The city of Brookfield is receiving a higher learning institute for welding education next year. Grand River Welding Institute’s (GRWI) grand opening is scheduled for the beginning of March 2018, located at 103 North Livingston Street. The building is a 7,000 square-foot construction consisting of one classroom and 6,000 square feet of welding booths, grinding and cutting stations.

The facility offers a 20-week program covering four critical welding procedures, pipe fitting knowledge and OSHA safety training. Students will undergo eight-hour days, five days a week, consisting of one hour classroom instruction and a hefty seven hours of hands-on instruction per day. Another renovation to the institute is expected next year, after the first course, with plans for an administration building.

The course is broken down into four phases.

The first phase covers structural metal arc welding (SMAW), using 6010/7018 welding rods. The second phase goes over gas tungsten (GTAW) and structural metal arc welding using 70 wire electrodes and 7018 rods. The third phase explains GTAW using ER309 stainless steel welding rods. The fourth and final phase teaches GTAW with ER308 stainless steel welding rods.

The aforementioned welding rods and wire electrodes are used in conjunction with a flux coating to create welds on metals.

Founder and owner of GRWI Eric Adams expressed excitement to be able to teach SMAW in his classrooms. He says stainless steel welding is often overlooked in other courses and is an excellent skill to acquire for real-world work. His experience comes from more than 40 facilities he has welded for, including multiple coal refineries and nuclear power plants.

After completion of the 20-week course, students will be tested for certification by a certified weld inspector.

Adams birthed the idea for the facility about three years ago.

“My daughter came home one day and said she wished I was a teacher,” Adams said. “From there I decided it was up to me. It’s about going for what you want … it’s possible to be anything you want to be and here I am. It’s kind of unreal.”

Adams stated the tuition rate will be around $20,000 for the entirety of the course. However, financial aid isn’t available for students until six months after the facility opens for business.

“It’s a small investment for the opportunity welding provides,” Adams continued. “It’s possible to get out of school and make upwards of six figures in welding.”

Adams said that employment rate is expected to be high upon completion of the course. He stated through a number of previous employers, the constant industrial need for welding and the real-world skills GRWI is expected to give, employment opportunities should be plentiful.