Welding Technology/Welder


Core Courses

  • Introduction to Welding, Safety, and Health of Welders: SENSE I
  • Print Reading and Welding Symbol Interpretation: SENSE I
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding I and II: SENSE I
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding Spray Transfer: SENSE I
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding Short Circuit Transfer: SENSE I
  • GMAW Developmental I and II
  • Thermal Cutting Processes I — Manual and Mechanized OxyFuel Cutting: SENSE I
  • Thermal Cutting Processes II — Plasma and Carbon Steel Arc: SENSE I
  • Flux Cored Arc Welding (Self-Shielded): SENSE I
  • Flux Cored Arc Welding (Gas-Shielded): SENSE I
  • SMAW Developmental II
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding for Carbon Steel: SENSE I
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding for Aluminum: SENSE I
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding for Austentitic Stainless Steel: SENSE I
  • GTAW Developmental
  • Welding Inspection and Testing Principles: SENSE I
  • Pipe Welding GTAW and SMAW
  • Welding Design
  • Procedures and Qualifications
  • Robotic Welding
  • Ag Computers

Program Details

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of credits: 64
Program Start: Fall

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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 $31,200 $39,900 $44,200
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders $33,700 $40,300 $43,600

Source: 2020 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

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

Gainful Employment


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. Complete Hawkeye's online admissions application to apply and be considered for the Welding Technology/Welder program.

  2. Request to have your transcripts sent to the Admissions office.

Step #2: Basic Skill Competencies

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

Step #3: Program Acceptance

Applicants meeting the Basic Skill Competencies Requirements criteria are eligible for acceptance.

Applicants not meeting the Basic Skill Competencies Requirements 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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