Welding Schools in Illinois
in Illinois by 2026*
Lincoln Tech’s Melrose Park campus is located just 20 minutes west of downtown Chicago. This location is ideal for a welding school, as a nearby major city like Chicago is always in need of welding services in both the private and public sector. Welders are needed in residential and commercial construction, as well as continued maintenance of roadway and bridge infrastructure. The massive US automotive and agricultural industries in the upper Midwest also require welders to build and maintain vehicles and structures.
Excellent Proximity to Employment Opportunities
Chicago is just one of many large cities in the Great Lakes region that our Melrose Park welding school is near. There are eight major mid-western cities near our school and four are within easy commuting distance (under 1.25 hours):
Cities within Easy Commuting Distance from Melrose Park, IL
- Chicago (downtown) – 20 minutes
- Gary, Indiana – 48 minutes
- Kenosha, WI – 60 minutes
- Michigan City, MI – 75 minutes
Large Cities Near the Chicago Area
- Milwaukee, WI – 90 minutes
- South Bend, IN – 2 hours
- Madison, WI – 2.25 hours
- Indianapolis, IN – 3 hours
The Welding Program at our Melrose Park Campus
This is an ideal location as it is in close proximity to cities with significant employment opportunities. At the Melrose Park campus, welding students learn the three most used processes in the industry, which include Shielded Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG), and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG). It also teaches the Flux Core Arc Welding process, as well as OSHA approved safety procedures.
If you’ve heard of the Skills Gap, then no doubt you are aware that our nation is experiencing a shortage of highly skilled labor with technical expertise. By learning a skilled trade such a welding, you are building a career with opportunity and helping our national economy continue to grow and prosper.
* Career growth projections can be found at https://www.careeronestop.org/Toolkit/StateAndLocal/ProjectedEmployment.aspx?soccode=514121&location=Illinois&dataview=table for the years 2016-2026. Data is current as of May 26, 2020. Projected Annual Job Openings refers to the average annual job openings due to growth and net replacement.