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Course Offerings

Merrill Institute. Offering you the foundation for a successful career. With real world, project-focused training, taught by AWS Certified Inspectors and Educators and utilizing state-of-the-art equipment - we’ll develop in you - the skill set today’s employers demand.

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Featured AWS Certification Courses

Our pre-packaged certification courses are bundled to provide students a fast-track to certification. Upon successful completion of any of the following courses and passing a proficiency test, students will receive a Merrill Institute Certificate of Completion and an AWS Certification, which is recognized globally as the premier certification by companies within the welding and manufacturing industry.
WLD100 AWS Level 1 SENSE Welder (GMAW, GTAW, FCAW, SMAW)
This course provides training and AWS certification in the most common welding processes such as MIG(GMAW), TIG(GTAW), Flux-Core(FCAW) and Stick(SMAW). Participants who complete the course are certified as AWS Level-I Welders. A graduate Level-I Entry Welder shall be able to perform minor external repairs to equipment and accessories in all processes, and setup and perform:
• SMAW operations making fillet and groove welds in all positions within a limited thickness range on carbon steel.
• Gas Metal Arc Welding (short circuit transfer) operations, making fillet and groove welds in all positions within a limited thickness range on carbon steel. Gas Metal Arc Welding (spray transfer) operations making fillet and groove welds in limited positions within a limited thickness range on carbon steel.
• FCAW-SS/GS operations making fillet and groove welds in all positions within a limited thickness range on carbon steel.
• GTAW operations making fillet and groove welds in all positions within a limited thickness range on carbon steel, and in limited positions within a limited thickness range of austenitic stainless steel and aluminum.
WLD140 AWS SMAW
This course provides training and AWS certification in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (Stick). Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to perform:
• Minor external repairs to equipment and accessories and setup and perform SMAW operations making fillet and groove welds in all positions within a limited thickness range on carbon steel.
WLD150 AWS GMAW
This course provides training and AWS certification in Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG/MAG). Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to perform:
• Minor external repairs to equipment and accessories and setup and perform Gas Metal Arc Welding (short circuit transfer) operations, making fillet and groove welds in all positions within a limited thickness range on carbon steel. Gas Metal Arc Welding (spray transfer) operations making fillet and groove welds in limited positions within a limited thickness range on carbon steel.
WLD160 AWS FCAW
This course provides training and AWS certification in Flux-Core Arc Welding. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to perform:
• Minor external repairs to equipment and accessories and setup and perform FCAW-SS/GS operations making fillet and groove welds in all positions within a limited thickness range on carbon steel.
WLD170 AWS GTAW
This course provides training and AWS certification in Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG). Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to perform:
• Minor external repairs to equipment and accessories and setup and perform GTAW operations making fillet and groove welds in all positions within a limited thickness range on carbon steel, and in limited positions within a limited thickness range of austenitic stainless steel and aluminum.

Individual Courses

WLD 101 Welding Occupational Orientation
Builds the foundation for basic day- to-day welding operations. Course covers time card preparation, report generation and record keeping pro- cesses, as well as teaching students to follow verbal and written instruc- tions to complete projects. Prerequisites: None
Course Hours: 4.0
WLD 102 Welding Safety & Health
Explores the proper use and inspection of personal protection equipment and demonstrates proper safety practices in the work area. Introduction to the uses of ventilation equipment, hot zone operations, confined work space settings, pre- cautionary labeling and MSDS info. Covers the proper use and inspection of equipment used for each welding and thermal cutting process.
Prerequisites: None
Course Hours: 8.0
WLD 103 Welding Drawings & Symbols
Teaches students to read, write and understand welding symbols. Students will interpret basic elements of sketches, weld symbols and fabricate parts from drawings.
Prerequisites: None
Course Hours: 60.0
WLD 118 Thermal Cutting I
Introduction to manual and mech- anized oxyfuel gas cutting. Covers safety inspections, external repairs of equipment and accessories. Includes cutting of various types on carbon steel, all set by AWS SENSE standards.
Prerequisites: WLD 101, WLD 102
Course Hours: 30.0
WLD 128 Thermal Cutting II
Introduction to manual plasma arc cut- ting and cutting on various materials. Exploration of safety inspections and external repairs of PAC equipment.
Prerequisites: WLD 101, WLD 102
Course Hours: 20.0
WLD 138 Thermal Cutting III
Introduction to manual air carbon arc cutting. Students will perform safety inspections and minor external repairs to CAC-A equipment and setup and operate various CAC-A techniques using various materials.
Prerequisites: WLD 101, WLD 102
Course Hours: 20.0
WLD 114 SMAW Process I
Introduction to shielded metal arc weld- ing, where inspection, repairs, setups, and operations of SMAW will be per- formed set by AWS SENSE standards.
Co-Requisites: WLD 101, WLD 102, WLD 103, WLD 118, WLD 128, WLD 138 (Full program completion only)
Course Hours: 20.0
WLD 124 SMAW Process II
Exploration of more advanced concepts and procedures of under- standing and implementing SMAW.
Prerequisites: WLD 114
Course Hours: 60.0
WLD 115 GMAW Process I
Introduction to gas metal arc weld- ing and its various procedures and concepts from inspections to per- forming operations on carbon steel set by AWS SENSE standards.
Pre/Co-Requisites: WLD 101, WLD 102, WLD 103, WLD 118, WLD 128, WLD 138 (Full program completion only)
Course Hours: 20.0
WLD 125 GMAW Process II
Advanced course of gas metal arc welding that teaches students additional concepts and procedures. Includes lab time and instruction.
Prerequisite: WLD 115
Course Hours: 60.0
WLD 116 FCAW-GS SS Process I
Introduction to flux core arc welding process. Students will learn safety and repairs of FCAW equipment and perform various welds involved with FCAW.
Pre/Co-Requisites: WLD 101, WLD 102, WLD 103, WLD 118, WLD 128, WLD 138 (Full program completion only)
Course Hours: 20.0
WLD 126 FCAW-GS SS Process II
Advanced course of flux core arc welding. Additional operations and welding positions will be introduced set by AWS SENSE.
Prerequisite: WLD 116
Course Hours: 60.0
WLD 117 GTAW-CS Process I
Introduction to gas tungsten arc welding technique. Safety, setup, and operations of GTAW performed on Carbon Steel.
Pre/Co-Requisites: WLD 101, WLD 102, WLD 103, WLD 118, WLD 128, WLD 138 (Full program completion only)
Course Hours: 30.0
WLD 127 GTAW-SS Process I
Introduction to gas tungsten arc welding technique. Safety, setup, and operations of GTAW performed on Carbon Steel.
Pre/Co-Requisites: WLD 101, WLD 102, WLD 103, WLD 118, WLD 128, WLD 138 (Full program completion only)
Course Hours: 30.0
WLD 137 GTAW-AL Process I
Introduction to gas tungsten arc welding technique. Safety, setup, and operations of GTAW performed on Carbon Steel.
Pre/Co-Requisites: WLD 101, WLD 102, WLD 103, WLD 118, WLD 128, WLD 138 (Full program completion only)
Course Hours: 40.0
WLD 119 Welding Inspection & Testing
Exploration of various welding processes are demonstrated for inspection and testing. Examining cut surfaces and edges or metal parts and various welds. The course also gives preparation for the AWS CWI Seminar and Exam offered by the AWS.
Prerequisites: none
Course Hours: 40.0