Real life GRWI student success story!

Grand River Welding Institute is a post secondary trade school in Missouri that has a emphasis on stainless steel pipe welding. GRWl’s welding program will consist of four major welding procedures to become a certified pipe welder. Students will be instructed by field experienced personnel qualified by GRWl’s weld testing and field knowledge experience.

Student/instructor ratio will be no more than 12:1 in the work training area (weld booths). Each student will have 1 hour classroom training and 7 hours hands on training per day. All students will be orientated and OSHA safety trained the first week of the program.

Through our program, students will learn critical field safety, basic pipefitting knowledge, and 4 critical welding procedures used in the field today. All classroom instruction will be verbal, along with diagrams, example videos, and marker board example drawings.

All students will be given designated welding booths in the shop area for hands on training. All booths will be setup according to safety regulations as well as testing qualification regulations. Welding tables and welding machines will be advanced to up-to-date field advantages and procedures.

All students will be graded by visual weld performance daily. Visual and number of welds performed will be recorded on a 1-5 scale. Any student who falls behind on the learning process will have time to make up or retest anytime during the last 2 weeks of the program. The grading chart is only to inform instructors of who needs more instruction to advance in the program, additional training will be assumed by the lead instructor. Student must maintain a D(1.0)60% passing grade to complete the program.

The program total hours is 800 hours. Classroom and lab time are included in this time frame. Retesting is also included within the 775 hours, retesting weld coupons will have a 5 hour time limit.



Structural welding using 6010 and 7018 stick rod on flat plate in 4 positions.


GTAW/SMAW tig root 70s and 7018 stick rod on carbon pipe in 3 positions.


GTAW tig welding ER309 stainless welding on carbon pipe in 3 positions.


GTAW tig welding ER308 stainless welding on 304 stainless pipe in 3 positions.



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Grand River Welding Institute

103 North Livingston Street

Brookfield, MO 64628

Office (660)258-9353

Office Hours

M - F | 8 AM - 4:30 PM

Sat - Sun | Closed