Merrill Institute of Welding
MissionExcellence in Welding
"Merrill Institute of Welding prepares competent and professional entry-level welders; who have fulfilled obligations required to take the American Welding Society Level I Certification exam; and who contribute to further developing the manufacturing strength and capabilities of the United States as a whole."
Session One Graduates
Session Two Graduates
Session Three Graduates
Session One Veteran's Program Graduates
The Merrill Institute of Welding provides you with the foundation to aim, create and build your future. We offer you AWS Certified Welding Instructors, the latest state-of-the art equipment and most importantly a skill set that allows graduates to excel in a career in welding.
Upon successful completion of this class, students will be presented with a MIW Level I Welding Certification of Completion, along with the Nationally known AWS SENSE Level I Certification. This certificate is accredited by the American Welding Society and excels through the SENSE (Schools Excelling though National Skills Standards Education) organization.
Throughout this program, students will learn to fabricate and weld metal components in all positions and shall be able to demonstrate these processes (listed below) upon graduation.
(Level I Entry Welder):
- Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
- Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
- Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)
- Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
In addition, students will log time learning:
- Carbon Arc Gouging
- Drawing and Weld Symbols
- Oxy-fuel Cutting
- Plasma Arc Cutting
- Inspection and Testing Principals
During the ten week course of training, which is (400 hours), individuals will obtain the knowledge and skills to complete the final testing for Level I of the AWS SENSE program. Students will be administered the examinations at the end of each module.
"Excellence in Welding"
Are you interested in excelling in a program that gives you precise skills, to a demanding field that offers a variety of opportunities? Enroll in the Merrill Institute of Welding; “Anything is Possible.”
The Merrill Institute of Welding (MIW) receives funding from a variety of sources, special funding programs of the welding institute may be limited, therefore; please note classes and seating are also limited. As a result of our funding sources, classes are restricted to those that meet funding requirements, to students that will meet or exceed core competences and to individuals interested in a career in welding.
To begin the enrollment process, prospective students interested in the Merrill Institute of Welding must contact the MIW recruiter; the recruiter will then instruct individuals on how to submit an application. After the application has been completed, MIW staff will review the submission. Once the application is reviewed, the candidate will then be contacted to better assess the individuals interest in our program.
As a prerequisite, all selected candidates must complete an assessment test and an interview, prior to acceptance into the Merrill Institute of Welding. To complete the assessment, the candidate must report in person to the Merrill Fabricators facility in Alma, Michigan. Testing will be completed in two to four hours depending on the candidate.
The assessment test was designed to rate core competencies such as:
- Basic mathematics and reasoning
- Skills essential to make you successful in the class
After the assessment test is completed, the student is interviewed by the instructor, as well as, additional MIW staff.
Upon successful completion of application, assessment and interview, the MIW staff will begin the selection process and choose candidates that are adequately qualified for the class. Students accepted into the program will then be contacted. Those not selected shall be notified in writing and should reapply when enrollment for new classes begin.