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Production Welding Short-Term Training Program

The Production Welding program prepares students for high-demand, entry-level employment in welding. Welders work in a variety of manufacturing environments.

Students are trained to produce quality gas metal arc (MIG) welds on structural carbon steel using proper techniques and procedures and to perform fillet welds in flat, horizontal, and vertical positions. Students also receive training in 10-hour OSHA general industry, applied math, electric arc welding safety, and welding-related blueprint reading. At the end of the program, students must successfully complete the AWS qualification.

Career Opportunities

Demand for welders is high with manufacturing businesses in the Cedar Valley.

In nine weeks, individuals completing the non-credit certificate may find entry-level employment as welders. Welders work overtime frequently. Wages do not include overtime compensation.

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Welders $30,300 $37,900 $41,800

Source: 2018 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

Hawkeye Community College cannot guarantee employment or promotion.

Who Should Enroll?

This program is for individuals who like to solve problems, enjoy working with their hands to fix and repair things, and have strong math and mechanical skills. Individuals should also be comfortable handling and moving objects and performing general physical activities such as standing, lifting, moving, and walking.

Admission Requirements

No admissions requirements or entrance exam is needed.

Required Equipment

Before students can participate in lab activities, they must have appropriate safety equipment, including welding helmet and gloves, safety glasses, leather shoes, long sleeve shirt, ear plugs, chipping hammer, wire brush, and pliers/vice grip.

Class Information

Class meets: January 12–March 30, 2021, Monday–Thursday from 5:00–9:00pm.
No class January 18.
Location: Cedar Falls Center
Cost: $2,699. Financial assistance may be available to qualifying businesses and individuals.


Register for Production Welding

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    Cedar Falls Center
    319-266-6772 (fax)
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    Trade & Industry Coordinator

    Jerry Orr
    319-296-2329, ext.3010
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