Welding Technology Diploma

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Council Bluffs Campus

Program Information

The Welding Technology diploma program of study prepares students to enter into the industry as production, maintenance, or job shop welders. Students learn fundamental techniques and principles, metallurgy, fabrication, layout, estimating, and repair. Students will learn the different career options and welding certifications to better prepare them for the welding industry. 

Students who complete this diploma will have earned a Welding certificate by completion. 

New program pending state and regional accreditation approval

Job Outlook

  • 1,195 Jobs (2020)
  • +1.1% Change (2020-2025)

What will you do

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
  • Journeyman Welders
  • Welders/Fabricators
  • Mig Welders
  • Fitters/Welders
  • Combination Welders
  • Forklift Operators
  • Production Welders

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

Second Semester

MAT 743 - Technical Math 1 3.0 Credit(s)
MFG 190 - Metallurgy 2.0 Credit(s)
WEL 301 - Pipe Welding 2.0 Credit(s)
WEL 240 - Welding Fabrication/ Certification 3.0 Credit(s)
WEL 208 - Introduction to Fabrication 2.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 12.0 Credits

Total Semester Hours Required: 28.5


1May substitute for MAT 102 or higher


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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Demonstrate safe operation of welding equipment.

  • Demonstrate welding operations with various metals and situations to assure adequate weld integrity and appearance.

  • Interpret blueprint welding symbols to fabricate components.

  • Demonstrate the principles and application of metallurgy.

  • Fabricate a welding project using multiple welding techniques.

  • Identify the different career opportunities within welding.

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