Career Training Program: Frequently Asked Questions

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Program Details:

September 2017 – January 2018

20 Weeks, 4 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


How do I register for the program?

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 2-hours. They provide an overview of the course, tour of the facility and opportunity to ask faculty questions.

Attend a Final Interview Session:

Final interviews last approximately 1-hour and are held 1-4 weeks after you have attended an information session. You will complete a verbal and written test with our Welding Director. Arc + Flame admissions team will then evaluate your performance.


What days does the course run? Is there a night course time spot?

We offer a morning (7:30am-12:00N) and afternoon (1:00pm-5:30pm) session each semester. Each session can hold a maximum of 16 students for a total of 32 students each semester. We are not currently offering any additional time sessions. Our course runs Monday through Friday and includes 5 combination lecture/lab days.  


What is the cost of tuition?

The cost of tuition is $8,500. If you are accepted, you must pay a 10% down payment of $850 that will be put toward your total tuition cost. Payment for deposit and the total course cost can be made in the form of cash, credit card or check made out to MONROE COMMUNITY COLLEGE. Students will have a set deadline, typically two months prior to the course start date to pay for the entire cost of tuition or have acceptable finance.


What options are available for finance?

Bank loans or a loan from a lending company such as Sallie Mae are available options for finance once you are accepted into the program. Click here for more information.You cannot apply for finance until you have been accepted.

NOTE:  The federal loan application FAFSA and federal loans such as PELL and TAP are not applicable for this program.


Are Veteran Benefits available to pay for tuition?

Yes. Veteran applicants should contact Michael Bates at the Monroe Community College and schedule an appointment to evaluate benefits. Generally, the Post 9/11 GI Bill is approved for 100% tuition payment. Michael Bates can be reached at 585-292-2295 or


Do you have a job placement program?

Although we cannot guarantee you a job, we are frequently approached by regional employers looking for skills you will acquire in this program. We also invite employers to speak directly with our students throughout the course.

Most of our students find employment within six weeks of graduation. Some of our students have gone on to further their education in our Pipe Welding Certificate Program.


What will I receive for gear?

You will receive a professional grade helmet, jacket, gloves, Metabo grinder, some basic fabrication tools and a gear bag. You will also receive a variety of printed reference materials and a textbook. These materials are valued at over $700.


Will I be “certified” when I leave?

You will have passed a minimum of 6 American Welding Society qualification tests in accordance with commonly specified codes and standards. Records of this testing is included on your industry certificate. After you complete the required 6 qualification tests you will have the ability to specialize your testing based on your desired field of employment. More information on qualification training will be discussed during the general information session.