Gas Tungsten Arc (Stainless Steel) Welding

Gas Tungsten Arc (Stainless Steel) Welding

Technical Diploma

Many different approaches are used in welding today, from basic forge welding to highly advanced laser beam welding. Somewhere in the middle is an important technique called tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding. This type of welding is frequently used in stainless steel fabrication, and welders with strong skills in this area are in high demand.

A Closer Look

TIG welding requires specialized equipment and greater expertise than the basic arc welding one can master at home, but the result is superior standard of finish without the need for excessive cleanup by sanding or grinding. TIG welding offers greater control over the heat applied, making precision and tricky welds possible. The resulting welds are also highly resistant to corrosion and cracking over long time periods.

A skilled stainless steel TIG welder can build a career in stainless steel fabrication or pursue additional training in welding to learn how to work with other materials and techniques.

What You'll Learn

Mid-State’s Stainless Steel Welding program prepares students for entry-level employment as a stainless steel welder in production, construction, manufacturing, and servicing industries.

Experienced instructors will teach you basic TIG (tungsten inert gas) welding of stainless steel as well as fabrication, blueprint reading, and more. Instruction will combine lecture with hands-on practice, giving you the confidence you need to start your career in this rewarding field. Graduates may also choose to continue their education in the Welding program.


  • Combination and Construction Welder
  • Counterperson in Distributorship
  • Fabricator Maintenance Welder
  • MIG Welder
  • Pipeline Welder
  • Production Line Welder
  • Shipyard Welder
  • Structural Welder
  • TIG Welder
  • Welder
  • Fitter
  • Welding Repair

Your Instructors

The instructors in the Stainless Steel Welding program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our faculty!


Ben earned his master’s degree from Marian University. He has over 12 years of teaching experience in addition to two years of experience as a welder. He maintains regular contact with employers to keep his knowledge and skills current and to ensure his teaching meets both industry and student needs.

“Teaching allows me to have a positive impact on students and the community. There is no better reward than helping students achieve their goals.”

Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more. If you are unable to access this document, please contact a new student specialist by calling 888.575.6782.

Costs and Financial Aid Eligibility

Expected Program Costs

Cost based on the 2018/2019 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $1,181.46
  • Books: $154.05
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $30.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $1,365.51

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is NOT eligible for Financial Aid.


Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
10442101 Basic GTAW (TIG) 2.00
10442102 Intermediate GTAW (TIG) 2.00
10442103 Advanced GTAW (TIG) 2.00
(6 Credits)
Total Credits: 6