Students welding in the welding lab.

Welding MIG Option Gas Metal Arc

IMPORTANT NOTE: While the Welding MIG Option Gas Metal Arc certificate is an approved program for Sandburg, we are not enrolling at this time, 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 welcomecenter@sandburg.eduor reach out to your advisor for more information.

This two-semester certificate helps you acquire the skills and knowledge needed for entry-level competence for MIG Option Gas Metal Arc welding. The welding program emphasizes welding skill proficiency through lab activities and projects as learning activities. All of the courses contain essential components required for success in the industry today such as mathematics, communication, attendance,and productivity.


Admission requirements

The Welding — MIG Option Gas Metal Arc is an open-enrollment program, meaning there isn't any criteria students must meet to be admitted.

We encourage all prospective students to visit 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. For more information, contact the Title IX coordinator at 309.341.5258 or the ADA/504 coordinator at 309.341.5262.

For additional information contact:
Welcome Center


The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a 3% growth in employment for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers from now to 2028. Due to the nation’s aging infrastructures experienced welders, cutters, solderers and brazers will be needed to help rebuild highways, bridges and buildings. T

he basic skills of welding are similar across industries making it easier for individuals trained in the field to shift from one industry to another. New jobs for welders are anticipated in manufacturing industries that produce fabricated metal products and transportation equipment. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020).

  • 2019 median pay
    • $42,490 per year
    • $20.43 per hour 


Welders, cutters and welder fitters 

Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators and tenders

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Career/technical education teachers, secondary School

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Sample course schedule for the Welding MIG Option program

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


View the Welding - MIG Option Gas Metal Arc 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)  helps 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 see if you qualify for financial support. 

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

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