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Welding (GMAW)

Award: Career Pathway Certificate


The Welding (GMAW) Career Pathway Certificate program teaches the principles of interpreting manufacturing-part blueprints, 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. At the conclusion of the program, students will have the skills to weld carbon steel in flat, horizontal and vertical positions with .035 or .045 diameter wire following American Welding Society (AWS) standards:

Code: D1.1
Process: GMAW-S
Gas: 90/10
Filler: ER70S-6 .035 or .045 wire
Position: 1G, 2G, 3G, 1F, 2F, 3F

This program will be delivered and assessed in the order listed below:



*Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Quality Practices and Measurement, Soft Skills
Completion requires passing MSSC exam.

40 hours

Basic Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Weld Symbols and American Welding Society (AWS) Certification Preparation 120 hours

Total Hours

160 hours

Six (6) credits from the Welding (GMAW) Career Pathway Certificate are transferable into the NICC Welding diploma program. In order to earn NICC credit for Career Pathway Certificate coursework, students must earn a minimum grade of C-.

*Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) is an industry-led, training, assessment and certification system based upon industry-defined and federally endorsed national standards and is the gold standard for front-line industrial training.

Welding (GMAW)

It is easy to apply to the Welding Career Pathway Certificate program! Simply follow the steps below to complete the application and assessment process. 

Step 1: Attend a Jobs with a Future Event

Register to attend a Jobs with a Future event. You will learn about in-demand careers in advanced manufacturing, earning potential and local employment and training options to get started in your career. Some events include networking sessions with industry leaders.

If you plan to enroll in a Career Pathway Certificate, attendance at a Jobs with a Future event is mandatory.

SessionDate & TimeLocationCall to Register
Jobs with a Future: Advanced Manufacturing June 20, 2015
10 a.m.
Town Clock Business Center, Dubuque 563.557.8271, ext. 380
Jobs with a Future: Advanced Manufacturing Oct. 7, 2015
5:30 p.m
Town Clock Business Center, Dubuque 563.557.8271, ext. 380

Step 2: Application and Assessment

There is no fee to apply, and applications are available at a Jobs with a Future event. Applicants to this program are required to complete an admission assessment, National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC). Assessment is offered at Iowa Workforce Development Offices in Dubuque and Decorah. Please bring your application to the assessment.

Step 3:  Interview

Interview with business and project team leaders for acceptance to the Career Pathway Certificate program!

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

Welding (GMAW)

Graduates of this Career Pathway Certificate program may enter the workforce or transfer credit into the NICC Welding diploma program. Course transfer information is listed in the chart below.

Career Pathway Course

Equivalent Diploma/AAS Course

Credit Hours

MSSC Quality Practices and Measurement | 40 hours

MFG:126 MSSC Quality Practices and Measurement


Entry Level GMAW Steel Certificate | 120 hours

WEL:110 Welding Blueprint Reading
WEL:412 Basic GMAW

160 contact hours

128 contact hours

6 credits total


Welding (GMAW)

Entry-level to Median Salary Range*

$25,789 - $31,879

Estimated Annual Statewide Openings*


Estimated Annual Statewide Growth Rate*


Employment Sponsors


    • AY McDonald
    • Berry Plastics
    • Bodine Electric Company
    • Bradley Iron Works
    • Decker Precision Machining, Inc.
    • Dubuque Screw Products
    • Dyersville Die Cast
    • EIMCo.
    • Energy Manufacturing Company
    • FarmTek
    • Giese Companies
    • Grove Tools, Inc.
    • Mi-T-M
    • Morrison Brothers
    • Premier Tooling & Manufacturing
    • Schieffer Co. International L.C.
    • Uelner Precision Tools & Dies
    • Unison Solutions
    • Universal Tank and Fabrication
    • Webber Metal Products Inc.


    • Alum-Line
    • Featherlite


    • Paladin Construction Group (Bradco),
    • Henderson Products Inc.
    • XL Specialized Trailers
    • EIP Manufacturing


    • Ashley Industrial Molding
    • Blessing Industries
    • Quality Plus Manufacturing
    • Transco Railway Products

*Iowa Workforce Development Data