Welding Technology


Welcome to the Mesabi Range College Welding Technology Program website. On this site you will be able to find information about our program including the AWS S.E.N.S.E curriculum, program level options, instructor backgrounds and much more.

Successful students engage in a rigorous curriculum that is designed to provide them with excellent skills upon graduation to enter the workforce.


The Entry Level Welding Technology Program is a 33 credit, 2 semester program with a diploma for the successful student graduate. One or two welder certifications may be available. The Advanced Level Welding Technology Program is a 65 credit, 4 semester program (including the ELW Program) that is optional upon completion of the Entry Level Program. Its successful completion gives the graduate another diploma. Several more welder certifications are available.

The typical Mesabi Range College Welding Technology Program student applicant has had some experience with welding and cutting. However, students that have never welded before have successfully completed this program and have gone on to become certified welders.

This video was designed and created by students in Mesabi Range College’s Graphic Design Media program in collaboration with the faculty and students of the Welding Technology program.

Career Opportunities

Some of the places that successful graduates have gone to work are: USX MinnTac, Virginia, MN; ArcelorMittal Minorca Mine, Virginia, MN; L & M Radiator, Hibbing, MN; Electric Power Door, Hibbing, MN; Furin & Shea, Hibbing, MN; Terex, Grand Rapids, MN; Serco Loaders, Two Harbors Machine, Two Harbors, MN; Stanley/LaBounty, Two Harbors, MN; Savage Trailers, Angora, MN; Boilermakers Local Union; Millwrights Local Union, Virginia, MN; Ironworkers Local Union, Minneapolis, MN; and many places in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area and the surrounding suburbs. Some have gone out-of-state and a few have even gone overseas.

Some of the jobs the graduates have are: welder, fitter, welder helper, weld shop supervisor, welder/lead-man, welding apprentice trainer, boilermaker, pipe-fitter, welding robot operator, sheet metal worker, millwright/welder, quality assurance manager, welding inspector, plant superintendent, welding business owner and more.

These businesses can provide insight into career opportunities within the field of welding.

Accreditation - AWS

The American Welding Society (AWS) was founded in 1919, as a nonprofit organization with a global mission to advance the science, technology and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes, including brazing, soldering and thermal spraying. AWS strives to move the industry forward in both thought and action, as well as inspire new generations to see the exciting career opportunities available today.


Advanced Level Welding Instructor

Welding Instructor

Entry Level Welding Instructor

Welding Instructor/Certified Welding Inspector

Testimonials (Video)

Lee Radaich is a 2008 graduate of the Advanced Level Welder Program at Mesabi Range College. He successfully completed several welding certifications before his graduation. At present, he is with the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Union.

Welding Assesment (Video)

This video describes how one of our instructors, Tom Baldwin, assesses students on a daily basis

A look into Advanced Welding: