Welding (GMAW)

Advanced Manufacturing

Learn basic safety concepts and practices, welding symbols and welding blueprints. You'll also be introduced to wire fed Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) of structural steel.

Award: Career Pathway Certificate
Credits: Noncredit
Locations: Manchester, Oelwein, Peosta, Waukon

Paying for the Program


Program Supplies: $100

There are many options available for tuition savings. Contact the Admissions or Financial Aid office for more information.

You may qualify to earn a Career Pathway Certificate at no cost if you meet all eligibility requirements.

Career Outlook


Estimated annual salary for Welding (GMAW) graduates represents median annual wage from EMSI's Analyst, Career Coach and Institutional Research data.

Potential Careers

  • Entry-level Welder

Register and pay tuition now for the next class offering or Apply for Tuition Assistance.

  • For Tuition Assistance contact NICC Business and Community Solutions to complete the following:
    • Tuition Assistance Program Application
    • CASAS Assessment
    • Interview with NICC staff
Enrollment Information Request Information
Welding Blueprint Reading
Basic Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
Total Hours - 144 hours

In partnership with Greater Dubuque Development Corporation and Opportunity Dubuque, the College will provide child care assistance at no cost to those who qualify while students are in class for this program. Also, full-time employed graduates from this program may qualify for additional child care support for up to 12 months at a licensed or registered child care provider. Child care services are available in the Dubuque and Peosta areas only.

Graduates of this Career Pathway Certificate program may enter the workforce or transfer course credit into the Welding diploma program. For a listing of courses and how they transfer, visit the transfer webpage and select "Credit for NICC non-credit coursework."

Scott Loeffelholz

Scott Loeffelholz
Business and Community Solutions

  • Email: loeffelholzsc@nicc.edu
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2285
  • Location: Peosta