Veterans Welding Training
United Automobile Workers – Ford (UAW-Ford) is dedicated to showing appreciation and support to our country’s military veterans and their families. Our nation’s military veterans have fulfilled great commitments in protecting our country’s freedom.
UAW-Ford and Wounded Warriors Family Support have partnered to provide a training program in welding for U.S. military veterans. UAW-Ford is offering a six-week Welding Training Program, where selected veterans will train and test for 6G through 4F welding certification. The program will prepare participants to pursue apprenticeships and entry-level positions in welding throughout our nation in industries such as automotive, ship building, construction and many others. The program will take place at UAW-Ford’s Technical Training Center in Lincoln Park, Mich., near Detroit. Please contact the us for additional information on the class schedule.
In 2021, there are three courses scheduled: May 3 to June 11, July 19 to August 27, & October 4 to November 11.
*** All 2021 Courses have been filled. ***
We are accepting applications for the program but dates for the 2022 courses have not been determined.
Wounded Warriors Family Support will provide assistance to veterans selected to participate in the program.
We provide each participant with:
- Double occupancy lodging (each participant will have a roommate)
- Per diem for food
For a full overview of UAW-Ford’s Veterans Welding Training, click here.
Qualifications: Must be honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces.
Priority goes to Purple Heart Recipients & Combat Veterans, but not required.
To apply for the Veterans Welding Training, please fill out the following application.
Before proceeding further please note, we will need a copy of your Veteran’s DD214 and Purple Heart, DOD or VA disability breakdown at the end of this application. These forms are not required to start this process but will be needed to process the application. If the Purple Heart is evident on the DD214, you need only upload the DD214. If awarded after exiting the service, a copy of the Purple Heart award or a DD215 must accompany the DD214. Please note the VA disability Breakdown is not the overall award letter. It will have individual percentages of combat/service connected disabilities. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 402-932-7036.
Disclaimer: This program is to help our veterans develop a skill which would help them find meaningful employment upon completion. The UAW and Ford Motor Company neither guarantees nor provides employment opportunities upon completion.
UAW-Ford and Wounded Warriors Family Support have a special relationship. Michael Brewer completed the welding training course in 2015 with seven other veterans.
Army Specialist Michael Brewer sustained severe injuries to his hands and face in Afghanistan when he and his company were ambushed by insurgents. Despite his injuries, he was able to successfully navigate his vehicle through the attack, receiving an Army Commendation Medal for Valor for his actions, in addition to being awarded the Purple Heart. Micheal had 14 surgeries on his hands and two on his face. Despite being told that his injuries would prevent him from working with his hands, Brewer pursued the Wounded Warriors Family Support’s Veterans Welding Training Program. Brewer completed the program and re-entered the workforce. To further assist him on his path to a new career, Brewer also received a mobility-equipped 2015 Ford Explorer through Wounded Warriors Family Support’s Mobility is Freedom program.