Advanced Manufacturing

Welding offers rewarding and challenging career opportunities both indoors and outdoors in a variety of industries ranging from repair jobs to fabrication/construction activities. If you look around, almost everything made of metal is welded. The world’s tallest buildings, airplanes, ships, race cars, home appliances and automobiles are just a few examples. There are many ways to make a weld, and there is a wide variety of metals and alloys that can be welded. Welding has become complex and technical and requires a great deal of knowledge to be able to select the proper process for critical work. Excellent hand-eye coordination are attributes of highly-skilled and well-paid welders. This program will prepare students to take an AWS Qualification Exam.

Award: Diploma
Credits: 36
Locations: Peosta
Entry: Fall

Paying for the Program

Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $7,992*
Program Supplies: $150 - 200

Financial Aid Info

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.

Potential Careers

  • Robot Operator
  • Welder
  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®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. ACCUPLACER® scores are valid for three years, and ALEKS® scores are valid for 18 months.
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2019-2020 Welding Class Schedule


SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0
WEL:110 Welding Blueprint Reading 2.0
WEL:192 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 4.0
WEL:427 Basic Arc Welding (SMAW) 3.0
WEL:433 Basic Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) 3.5
WEL:434 Flame/Plasma Cutting Fundamentals 1.5


COM:723 Workplace Communications 3.0
MAT:772 Applied Math 3.0
WEL:148 Arc Welding Intermediate (SMAW) 3.0
WEL:227 Advanced Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) 3.0
WEL:429 Advanced Arc Welding (SMAW) 3.5
WEL:435 Pipe Welding 3.5


Communication Electives: COM:723, ENG:105

Math Electives: MAT:102, MAT:744, MAT:772, MAT:773, transfer-level MAT

Note: Prior to the completion of Term 1, students are required to provide their program faculty with a copy of their First Aid/CPR certificate.

Gainful Employment Information

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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.

Chris Carlson

Christopher Carlson, Ed.D.
Dean of Career and Technical Education

  • Email: carlsonc@nicc.edu
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2168
  • Location: Peosta

Jeff Henry
Welding Instructor

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