Welding (GMAW)

Advanced Manufacturing

The Welding (GMAW) Career Pathway Certificate program teaches the principles of interpreting manufacturing-part blueprints, the use of basic measuring tools and identification of welding symbols. Students will also learn Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) processes, principles, benefits and the development of safe working habits and familiarity with welding-related equipment. This program is designed to prepare students for employment or continuation in our extended welding diploma program.

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

Paying for the Program


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

Career Outlook

$22,318 - 56,662

Estimated annual salary range for Advanced Manufacturing graduates based on EMSI. Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations ​within a 100-mile radius from the center distance between Calmar and Peosta Campuses.

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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."

Alexandra Monaghan
Program Developer

  • Email: monaghanal@nicc.edu
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2285
  • Location: Peosta
Shara Sparrgrove

Shara Sparrgrove, B.B.A.
Success Model Coordinator

  • Email: sparrgroves@nicc.edu
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 3105
  • Location: Dubuque