Gateway Offers Basic Welding Boot Camp

Gateway Community and Technical College will offer an eight-week Basic Welding Level 1 Boot Camp at the college’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing at the Boone Campus in Florence. The camp begins Aug 15 and ends Oct. 10.

“We are offering these classes to help overcome a shortage of qualified welders in the area,” said Carissa Schutzman, Gateway dean of Workforce Solutions. “In just eight weeks, participants will learn the basic theory, set-up, operation and related safety techniques for Oxy-Fuel and Plasma arc cutting, as well as SMAW (stick), GMAW (MIG), and GTAW (TIG) processes.”

The boot camp meets weekly on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no class meeting Aug. 29.

The cost of the course is $600 per person. Participants are responsible for their personal protective equipment, including welding helmets, gloves, safety glasses and any other required equipment.

Deadline to register for the class is Aug. 4.

Gateway will conduct a Basic Welding Level 2 Boot Camp next spring. Completing the fall Level 1 course is required for enrollment in the advanced course next spring.

For more information or to register, contact Regina Schadler at 859-442-1170 or regina.schadler@kctcs.edu.