Advanced Manufacturing

Wanting to create and build the world around you is great motivation for a welding career. Through hands-on training you will learn the skills required to excel as a welder, including Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding and welding in different positions. Gain skills and experience in plasma cutting, pipe welding and identifying basic blueprint symbols. This program prepares you to take an AWS Qualification Exam.

Welding is a Competency-Based Education program. This flex-paced option allows you to set the pace of your learning. Once you master a skill, you will move on to the next skill, progressing through class on your schedule. Welding graduates are in high-demand globally; 99 percent of students in this program are employed immediately after graduation.

Award: Diploma
Credits: 36
Locations: Peosta
Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Paying for the Program


Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $9,108*
Program Supplies: $2,440

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

Financial Aid Info
  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
  3. Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment for course placement. Assessments may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, or SAT® test scores. Reading and writing scores are valid for three years, and math scores are valid for two years. 
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Experience, Skills and Personality Traits

Welders must be in good physical shape in order to bend, stoop and move into awkward positions. They also need excellent manual dexterity and proficient hand-eye coordination. Welders must have patience and the ability to concentrate for extended periods. Welding is an art, where it helps to picture what you have to do on a project before doing it.

Jeff Henry
Welding Instructor

  • Email: henryje@nicc.edu
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2271
  • Location: Peosta

Logan Brimeyer
Welding Instructor

  • Email: brimeyerlo@nicc.edu
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2270
  • Location: Peosta