A female student wearing a protective suit and a mask welds two pieces of metal together in the Peosta lab.


Subject Area: STEM, Advanced Manufacturing and Construction

Award: Diploma

Minimum Credits: 37

Location: Peosta

Entry: Fall

Contact email: doughertyj@nicc.edu


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.

The demand for welders is high, and technical training provides you with improved opportunities and career progression. This program will prepare students to take an AWS Qualification Exam.

Admissions Requirements
  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Complete ACCUPLACER® admission testing. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. Scores are valid for three years.
  3. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
Academic Requirements

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0
WEL:110 Welding Blueprint Reading 2.0
WEL:192 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 4.0
WEL:228 Intro to Welding, Safety, and Health of Welders: SENSE 1 1.0
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


Term 2
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 Elective 3.0
* Math Elective 3.0


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.

Employment Information

With an annual income range of $25,812 - $42,515 and a projected growth of 24.7%, the career outlook for Welding graduates is outstanding.

Salary Source: Institutional Effectiveness; Salary range represents 10th-90th percentile earnings for related occupations in the NICC district. Growth rate based on projections from 2010-2020.

View Gainful Employment information for this program.

Experience/Skills/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.

Employers of past NICC Alumni

Advance Pump & Equip, Peosta, IA
American Iowa Manufacturing, Cascade, IA
Anderson Products
Behnke Enterprises, Farley, IA
Decker Precision Metals, Peosta, IA
EIP, Earlville, IA
Farmtek, Dyersville, IA
John Deere, Dubuque, IA
KD Welding, Hanover, IL
Kinze Manufactory, Williamsburg, IA
Mi-T-M, Peosta, IA
Mobile Track Solution, Elkader, IA
Paladin, New Vienna, IA
Premier Tool, Peosta, IA
Timken Drives LLC, Fulton, IL
Triton Manufacturing, Farley, IA
XL Specialized Trailers, Manchester, IA

Sample Job Titles

Robot Operator

For additional job titles, visit O-Net.


Lenny Graves
Dean of Career and Technical Education
800.728.2256, ext. 240

John Dougherty
Welding Instructor
800.728.7367, ext. 271