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Pipe Welder Specialist

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Pipe Welder Specialist certificate is an approved program for Sandburg; however, we are not enrolling new students while we review program updates to offer the best educational opportunities for our students. The American Welding Society Level 1 certificate may be of interest to you. Please contact the Welcome Center at 309.345.3500 or or your advisor for more information.

The Pipe Welder Specialist certificate program is designed to provide students a hands-on specialty welding certificate that emphasizes training and the mastery of welding techniques in pipe welding. Students will specialize in ARC and TIG welding and build skill proficiencies aligned with the American Welding Society Level II Welder Standards.


Admission Requirements

Pipe Welder Specialist is an open enrollment program, meaning there are no criteria students must meet to be admitted. Students who are interested in enrolling in this program should complete our steps to enroll, which include completing the free application for admission.

We encourage all prospective students to visit the campus. We have several Explore Sandburg Open Houses throughout the year, or you can schedule a campus visit at your convenience.

Career and technical programs/courses are offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or status in any group protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Title IX Coordinator: 309.341.5258. ADA/504 Coordinator: 309.341.5262.

For additional information contact:
Welcome Center


The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a 14% employment growth of pipefitters and teamsters from now to 2028. The increase in employment is expected due to workers exiting the labor force for the purpose of retirement or workers seeking new occupations. 2019 Median Pay: $55, 160 per year; $26.52 per hour 

Potential Careers

Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters

Pipe Fitters and Steamfitters

Solderers and Brazers




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See Academic Advisor, Michael Bailey, for an updated schedule. 


Fall Pipe Welder Specialist certificate cost sheet

Spring Pipe Welder Specialist certificate cost sheet



To apply for financial aid, visit our financial aid page for more information.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Contact the local office to inquire if you qualify for financial support. 

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Thanks to our generous donors, Carl Sandburg College Foundation is able to award over $100,000 each year in scholarship dollars to Sandburg students. High school, adult learners, and returning students - everyone is eligible to apply. Apply between October 1 and March 15 for the upcoming year. We encourage all students to apply. 

Meet the Instructors

Michael Conrad
Industrial Process Professions Adjunct Instructor

Jeffrey Kellogg
Basic Industrial Manufacturing Maintenance Adjunct Instructor 

Ian Milligan
Welding & Industrial Process Professions Instructor

Jacob Milligan
Welding & Industrial Process Professions Instructor

Lonnie Miller
Adjunct & GAVC Dual Credit Instructor

Julie Minor
CNC & Industrial Process Professions Adjunct Instructor


Department of Career and Technical Education
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401