Launch Manufacturing

    Program Description

    This program provides hands-on experiences gained from extensive practice and application of knowledge in shop safety, oxy-fuel welding and burning, arc welding, (stick, MIG, TIG), plasma arc cutting, and automatic shape cutting. Layout and fit-up, blueprint reading, and weld symbols are used to fabricate a variety of metal projects. The American Welding Society (AWS) recognizes the Tech Campus Welding program as an Educational Instruction Member.

  • What will my classes be like?

    Seeing a project start as a blueprint and end as a metal masterpiece using torch power is just the start. You'll work with a number of different metals like steel and aluminum. MIG, TIG, stick, plasma, laser beam, electron beam, oxyacetylene, and electric arc are some of the welding techniques used to join metal together. Does melting metal and fusing it together at a few thousand degrees sound exciting to you? Welding is used on ocean liners to mountain bikes, construction equipment to race cars, and oil platforms to space shuttles. Welding holds the world together, so get fired up about a hot career in welding.

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    Students in this class are eligible to receive 12 college credits from the College of Lake County.

    Year 1:

    • WLD 113 - Welding Blueprint Reading, 3 credits
    • WLD 170 - General Welding, 3 credits

    Year 2:

    • WLD 171 - Gas Welding, Cutting, and Brazing, 3 credits
    • WLD 172 - Shielded Metal Arc Welding, 3 credits



    • AWS Certification
    • SP2 Certifications


    Job Opportunities

    • Code Pipe, Plate, or Structural Welder
    • Construction Welder or Maintenance Welder
    • Construction Apprentice
    • Maintenance Welder Apprentice
    • Mass Production Welder/Weld Tacker
    • Pipe Fitter Apprentice
    • Robot Welder Technician
    • Structural Iron Worker Apprentice
    • Welder Inspector/Tester
    • Welder's Assistant/Welder Assembler
    • Welding Engineer
    • Welding Foreman/Supervisor
    • Welding Instructor
    • Welding Production Manager