Welding

Program Description

Production MIG Welding

This is a 140-hour Production MIG Welding class designed to train individuals on how to work as a welder in a production setting. The first 40 hours are dedicated to gases, symbols, blueprints, math and safety. The remaining 100 hours of class time are conducted in a weld lab area which involves hands-on experience with MIG welding and the demonstration of proper use of materials. While this is not a Deere & Company class, the curriculum of instruction has been approved by Deere. Anyone completing this program is considered “trainable” as a production MIG welder and should be seriously considered for employment. You must be in attendance and participate 95% of the time in order to receive a certificate from Black Hawk College.

Welding equipment* required for Production MIG Welding:
Welding hood, welding jacket, safety glasses, MIG welding gloves (purchase three pairs), welding beanie, steel-toed shoes, MIG gun pliers (welpers – blue handle) and a padlock for your locker. Clothing must be free of tears and rips.


Stick/TIG Welding

This is a 140-hour SMAW (Stick) and GTAW (TIG) class designed to train individuals on how to work in a welding environment. The first 40 hours are dedicated to classroom training which includes gases, symbols, blueprints, math, safety, different types of Stick rods, different types of Tungsten and how and when each type is used. The remaining 100 hours of class time are conducted in a weld lab area which involves hands-on experience with Stick/TIG welding and the demonstration of the proper use of materials. You must be in attendance and participate 95% of the time in order to receive a certificate from Black Hawk College.

Welding equipment* required for Stick/TIG Welding:
Welding hood, welding jacket, safety glasses, Stick/MIG welding gloves (purchase two pair), TIG welding gloves (purchase one pair), welding beanie, steel-toed shoes and a padlock for your locker. Clothing must be free of tears and rips.

  • These programs are completely instructor-led, not independent study. Instructors are Red Johnson, Mark Helderman, Wally Long and Robert Clark.
  • Attendance is taken daily and recorded for time in/out.
  • A certificate of completion is earned from the college when participant’s attendance is 95% or better. A notation is added on your transcript as a permanent record of your learning as well.

*Equipment is purchased by the student.

The classes are offered several times throughout the year.

They meet Monday through Friday along with one or two Saturdays.
Production MIG welding and Stick/TIG (both of these classes can go at the same time):

Monday-Friday, Sept. 18 to Oct. 25 (No refunds after Sept. 8) (One Saturday class – Sept. 23)
Stick/TIG or MIG Day class: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Stick/TIG or MIG Night class: 4-9 p.m.

Monday-Friday, Nov. 6 to Dec. 3 (No refunds after Oct. 27) (Three Saturday classes – Nov. 18, Dec. 2 and Dec. 9)
Stick/TIG or MIG Day class: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Stick/TIG or MIG Night class: 4-9 p.m.

*You must be in attendance and participate 95% of the time in order to receive a certificate from Black Hawk College.
The tuition fee is $1,999 for each class (subject to change). Fee includes the cost of the book. 

Location for all classes:
Black Hawk College Industrial Training Lab Extension Center (ITLEC)
3901 25th St., Moline

For more information: Call 309-796-5718 or visit the Black Hawk College Business Training Center in Building 1 at the Quad-Cities Campus, 6600 34th Ave., Moline. This class does not have online registration.


Flux Core Arc Welding 

This 24-hour program is designed to expand your current welding knowledge and skill. This introductory class is a new offering based off of current market needs.

Participants must have either completed a welding program or have experience as a welder in the workforce. This short-term pro- gram will introduce the Flux Core Arc process. Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) is a process that requires a continuously-fed consumable tubular electrode containing a flux and a constant-voltage or, less commonly, a constant-current welding supply. FCAW generally has a very good penetration that forms a strong weld.

In this training, you will learn:

  • The types of flux core
  • Setting your machine
  • Learning what gases to use and not to use
  • Single pass and multi-pass fillet welds, all position groove root, hot pass, fill pass, and cap pass welds and their unique techniques
  • All types of positioning joints: flat, vertical, horizontal and overhead
  • How to cut out a flux core weld with air arcing
  • How to minimize weld spatter and common weld defects such as lack of weld fusion, weld cracks, porosity, worm tracks and slag inclusions
  • How to handle variables such as mill scale, rust, surface contaminates, prepping the joint, excess gaps and poor edge preparations
  • Parameter requirements for applications with different wire stick out requirements as found in variable thickness groove weld joints

Attendees: Individuals who have already taken a welding program and/or who are working as a welder.

Location for all classes:
Black Hawk College Industrial Training Lab Extension Center (ITLEC)
3901 25th St., Moline


Since these programs are not college credit, they do not qualify for financial aid.

  • Black Hawk College has a deferred payment plan for these classes. Call 309-796-5718 for more information.
  • For Illinois Veteran Grant assistance, contact the Financial Aid Office at 309-796-5400 or veterans@bhc.edu.
  • Iowa dislocated workers or lower income levels, call Iowa @ Work at 563-336-3499.
  • Illinois dislocated workers or lower income levels, call Partners in Job Training at 309-788-7587.

Cancellation Policy
Without incurring obligation, Black Hawk College reserves the right to:

  • Cancel classes due to insufficient enrollment.
  • Change the time, date or place of meeting.
  • Make other revisions in course offerings which become necessary.

Refund Policy

  • No refunds will be issued two (2) weeks prior to class start date and thereafter.
  • Please note refund request deadline on class schedule.