Technology WELD113 (Welding Processes Lab)
Kirkland Community College** AAS Mechatronics Industrial Technician, AAS Welding & Fabrication, AAS Technology Management WELD11000 (Welding Fundamentals)
Mid-Michigan Community College** Welding Technology/Welder WLD126 (Basic Welding I)

WLD127 (Basic Welding II)

Student Certifications

CareerSafe Safety Education Training
Personal Management & Employability Skills

Program Requirements

Safety Shoes
Eye Protection (provided for nonprescription
Proper Work Clothes
Good Hand-Eye Coordination, Eyesight, & Depth Perception
Mechanical Aptitude
Good Physical Condition
Ability to Pay Careful Attention to Detail and Follow Instructions Closely
Students Will Be Selected to Participate in this Course Offering

Career Possibilities

Fabrication Shop Welder, Fabrication Shop Fitter, Mine Maintenance Welder, Industrial Plant Welder, Pipe Fitter, Pipe Welder, Plate Welder,, Boilermaker Welder, Pipefitter Welder, Pipeline Welder, Combination Welder, Welding Machine Operator