Welding Certificate

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Industrial Technology

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Council Bluffs Campus

Program Information

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. 

Students who complete this certificate will earn credit toward completion of the Welding Technology diploma.

Job Outlook

1,205 Jobs (2020)

+1.2% Change from 2020-2025

Data is from the Omaha Metropolitans Area, and the seven counties in Southwest Iowa that Iowa Western serves

What will you do

A welder takes various metal components and uses intense heat to fuse them together to form a final product. Thus, they must have the strength and skills to manage welding equipment. After completing a postsecondary training program they can be employed in numerous industries, including construction, steel, aerospace and motor vehicles, each of which may depend on their level of expertise.


  • Entry: $16.06
  • Average: $19.66
  • Experienced: $30.64

Career Examples

  • Welders (Production)
  • Fabricators
  • Production Technicians
  • Laboratory Technicians
  • Quality Control Inspectors
  • Cutters
  • NDT Technicians
  • General Labor Operations Workers

First Semester

WEL 149 - Fundamentals of Shielded Metal Arc Welding 3.0 Credit(s)
WEL 192 - Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 4.0 Credit(s)
WEL 228 - Introduction to Welding, Safety, and Health of Workers 1.0 Credit(s)
WEL 233 - Print Reading and Welding Symbol Interpretations 3.0 Credit(s)
WEL 256 - Gas Metal Arc Welding 4.5 Credit(s)
WEL 259 - Oxy-Acetylene Arc Welding 1.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 16.5 Credits

Total Semester Hours Required: 16.5


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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Demonstrate safe operation of welding equipment.
  • Use appropriate welding operations with various metals and situations.
  • Demonstrate welding skills to assure adequate weld integrity and appearance.
  • Interpret blueprint welding symbols to fabricate components.


Program Disclaimers

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