Iowa Western Community College

Welding Technology

Welding Technology

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall Only
Program Length: 2 Semesters
Award: Diploma


Completed Online: No
Completed in the Evenings: No
Pathway: Career Path
Career Cluster: Industrial Technology and Transportation
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus



About the Program

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.  Graduates of this program are awarded a diploma.

 

New program pending state and regional accreditation approval

Career Information

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.

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 principles and application of metallurgy.
  • Demonstrate basic pipe welding skills.
  • Fabricate a welding project using multiple welding techniques.
  • Identify multiple welding certification processes for the different career opportunities within welding. 

SALARY INFORMATION
Average: $17.32
Entry Level: $14.98
Experienced: $24.29

* Salary information from EMSI Analyst Database.