Length of Program
10 Months - September through June
Tuition for 2016-2017
- In-District: $3,375
- Out-of-District: $6,750
- All students must also pay a $500 materials fee
Minuteman's Post Graduate Metal Fabrication/Welding Program provides students with real world experience in addition to the ability to graduate with certifications sought by employers. A wide range of skills surrounding welding and sheet metal are presented. The curriculum offers practical skills in fabrication, layout, and welding with theory and practice in oxy-fuel brazing, cutting and welding, gas shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, flux-core arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, non-destructive testing, and quality assurance.
Welding involves a wide variety of techniques and working conditions - everything from the outdoor construction welding done on high-rise skyscrapers and in shipyards to the finest and most delicate of welding done in the high tech industry. About two-thirds of welding jobs are in the manufacturing industry, and the rest are in the construction industry.
MTI students have an opportunity to earn Minuteman certification in six welding processes: Arc Welding SMAW, Oxyacetylene welding and cutting, Gas Metal Arc Welding GMAW, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding GTAW, and Flux Cored Arc Welding FCAW. Students can also earn Massachusetts Highway Department certification (D1.5) in shielded metal arc welding and flux cored arc welding to American Welding Society standards.
To succeed in the welding field, a student must have good hand/eye coordination. Good math and mechanical ability are also helpful. Individual and group instruction is provided with students proceeding at their own pace.
Employment of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2014 to 2024, slower than the average for all occupations. Overall job prospects will vary with the worker’s skill level. Job prospects should be good for welders trained in the latest technologies. However, welders who do not have up-to-date training may face strong competition for jobs. For all welders, job prospects should be better for those willing to relocate.
- Cutting Procedures
- Use of Power Shear, Brake, Presses
- AC/DC Arc Welding
- Use of Welding Electrodes
- Identification and Operation of Welding Machines
- Out-of-position Welding on Mild Steel, Stainless Steel, and Aluminum
- Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
- Plasma-arc Curring
- Use of Trade Codes & Welding Symbols
- Standards, Specifications
- Statistical Control of Weld Quality
- Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
- MTI Metal Fabrication/Welding Certificate
- OSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety Certification
- American Welding Society (AWS) Welder Certification
- Mass Highway D1.5
Possible Career Pathways
- Apprentice Welders
- Commercial Diver Welder
- Equipment and Supply Sales
- Iron Worker
- Mechanical Engineer
- Metal Fabricators
- Service Representatives
- Welding Engineer
- Welding Inspector
- According to the US Bureau of Labor Stastics, the median annual wage for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers was $37,420 in May 2014 or $17.99 per hour.
- According to the Massachusetts Office of Labor and Workforce Development, the median annual wage in Massachusetts was $44,120 in May 2014.
Employers Hiring Minuteman Graduates
Sullivan Mechanical Contractors, Hillside Air, Wholesale Doors, Inc., Watertown Ironworks, Ferraro Mechanical, Astro Crave, Fort Devens, Steel Fab