Merrill Institute

Welding Program

The Merrill Institute welding training course is designed to teach the skills and knowledge required to obtain employment within the manufacturing industry. During the course, students will fabricate and weld metal components together using common arc welding processes that include Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW). Upon successful completion of the course, graduates will receive a Merrill Institute Level I Welding Certificate of completion and an American Welding Society SENSE Level I Certification that is nationally recognized.


Real work place Environment

The Merrill Institute has designed an educational experience that supports your academic and career goals. We offer students the ability to explore all hands-on involvement. The location of the Merrill Institute is key to student success. Students are exposed to real world working environments allowing us to train and develop competent, proficient and employable workers.

Courses taught by instructors who are AWS Certified Welding Inspectors/Educators (CWI/CWE)

Our instructors are some of the most talented professionals in the industry who provide real world application and expertise, while promoting a safe work environment.  Each of our Instructors is dedicated to student success, taking the time beyond the classroom to assist them with achieving their goals.

State-of-the-art equipment and facility

Students will gain knowledge utilizing state-of-the-art equipment. Welding equipment utilized within the Merrill Institute labs are Lincoln Electric units. The welding labs are updated frequently, as well as, expanded upon. In 2013, two new welding labs were added to the facility.


Cognitive Requirements

Concentration – students must be able to concentrate for long periods of time.

Attention Span – students should be able to attend to a task for extended periods of time.

Conceptualization – students must learn, understand and apply concepts of welding practice.

Physical Requirements

Strength – students must be able to, at minimum, move fifty pounds without restriction.

Mobility – students must be able to freely move about a welding facility and operate fixtures, cranes and welding equipment.

Visual and hearing – students must be able to view prints and ask questions regarding welding symbols, be able to listen to instructions from instructors / supervisors and be able to visually examine welds.


We are accredited by the AWS to provide Level I - III welding courses. They are:

AWS QC 10 Specification for Qualification and Certification of Level I - Entry Welder
and AWS EG 2.0 Guide for the Training of Welding Personnel: Level I - Entry Welder

AWS QC 11 Specification for Qualification and Certification of Level II - Advanced Welder
and AWS EG 3.0 Guide for the Training of Welding Personnel: Level II - Advanced Welder

AWS QC 12 Specification for Qualification and Certification of Level III - Expert Welder
and AWS EG 4.0 Guide for the Training of Welding Personnel: Level III - Expert Welder