Career Academies

Welding Academy

The Welding Academy gives you the chance to explore a career in the welding field while earning college credit before you graduate from high school!

This academy begins to prepare you for entry into the industry as beginning production, maintenance, or job shop welders. You are trained using the latest techniques in the fabrication of materials by welding processes.

Welding is one of the most high-demanded skills in the Cedar Valley area as Iowa has a large number of manufacturers. Many graduates of Hawkeye’s Welding program earn starting wages of $13-17 per hour depending on their skill level.

Career Opportunities

Your career opportunities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Brazer
  • Cutter
  • Solderer
  • Welder

Program Costs

  • Your school district pays for your courses and provides the textbooks.
  • You are responsible for transportation costs to the course location.
  • You are responsible for any field trips and activities out of the classroom.

Who can participate?

  • Any 9th-12th grade student who meets the requirements.
  • Students who are able to travel to the course locations.

What can you do after you graduate from high school?

If you complete the Welding Academy, you will receive up to 11 credits (approximately a $1,600 value) toward your college degree!

You can continue your education at Hawkeye in programs such as the Welding program.

Where are the courses located?

Welding Academy courses are located at Hawkeye's on Hawkeye’s Main Campus and the Independence Center.

Course locations may vary; contact your guidance counselor for availability.

Welding Academy Courses

General Education course

Fall Semester

MAT764 Math for Welders

2 credits—This course introduces the basic mathematics principles that are using in the welding and metal fabrication field. Topics include: whole numbers, common fraction, decimal fractions, measurement, percentages and the metric system. This course includes hands on measuring activities.

Lecture Hours: 32

WEL104 Introduction to MIG Welding

2 credits—This course is an introduction to the Gas Metal Arc Welding process, also known as MIG Welding and Flux Cored Arc Welding. Topics include safety, theory of operation, advantages of both processes, types of power sources, types of wire electrodes and shielding gases, types of metal transfer, types of joints, minor equipment maintenance and basic welding terminology. Shop practice will include welding the five basic joints, with both welding processes, on mild steel in the flat and horizontal positions.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

WEL134 Cutting Processes

2 credits—This course is an introduction to principles and practices of oxy-fuel cutting, plasma cutting, and arc air gouging. Topics include: safety, theory of operation, equipment, proper set-up procedures and basic terminology. Shop practice includes plasma cutting and arc air gouging principles and practices and flame cutting of mild steel.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 48

Spring Semester

WEL111 Welding Blueprint Reading

3 credits—This course is an introduction to basic welding blueprint reading. Topics include: the importance of blueprints as a form of communications, basic lines and views, dimensioning methods, tolerances, bill of material, identifying structural shapes and basic sketching principles. The application and interpretation of awes welding symbols and abbreviations is emphasized. Students will fabricate parts from the blueprint book.

Lecture Hours: 48

WEL234 Introduction to GMAW II

2 credits—The introduction to Gas Metal Arc Welding II course will allow students to enhance their basic welding hands-on skills to improve their proficiency using Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding processes. Shop practice will include welding the five basic joints, with both welding processes, on mild steel in the flat and horizontal positions.

Lab Hours: 96

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in WEL104.



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