GMAW Certificate

GMAW Certificate

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Want to Weld?

More than ever, welders with entry-level skills are in demand and earning great salaries. Now is the time to earn your Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) certificate and get started in this exciting hands-on field.

  • Develop entry-level skills needed to gain employment in the welding industry.
  • Learn to weld both steel and aluminum, making your skills more valuable to local employers.
  • Learn from Mid-State instructors.

The GMAW certificate prepares students for entry-level employment as welders in production, construction, manufacturing, and servicing industries. Experienced instructors will teach you basic gas metal arc welding as well as fabrication, blueprint reading, safety, 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 of the GMAW certificate may advance into the Welding diploma at Mid-State Technical College.

All credits transfer to Mid-State’s Welding technical degree program. There are no assessment requirements for the GMAW certificate.

Estimated certificate cost: $1,400

Demand for welders to grow 10% by 2025


Course #1 – Intro to Welding

Credit: 1

Course Number: 10442100

Course Description:
Students gain knowledge of general welding shop procedures and safety, arc welding principles and equipment setup, and metal fabrication equipment use. Students work with a lab instructor to begin developing skills with the GMAW and GTAW welding processes by completing simple welding and fabricating tasks in preparation for further exploration in welding and fabricating.

Prerequisite: Admission to Welding 314421 or Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (SS) 304427 programs, or Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) 144422 certificate

Day/Time: October 26 – November 2
Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Metals Lab – Adams-Friendship High School

Cost: $196.37


  • Modern Welding textbook ($123.44) – Also used in course #3 (GMAW)
  • Workbook ($32.92) – Optional

Course #2 – Welding Print Reading

Note: This course and course #3 (GMAW) run simultaneously.

Credits: 2

Course Number: 10442112

Course Description:
In this course students study print format, line types, orthographic views, dimensioning, welding symbols, and bill of materials. Students supply concepts by creating and fabricating from prints in individual and group activities.

Day/Time: November 7 – February 27
Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Location: Metals Lab – Adams-Friendship High School

Cost: $392.74


  • Blueprint Reading for Welders textbook ($135.78)

Course #3 – Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)

Note: This course and course #2 (Welding Print Reading) run simultaneously.

Credits: 3

Course Number: 10442110

Course Description:
In this course, you develop skills of welding on steel sheet metals and plates using the GMAW process. Emphasis is placed on axial spray, pulse spray, and short circuit mode of transfer. Upon completion of this course, the student is able to weld in several positions, read basic weld symbols, and have an understanding of written welding procedures.

Corequisite:  Course #1 (Intro to Welding)

Day/Time: November 7 – April 10
Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (through February 27)
Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (after February 27)

Location: Metals Lab – Adams-Friendship High School

Cost: $604.11


  • Modern Welding textbook ($123.44) – Also used in course #1 (Intro to Welding)