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Lee Caughron
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Welding Instructor:

Adam Melton

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Student Apprenticeship

Nationally Certified! (6376 bytes)Our program is an institutional member of the nationally-recognized American Welding Society (AWS). Instructor is an AWS Certified Welding Inspector (CWI).

Looking for a career in an ever-growing field? Industrial Welding may be what you are looking for!

Welding plays an important role in the expansion and production of our industries. Graduates of this program will be ready for the challenge of this ceaselessly growing field.

What Will You Learn?

The Industrial Welding curriculum includes:

  • Metallurgy
  • Fillers
  • Hard surfacing
  • Arc welding
  • Print reading
  • On-the-job training
  • Oxy-Acetylene cutting
  • Surface preparation
  • Mig and tig welding
  • Layout and job procedures
  • Plasma Arc cutting
  • Air-Carbon Arc cutting
GRTS welding students contribute each year to "Festival of Lights"
at Simpson Park in Chillicothe. Here are just two of their projects!

Read more about the Festival of Lights Arch

Is Industrial Welding the Career for Me?

The Industrial Welding program at GRTS prepares students for high-demand careers in the welding industry. Many of the products we use each day are manufactured using different welding processes. The use of these products grows daily, thus increasing the number of jobs for people with welding skills. The need to fill these jobs is not concentrated in major metropolitan areas, but is found throughout the country and the world.

In addition to developing the necessary technical skills required for a career in the welding industry, students will also have the opportunity to:

  • Improve math and computer skills
  • Complete a pre-employment preparation program
  • Develop career portfolios, including the preparation of resumes and letters of application
  • Develop communication skills by participating in mock interviews
CONGRATULATIONS to one of our 2019 GRTS Industrial Welding graduates, Nick Wyckoff (Hamilton), on his Level 2 Apprenticeship! Prior to graduation, Nick signed a letter of intent with P1 Group, Inc. through the Millwrights Union Local 1529 out of Kansas City, MO. Nick earned 5 welding certifications while at GRTS, helping him skip the first level of apprenticeship, allowing him to start as a Level 2 Apprentice. In addition to earning a good wage, he is also learning the Millwrights craft and is on track to become a journeyman almost a year ahead of schedule.
Lee Caughron and student sign apprenticeship Nick Wyckhoff
2019 Welding Grad in Millwright Apprenticeship

Where Do You Begin?

Post-secondary students need to have a high school diploma or equivalent. Our tuition fees are based on the cost of operation of the program and are set in July of each school year. A $50 enrollment fee is due at the time of enrollment and is credited to the first semester tuition.

High school students attend for three hours per day over a 2-year period. Post-secondary students attend classes for six hours per day for nine months, giving them a total of 1,080 hours of instruction. (Click image at left to see more on our non-traditional welding student's project.)

Where Can I Go From Here?

Students who successfully complete the program will receive both a certificate of completion and 30 articulated college credit hours with North Central Missouri College in Trenton. Maintaining excellent grades and attendance can give students the opportunity to join the Ironworkers Apprenticeship program where the student earns over $16.78 per hour while receiving advanced training in the welding field.

Large concentrations of welders are found in the following industries:

  • Industrial machinery and equipment
  • Transportation equipment
  • Fabricated metal products
  • Services
  • Construction

Average Annual Earnings: $34,000-$37,000

Please contact us for more information.

Career Pathways

Welding Machine Operators:

  • Electroslag, Friction, Thermite
  • Laser-Beam-Machine Operators
  • Welding Machine Setters and Set-Up Operators


  • Arc Cutter
  • Arc Welder
  • Combination Welder - Arc, Gas, Fitters, Production

Military Employment:

  • Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy

A+ Students

Free tuition available at GRTS for qualifying A+ students. Contact GRTS financial aid office to find out how much A+ will cover for your program!

The Grand River Technical School adheres to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of age, color, creed, handicap, marital or parental status, national origin, race, religion, or sex in admissions, educational programs, activities, financial aid, and employment.

Public Notice
Nondiscrimination Statement
Chillicothe R-II School District

The Chillicothe R-II School District complies with all federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1974 and the American Disabilities Act (ADA). It is the policy of the school district that no person, on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap, shall be discriminated against in employment, educational programs and activities or admissions. Inquiries or complaints concerning the Chillicothe R-II School Districtís compliance with the regulations implementing Title II, Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 or the American Disabilities Act (ADA) may be directed to: Superintendent Office, Chillicothe R-II School District, P.O. Box 530, Chillicothe, Missouri, 64601. (660-646-4566).

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