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About The Program

You'll obtain skills in welding with each process in all positions in steel. Learn the necessary skills to weld in the manufacturing field. Our Combination Welding program includes training to help you demonstrate your potential to companies! Sharpen your math skills, get help preparing your resume and with your job search. Students completing the program will take AWS D1.1 test on 3/8” plate. Plates must qualify first before being sent to a third party testing. First qualification cost is covered by Iowa Western. 

Cost includes textbooks, welding symbol quick card, materials and supplies! We also provide the protective equipment for welding lab (helmet, gloves, jacket, and ear plugs). You must wear long pants or jeans with no holes or frays, a long sleeve shirt and work boots to every class.

"Tim is a great instructor, a privilage to learn from." Jeremy Johnson, Student

Program to Include

  • Advanced welding techniques: Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG) and Shielded Metal Arc Welding (Stick)
  • Math and blueprint reading for welders
  • Job workshop and resources

Non-Credit to Credit

Take your education to a whole new level and earn college credit toward a degree in Construction Technology. Successful completion of this program will earn you 3 hours of college credit for ARC Welding!

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 median hourly wage is $17.18. Source EMSI.