For those looking to engage their minds and test their skill, fabrication and welding provides a variety of work across different industries that is both challenging and rewarding.

If considering a fabrication and welding school, take yourself to a new level and learn by doing in Ranken’s welding certificate and associate degree programs!

Is welding school right for you?

The best career for you would involve hands-on, physical work. You’d rather do a job that involves some heavy lifting than get stuck sitting in one place every day.

You want to learn skills that will give you the flexibility to work in a variety of industries throughout your career – including construction, car racing, aerospace or manufacturing.

Working in a variety of environments sounds good to you. You’ll go where the work is – whether it’s indoors or outdoors, on scaffolding or in small spaces, you get the job done.

Does this sound like you? If so, a welding trade school could be the path to a successful and rewarding career.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts good job opportunities for skilled welders with up-to-date training. Ranken’s two-semester Fabrication and Welding Technology program trains students on essential welding processes, using state-of-the-art equipment in the new Mary Ann Lee Technology Center.

Interested in seeing more of our Fabrication & Welding facilities? Take an interactive 360° virtual tour of Ranken Technical College’s FABRICATION & WELDING TECHNOLOGY department.

Why choose Ranken for your welding courses?

Welding is an essential component of our everyday lives. As a welder, you’ll work on our bridges, our cars and the machinery that makes modern life possible. You’ll be able to use your skills to work in many industries, including building construction, automotive, and manufacturing.

Ranken’s one-year welding certificate program will teach you the essential welding processes you need to get the job you want.

Interested in seeing more of our Manufacturing facilities? Take an interactive 360° virtual tour of Ranken Technical College’s MANUFACTURING departments.

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You’ll get the opportunity to work on the most current and high-tech machinery – our welding courses are held in a 7,500 square foot facility, housing 38 welding booths, a plasma cutting table, a magnetic drill press, two cranes, a shear and a band saw.

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Earn money while learning to become a professional welder.

The Fabrication & Welding program in Perryville is designed for students to have 8 weeks of instruction followed by 8 weeks of paid internship for two semesters.

Andrew Crowe

Instructor, Full Time


John Vanover

Instructor, Full Time


Rodney J. Eftink

Instructor, Full Time

John M. Otte

Instructor, Full Time

Paul L. Durkee

Instructor, Full Time

Stephen V. Thornhill

Adjunct Instructor, Evening School

Bradley M. Thomas

Instructor, Full Time

Nicholas I. Santos

Instructor, Full Time

Gregory D. McMullen

Adjunct Instructor, Evening School

J. David Granade

Adjunct Instructor, Evening School

John M. Cross

Adjunct Instructor, Evening School

Joseph B. Puglisi

Instructor, Full Time

Bradley A. Elbert

Instructor, Full Time

Cory J. Blair

Instructor – Fabrication and Welding Technology, Full Time

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Michael S. Crawford

Instructor - Hydraulics, Full Time

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Ron A. Hampton

Instructor, Full Time

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Joel C. Hill

Workforce Development Specialist and Instructor

MA in Management and Leadership, Webster University

MA in Human Resource Development, Webster University

BS in Organizational Leadership, Greenville College

AAS in Industrial Mechanics, Southwestern Illinois College

Mark A. Malcinski

Instructor, Full Time

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J.C. Owens

Instructor, Full Time

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Gregory S. Presley

Department Chair & Instructor, Full Time

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The curriculum in Ranken’s welding courses is very fabrication specific, and students are trained on industry-standard current machinery and equipment. The welding is done on plate and pipe on low carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum. In this two-semester welding certificate program, students develop proficiencies in:

  • Blueprint Reading and Quality Inspection
  • Welding Fabrication
  • Equipment Technology
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW/MIG)
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW/TIG)
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW/Stick)
  • Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)
  • Structural Fabrication

Several certification tests are offered in SMAW, GMAW and GTAW.

Riley Riehn

Department: Alumni Manufacturing
Engineering Technician @ TG Missouri Corporation

May 2019 Industrial Engineering Technology
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