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Trades & Manufacturing

Explore new horizons in your career with Iowa Western’s Continuing Education classes in Trades & Manufacturing.

Some of the classes at Iowa Western Continuing Education include:

Online Programs

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Available Courses

   05/20/24 - Council Bluffs

May 20, 2024 - August 21, 2024 6:00pm - 9:00pm Mondays & Wednesdays 
Students will perform welds utilizing a combination of GMAW/MIG & SMAW (STICK welding) on multiple projects in the flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead positions. As the class progresses students will be introduced to several different electrodes as well as electrode sizes. With new electrodes/sizes students will gain the knowledge of how to adjust settings for each as well as for what position. Students will have the opportunity to attempt AWS certifications at the end of this course.  Students will be briefly introduced to FCAW during this course.

Start Date: 05/20/24
End Date: 08/21/24
Seats Available: 0
Cost: $2500
Location: Council Bluffs
   09/16/24 - Council Bluffs

September 16, 2024 - December 18, 2024 6:00pm - 9:00pm Mon-Wed 
Students will perform welds utilizing a combination of GMAW/MIG & SMAW (STICK welding) on multiple projects in the flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead positions. As the class progresses students will be introduced to several different electrodes as well as electrode sizes. With new electrodes/sizes students will gain the knowledge of how to adjust settings for each as well as for what position. Students will have the opportunity to attempt AWS certifications at the end of this course.  Students will be briefly introduced to FCAW during this course.

Start Date: 09/16/24
End Date: 12/18/24
Seats Available: 8
Cost: $2500
Location: Council Bluffs
   09/16/24 - Council Bluffs

Students will perform welds utilizing a combination of GMAW/MIG & SMAW (STICK welding) on multiple projects in the flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead positions. As the class progresses students will be introduced to several different electrodes as well as electrode sizes. With new electrodes/sizes students will gain the knowledge of how to adjust settings for each as well as for what position. Students will have the opportunity to attempt AWS certifications at the end of this course.  Students will be briefly introduced to FCAW during this course.
Mon & Thurs 9:00am-12:00pm 23rd Ave 

Start Date: 09/16/24
End Date: 12/18/24
Seats Available: 8
Cost: $2500
Location: Council Bluffs
   08/19/24 - Council Bluffs Campus

8/19/24 - 12/13/24 Kinney Hall 

This series consists of the completion of five classes to receive a certificate. 

  • Forced Air Heating
  • Electricity for HVAC/R
  • Equipment Safety & Operation
  • Applied Practices 1: Repair & Service
  • Technical Math
Start Date: 08/19/24
End Date: 12/13/24
Seats Available: 4
Cost: $2675
Location: Council Bluffs Campus
   08/21/24 - Council Bluffs Campus

8/19/24 - 12/13/24 Kinney Hall 

This series consists of the completion of five classes to receive a certificate. 

  • Building Construction Tech
  • Principles of Building Construction
  • Reading Construction Blueprints
  • Construction Safety
  • Technical Math
Start Date: 08/21/24
End Date: 12/13/24
Seats Available: 4
Cost: $3000
Location: Council Bluffs Campus


Refunds: You may cancel your registration 5 business days prior to the start of the class date and receive a 100% refund excluding the $50 non-refundable processing fee. If contacting outside Iowa Western Community College’s Continuing Education Department business hours, leave a voicemail and or send the department an email. Iowa Western’s Continuing Education is not responsible for refunds if contact is not pursued via voicemail and or email. In compliance with the IWCC policy, refunds will only be produced in the form of a check.  A check will be issued within 14 business days after the refund is admitted to the customer. Refund will be sent to the customer’s address that is on file. Certain program restrictions may apply. Contact Continuing Education for more details at ce@iwcc.edu.

Cancellations: Iowa Western reserves the right to cancel any class where difficulties arise in staffing or scheduling or where a minimum enrollment is not achieved.  A full refund will be issued for all canceled classes.

Transfers/Withdrawals: Transfers may be subject to $25.00 transfer fee.  Non-attendance for a class does not constitute a withdrawal and refunds are not issued for non-attendance.  Transfers may be made up to two full business days (unless otherwise noted in the class information) prior to the start date of the class.  After that time, transfers will not be permitted and no refund will be issued.