Certification Courses

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As part of its Learning Innovations For Tomorrow talent development program, LIFT offers skilled trades certification courses in some of the most in-demand advanced manufacturing careers – right from its Learning Lab in Detroit.

The courses, resulting in nationally portable and industry recognized credentials, set students on the path for successful careers in advanced manufacturing.

Courses include welding, CNC machining, industrial technology maintenance and robotics and complete tuition assistance is available for nearly all enrolled students.

Don’t wait until tomorrow, start earning your advanced manufacturing credential today!


Welding Technician Training

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LIFT’s Welding Technician program prepares students to become entry-level welders in either Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG) or Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG). Utilizing curriculum aligned to the American Welding Society SENSE Level I standards, this course covers the required knowledge, attitude, skills, and habits required to perform routine, predictable, repetitive, and procedural welding tasks. Topics include: Safety, Occupational Orientation, Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) or Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), four Thermal Cutting Processes, and Welding Inspection and Testing.

Level 1 partial completion certificate for GTAW and GMAW

Cost: $5,000 (Tuition Assistance is available)

Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMMA)

Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG)

Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW)

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG)

All welding, thermal cutting processes and modules:

Online/Theory Hours: 88

Hands-On Hours: 494

Total Hours: 582

CNC Operations Training

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LIFT’s CNC Operations program prepares students to operate CNC mills and lathes. Utilizing curriculum aligned to NIMS Machining standards, this course covers: Machine maintenance, safety, print reading, measurements, inspection, cutting tool assembly, geometrical dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T), and hands-on project-based learning done in the Learning Lab

CNC Operations Certification

Cost: $4,500 (Tuition Assistance is available)

Required Hours: Approximately 292 Hours

Industrial Technology Maintenance

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Industrial Maintenance Technicians install, repair and maintain commercial or industrial machinery in buildings, a plant, or a manufacturing setting. These technicians ensure all machines function properly through troubleshooting and preventative maintenance service.


Online/Theory Hours: 201

Hands-On Hours: 201

Total Hours: 402


Online/Theory Hours: 236

Hands-On Hours: 234

Total Hours: Approximately 470

Robotics Technician Training

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Robotics Technicians build, install, test, or maintain robotic equipment or related automated production systems.

Online/Theory Hours: 230

Hands-On Hours: 325

Total Hours: Approximately 555

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