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Career Welding & Fabrication Program


Welders are in demand in countless industries. Decades of few new workers entering the trades have left vocations like welding with an aging workforce and shortage of qualified people. Mahany Welding Supply and Rochester Arc and Flame have partnered with Monroe Community College to offer a Certificate program to help Rochester area workers get the relevant training they need to get jobs in the exciting and rewarding field of welding.

The RocAFC Career Welding & Fabrication Program is a 20-week job readiness course that runs weekly for 450 course hours and features training for MIG, TIG, Flux Core and Stick welding processes. Course curriculum combines a rigorous amount of hands-on learning, academic lectures, written assignments, quizzes and tests, collaborative group projects and print reading. Students also take a 10-hour OSHA training session and classes in resume writing, interviewing and mathematics.

On-site AWS Qualification training and testing is conducted to give students the ability to specialize in areas that will help them obtain their desired career. On average, most students graduate with two-dozen qualifications. AWS Qualification testing is included in the course price. Tuition also includes professional welding gear valued at over $700 for each student to use during the program and on the job.

We also work with companies looking to hire skilled fabricators or need to train current employees for specific qualifications. RocAFC Welding & Fabrication Certificate Program’s students become excellent assets to employers specifically in the greater Rochester area. To date, our graduates have been hired by over 40 different Rochester area employers.

Course cost is $8,500. Spots are limited to 32 students each semester. CALL or EMAIL today to begin the enrollment process. The admissions team generally meets with between 100-150 applicants every semester.

We are currently interviewing candidates for the AUGUST 2018 Program! 

NOTE: Admissions is extremely competitive. For the best opportunity, please contact us at least 6 months in advance of the class start date. We run an AUGUST and FEBRUARY session annually. 



STEP 1: Attend an information Session:

Call 585.349.7110 or email and provide us YOUR NAME, PHONE NUMBER and EMAIL. Sessions are held monthly at specific times and last for 3-hours (Generally 9:00am-12:00N on Thursdays). They provide an overview of the course, tour of the facility and opportunity to ask faculty questions.


STEP 2: Attend a Final Interview Session:

Final interviews last approximately 1-hour and are held 1-3 weeks after you have attended an information session. You will complete a math quiz, writing assessment, and interview with an admissions team member. Arc + Flame admissions team will then evaluate your performance.



Program Summary:

September 2017 – January 2018

20 Weeks, 5 days x 4.5 hours = 22.5 hours x 20 weeks= 450 hours

Intensive welder training designed to provide skills needed for entry level employment

Brand new Miller Welding equipment (welding machines are changed every 6 months)

Morning and Afternoon Sessions: 7:30am-12:00N and 1pm-5:30pm (Students attend one or the other)

Certificate granted by Monroe Community College

All training is at Rochester Arc + Flame Center

3 Instructors team teach the program.  2 instructors are Certified Welding Inspectors. There is always a 1:8 ratio of instructors to students (2 instructors for 16 students).

Total Cost= $8,500

Sallie Mae Private Loans and Veteran Benefits are available to pay tuition


  • Gear valued at over $700
  • All materials and supplies
  • American Welding Society 1-year Membership
  • AWS Online Learning 1-year Membership
  • Minimum of 6 AWS qualification tests (testing fees included in tuition)
  • Power tool safety (Includes certificate from Metabo)
  • Abrasive use and safety (Includes certificate from Flexovit)
  • OSHA 10-hour Course (Includes OSHA 10 Card)
  • Shop mathematics
  • Weld inspection and quality control
  • Blueprint reading
  • Fabrication techniques
  • Interviewing skills and resume writing
  • Job research techniques

Career Training GMAW 1 (MIG Welding) Summary:

Topics Include:

  • Welder Safety 
  • The GMAW Process
  • GMAW Equipment 
  • GMAW Equipment Set-up
  • MIG Guns and consumables
  • MIG Filler Metals
  • MIG Shielding Gases
  • Process Variables: Volts & Amps
  • GMAW Carbon steel in flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead positions 
  • Identifying weld defects and correcting them
  • Troubleshooting GMAW Equipment
  • Plasma Cutting Theory and Safety
  • Plasma Cutting Equipment and Consumables
  • Plasma Cutting Techniques

Career Training GTAW 1 (TIG Welding) Summary:

Topics Include:

  • The GTAW Process
  • GTAW Equipment
  • GTAW Equipment Set-up 
  • GTAW torches and consumables 
  • Tungsten types and proper sharpening
  • GTAW Filler Metals
  • GTAW Shielding Gases
  • Understanding DC Output
  • GTAW Carbon steel in flat, horizontal, vertical positions
  • Identifying weld defects and correcting them
  • Troubleshooting GTAW equipment
  • Oxy/Fuel Theory and Safety
  • Oxy/Fuel Equipment
  • Oxy/Fuel Cutting, & Heating Techniques

Career Training SMAW 1 (Stick Welding) Summary:

Topics Include:
  • The SMAW Process
  • SMAW Equipment
  • SMAW Equipment Set-up 
  • SMAW Cables and accessories
  • SMAW Electrodes
  • Understanding AC vs DC Output for Stick Welding
  • SMAW Carbon steel in flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions
  • Identifying weld defects and correcting them
  • Troubleshooting SMAW equipment
  • Abrasive Chop Saws: Safety and proper use
  • Angle Grinders: Safety and proper use
  • Iron Worker: Safety and proper use
  • Band Saw: Safety and proper use
  • Understanding and using measuring tools

Career Training GMAW 2 Summary: 

Topics Include:
  • Spray-arc welding applications
  • Flux-core welding applications
  • Metal-core welding applications
  • Stainless Steel welding applications
  • Aluminum welding applications
  • Capstone projects
  • Qualification Tests
Topics Include:
  • GTAW stainless steel applications
  • GTAW aluminum applications
  • GTAW exotics applications
  • Capstone projects
  • Qualification Tests

Career Training Blue Prints/ Weld Symbols/ Quality of Welds Summary: 

Topics Include:
  • American Welding Society weld symbols
  • Shop blue prints
  • Field blue prints
  • Deficiencies: Causes and Cures
  • Workplace tolerances
  • Dimensioning
  • Fillet Gauge application

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