Although there are over 75 public and private not-for-profit schools in the state of Indiana, there are only a few of them that offer welding classes. Students can choose to earn a certificate or an associate's degree in the field, or complete a training program that does not end in an award. Many programs introduce students to a range of different welding techniques. Students will have access to equipment and materials necessary and be instructed in necessary safety procedures. Read on for more information about the schools in Indiana that offer classes in welding and the details of the available programs.
Ivy Tech Community College
With a main campus in Indianapolis, Ivy Tech Community College offers a 21-credit certificate program and a 34-credit technical certificate in welding technology. The certificate program takes 8 months to complete and covers several welding processes, including shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding and gas tungsten arc welding. The technical certificate is a one-year program that also includes courses in pipe welding and welding fabrication.
J Everett Light Career Center
Welding classes can be taken in Indianapolis at the J Everett Light Career Center. Welding students here attend courses for 1-2 years and for 2-3 hours per day. It is required that students provide their own protective clothing. Students in this program learn about welding processes involving aluminum, solid core wire, carbon steel and stainless steel. The credits from this program can be transferred to Ivy Tech for students who want to continue their education.
Midwest Technical Institute
Located in Brownsburg, Midwest Technical Institute offers a 30-week Journeyman welder program that requires over 900 hours of education and hands-on experience. All tools are provided, and enrollment in the program is available six times a year. Courses include metal properties, cutting techniques, production welding, safety training and metallurgy.
With 73 credit hours of work, students can graduate with an associate's degree in welding technology at Vincennes University in Vincennes. In the first couple of semesters of this program, students take coursework on shielded metal arc welding, manufacturing processes, oxy-acetylene welding, gas metal arc welding, drafting and blueprint reading. In the last half of the program, the curriculum requires students to be educated about weld fabrication, welding automation and welding inspection. Students who're just interested in a certificate program can find a 9-month program here. Students in the certificate program have to spend 20 hours each week in a laboratory setting receiving hands-on welding experience.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Welding Degree Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Ivy Tech Community College||2-year, public; large city|| Structural Welding Certificate,
Technical Certificate in Industrial Technology- Welding Concentration,
Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Technology
|J Everett Light Career Center||< 2-year, public; large city||Welding Course||$15,000*|
|Midwest Technical Institute_||< 2year, private/for-profit; rural||Journeyman Welder Certificate||$14,900 (tuition, fees and tools)**|
|Vincennes University||4-year, primarily associate's, public; remote town|| Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science in Welding Technology,
| $5,375 (in-state)*
Source: *NCES College Navigator, **School websites