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Iowa Western Community College

Welding Certificate

August 19 - December 13, 2019
Evening Class! Meets T/W/Th
IWCC Council Bluffs, Kinney Hall

Learn welding for a reliable and in-demand trade! 

Education 2 Employment Tuition Assistance Program

This career training is approved for FREE tuition assistance through our Education 2 Employment program for eligible Iowa residents. Financial assistance may include training tuition, textbooks, tools, certification fees, required materials and other services. Email rjensen@iwcc.edu or call (712) 325-3268 for more information! 

About The Program

The Welding Certificate program prepares students to enter into the industry as beginning production, maintenance, or job shop welders. Students are trained in the latest techniques in fabrication of materials by welding processes. The Welding Certificate is designed to teach fundamental techniques and principles. The pathway also provides for an overview of related topics, such as metallurgy and fabrication, layout, estimating and repair.

Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will: 

  • Demonstrate appropriate safe work habits when operating oxyfuel and electric welding equipment and function safely in a welding environment.
  • Demonstrate welding operations with appropriate process on various metals and situations.
  • Display manipulative skills with various welding processes to assure adequate weld integrity and appearance.
  • Interpret blueprint welding symbols to fabricate components.
  • Demonstrate the basic principles and application of metallurgy.


$3100 (Cost of textbooks not included. Estimated cost $670)


Contact Rachel Jensen at rjensen@iwcc.edu or (712) 325-3268 for more information.

Career & Salary Information

Welding is a career that offers more choices of industries to work in and advancement opportunities than just about any other career choice. Welders are needed in almost every industry and those who want to advance their career have the ability to do so with additional schooling. Sample of reported job titles are Maintenance Welder; Welder Fabricator, Solderer; Production Welder. Promotion options include becoming a pipe welder, shop foreman/forewoman and shift supervisor. With certification, you may have the option to work in welding inspection. 

Industries employing welders include manufacturing, construction and specialty trade contractors. Potential employers are Omaha Standard, Conductix, Valmont, Lozier, Sabre Industries and Carry on Trailers. The average hourly wage is $17.32. Source EMSI. 

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