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Become a Welder

The Arc + Flame admissions process for the FALL 2021 Program is in full motion! If you're interested in applying, give us a call at 585-349-7110 or email We have migrated General Information Session content to an email for you to read. From here, we will schedule an in-person OR remote interview with each candidate. Interviews are happening NOW.

Get trained, and get working! This six month program is a "boot camp" style course that provides accepted students the opportunity to learn skills required for entry level employment in welding. 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. The Rochester Arc + Flame has 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 Program

HANDS-ON learning and working that features a shorter time period than traditional college, less student loan debt, and opportunity to join the workforce in under a year! The Rochester Arc + Flame Center's Career Welding & Fabrication Program is a 20-week job readiness course that runs weekly for a total of 450 course hours. Classes run Monday through Friday for 4.5 hours each day, and there is a morning OR afternoon time session. The program 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.

Industry Certificate and AWS Qualification

Graduates of the program received an industry certificate diploma from the Monroe Community College, along with a minimum of 6 American Welding Society Qualification tests. 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. All 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.

Get Employed, Start a Career

This job-readiness program is designed for students to learn skills required for entry level employment in the field of welding. Although employment is not guaranteed, Arc + Flame coordinates with companies looking to hire skilled fabricators or train current employers. Our graduates have obtained employment with over 100 unique companies, and generally 80% of our graduates obtain employment within 3 months of completing the program.

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

NIGHT Class Program: Arc + Flame will run a 10-month evening session from FALL 2021 to SUMMER 2022. CALL 585-349-7110 for admissions information.

TOTAL Program cost is $9,350.

Spots are limited to 32 students in the DAYTIME program, and 10 students in the NIGHT program. CALL or EMAIL today to begin the enrollment process. The admissions team generally meets with appx. 100 applicants every semester!

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