Welder – GMAW (“MIG”)

Are you good with your hands? Are you mechanically inclined? Then listen to this! 60% of everything manufactured has a welded component. If you are interested in becoming a Welder, we have the training for you.  The Quick Careers Welder program consists of a series of courses* designed to not only prepare students for a career as a Welder (MIG) but also to prepare them to earn AWS Level I – Entry Welder certification.                                                                             

*Awards of Completion are earned at the successful completion of all of the courses in the program.


Introduction to Welding:
(class 1 of 2)

This course is a prerequisite for the Quick Careers Welding (MIG) Course. It is an introduction to basic welding processes.

This 64-hour training includes:

  • 10 hours Safety
  • 20 hours Measurement, basic hand tools, grinding bevels on plate, clamp, and fit-up
  • 34 hours GMAW Process & Theory, Machine Operation, and Welding

Welding – GMAW (“MIG”):
(class 2 of 2)

This course introduces gas metal arc welding (GMAW). Topics include equipment setup and fillet and groove welds with emphasis on application of GMAW electrodes on carbon steel plate. Upon completion, students should be able to perform fillet welds on carbon steel with prescribed electrodes in the flat, horizontal, and overhead positions.

This 128-hour training includes:

  • Safety & Health of Welders
  • Welding Symbol Interpretation
  • Identification of the various electrode classifications
  • Selection and set up of gas metal arc welding equipment
  • Identification of the various weld defects and discontinuities
  • Identification, preparation and fit-up of the various joint configurations
  • Identification of GMA welding equipment parts
  • Use of basic hand and power tools
  • Performance of various welding exercises with GMAW equipment

Students can earn the AWS (American Welding Society) Level I – Entry Welder Certification during class 2.  https://www.senseonline.org/

Frequently Asked Questions

Course 1 registration fee is $188
Book cost is approximately $189
Tool Kit cost is approximately $445
Course 2 registration fee is  $208 (includes certification fee)
Total cost is $1030

Payment for class is due at the time of registration.

NEW Location: CADM – Center for Advanced Manufacturing, 6012 W. Gate City Blvd, Greensboro on the Jamestown Campus.

Introduction to Welding is a prerequisite for the MIG Welding course.

The next classes will be in the late Summer/early Fall 2021 terms.

  • Good Computer Skills
  • E-mail and access to a computer with Internet
  • 20/20 vision, corrected (with glasses) or uncorrected (natural vision) *This is critical!*

Yes.  In order to be successful in the Quick Careers program, students need to have good computer skills. If you are a beginner on the computer, you should take a course FIRST, to strengthen your computer skills before registering for a Quick Careers course. (Contact the Quick Careers Office at 336-334-4822 Ext. 53108 with questions).

Individuals should also know that as a Quick Careers student, you will need to have access to a computer outside of class in order to complete required coursework. Computers used outside of class would need to be Internet connected and also have compatible software to what is used in class (e.g. Microsoft® Word, Excel, and, Power Point 2010, etc.) If you do not have a home computer, you should plan to visit a GTCC “Open Lab” to complete required course work.

The below checklist provides information regarding the minimum computer skills needed in order to register for a Quick Careers course. Potential students should thoroughly evaluate their computer skills using this checklist.

Good Computer Skills Self-Assessment


  1. You should be able to turn a computer on and off
    1. Do you know the difference in an operating system versus an application software (i.e. Windows® 7 versus Microsoft® Office 2007)
  2. Do you know how to use the computer desktop
    1. Do you know how to make a folder on the desktop
    2. Do you know how to save information on the desktop
    3. Do you know how to retrieve information from the desktop
  3. Do you know what a flash drive is
    1. Do you know how to make a folder on a flash drive
    2. Do you know how to save information on a flash drive
    3. Do you know how to retrieve information from a flash drive
  4. Do you know how to use the internet
    1. Can you bookmark a website
    2. Can you “Google Search”/research information on the internet
  5.  Do you have a personal email account
    1. Can you access your personal email from a computer other than your home computer
    2. Can you send internet links via email
    3. Can you send an attachment in an email
  6. Do you know how to create, save and use a basic Microsoft® Word document
    1. Word processing software
    2. Can you type at least 25-30 words per minute
  7. Are you familiar with Microsoft® Excel
    1. Spreadsheet software
  8. Are you familiar with Microsoft® PowerPoint
    1. Presentation software

You may be eligible for scholarship money. Click on the link below to learn if you might meet the applicant requirements.  Scholarship have time sensitive application deadlines.


Additionally, the NCWorks Career Center may be able to assist thru the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program.  For more information call NCWorks Greensboro: (336) 297-9444 or NCWorks High Point: (336) 882-4141.

You may register online:  Register

Or In person.  When registering in person, completed the Continuing Education Registration Form and bring it with your payment (check, cash, credit card, or money order), to one of the GTCC Campuses: 

Registration Locations

  • Jamestown, 140 Jamestown Court, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Greensboro, 3505 E. Wendover Ave., Continuing Education Center, Monday – Thursday, 8:30 am – 6:00 pm and Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • High Point, 901 S. Main St., H1, Monday – Thursday, 8:30 am – 6:00 pm and Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Students MUST purchase books and tools PRIOR to the first day of class. Book and tools required:

ISBN 9781305494695 Welding Principles & Applications, 8th Ed. From Cengage.  Approximately $189 at Jamestown GTCC Bookstore.

ID 958873560124 MIG Welding Kit.  Approximately $445 at Jamestown GTCC Bookstore

Students who successfully complete both of the Welder classes will receive an Award of Completion.  

Requirements for Successful Completion:

  • Attendance: Must be in class 90% of class hours.
  • Coursework: Achieve 80% on coursework.

If you enter after the second day of class, you will not receive credit for taking the class.  Additionally, time absent will be counted against you; students can only miss 19 hours of class total and pass the class. 

The college will make a 100% refund of registration fees if you officially withdraw from class before the first meeting.  Also if the class is canceled or full, GTCC will make a full refund. 

The college will refund 75% of the registration fee (of tuition only) if you officially withdraw from the class on the first day of class or before the class reaches the census date.  The census date varies from class to class.  Non-attendance is not a basis for a refund.