Advanced Manufacturing Welding


Core Courses

  • Flux Cored Arc Welding (Gas-Shielded): SENSE1
  • Flux Cored Arc Welding (Self-Shielded): SENSE1
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding Short Circuit Transfer: SENSE1
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding Spray Transfer: SENSE1
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding for Aluminum: SENSE1
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding for Austenitic Stainless Steel: SENSE1
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding for Carbon Steel
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding: Developmental
  • GMAW Developmental I
  • GMAW Developmental II
  • Introduction to Welding, Safety, and Health of Welders: SENSE1
  • Print Reading and Welding Symbol Interpretation: SENSE1
  • Robotic Welding
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding I: SENSE1
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding II: SENSE1
  • SMAW Developmental II
  • Thermal Cutting Processes I - Manual and Mechanized OxyFuel Cutting: SENSE1
  • Thermal Cutting Processes II - Plasma and Carbon Steel Arc: SENSE1

Program Details

Award: Diploma
Credits: 44

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Graduates find jobs as maintenance, production, manufacturing, construction, custom fabrication, or job shop welders. With advanced skill, graduates may find employment as pipe welders or iron workers.

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers $32,700 $41,800 $46,300
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders $35,300 $41,700 $44,800

Source: 2021 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

Many graduates in this field work overtime. Overtime wages are not included in the above average wages.


The following is a partial list of employers who have hired graduates from this program:

Business Location
ADA Enterprises, Inc. Northwood, IA
Baumgartner Gate Factory Manchester, IA
GMT Corporation Waverly, IA
Iowa Laser Technology Cedar Falls, IA
John Deere Waterloo and Ottumwa, IA

Admissions Requirements

Step #1: Apply at Hawkeye

  1. Apply for admission at Hawkeye.

  2. Send official transcripts to Admissions.

Step #2: Demonstrate College Readiness

In order to be eligible for the Welding program, all students must meet minimum score requirements and/or successfully complete the required college success courses in English, reading, and math with a C- grade or higher at Hawkeye Community College or comparable courses at another accredited college. For appropriate college success course placement, work with your program advisor.

Minimum score requirements
Math 40 Arithmetic 24 Pre-Algebra 14 240 Arithmetic
241 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
Reading 58 69 16 239 2.50
Writing 64 Sentence Skills 41 16 240 2.50

Step #3: Program Acceptance

Applicants successfully demonstrating college readiness criteria are eligible for acceptance.

Applicants falling short of successful demonstration of college readiness criteria will be accepted to a Pre-Program. As a pre-program student, you will begin with general education and prerequisite classes. An advisor will help you create an academic plan to meet your program admission requirements. Once you have completed your pre-program coursework contact Admissions.

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Contact Us

Admissions Email Admissions 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Academic/College Success Advisor Natasha Ceasar Email Natasha Ceasar
Schedule an appointment with Natasha Ceaser
319-296-2329 ext.1062 Buchanan Hall 126
Program Advisor Jeff Jantzen Email Jeff Jantzen 319-296-2329 ext.1432 Buchanan Hall 155B
Program Advisor Sierra Evans Email Sierra Evans 319-296-2329 ext.1347 Buchanan Hall 153E
Administrative Assistant Connie Smith Email Connie Smith 319-296-4009 Buchanan Hall 128
Dean Dave Grunklee Email Dave Grunklee 319-296-4042 Butler Hall 131A

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