Welding Technology/Welder

Program Options

Welding

Award: Certificate
Credits: 20
Length to Complete: 4 months (August 2021 – December 2021) *
Program Start: Fall
Enrollment Status: Full-time or Part-time

Cost: $4,150 **

Careers and Average Wages

Core Courses

  • Gas Metal Arc Welding Spray Transfer: SENSE1
  • GMAW Developmental II
  • Introduction to Welding, Safety, and Health of Welders: SENSE1
  • Print Reading and Welding Symbol Interpretation: SENSE1
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding I: SENSE1
  • SMAW Developmental I
  • Thermal Cutting Processes I - Manual and Mechanized OxyFuel Cutting: SENSE1
  • Thermal Cutting Processes II - Plasma and Carbon Steel Arc: SENSE1

View Welding Certificate Suggested Sequence of Study

Intermediate Manufacturing Welding

Award: Diploma
Credits: 36
Length to Complete: 9 months (August 2021 – May 2022) *
Program Start: Fall
Enrollment Status: Full-time or Part-time

Cost: $7,470 **

Careers and Average Wages

Core Courses

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

View Intermediate Manufacturing Welding Suggested Sequence of Study

Advanced Manufacturing Welding

Award: Diploma
Credits: 48
Length to Complete: 17 months (August 2021 – December 2022) *
Program Start: Fall
Enrollment Status: Full-time or Part-time

Cost: $10,060 **

Careers and Average Wages

Core Courses

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

View Advanced Manufacturing Welding Suggested Sequence of Study

Welding Technology/Welder

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Credits: 64
Length to Complete: 21 months (August 2021 – May 2023) *
Program Start: Fall
Enrollment Status: Full-time or Part-time

Cost: $13,612.50 **

Careers and Average Wages

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.

Core Courses

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

View Welding Technology/Welder Suggested Sequence of Study

Production Welding Short-Term Training Program

Non-credit program offering ***

Length to Complete: 3 months
Cost: $2,999

View Production Welding Short-Term Training Program Details

Continuing Education

Hawkeye offers many Trade and Industry continuing education courses to keep you up to date in your welding career.

View Continuing Education Offerings

* Length to Complete

Program length to complete is based on full-time enrollment status.

** Cost Calculation

The program cost calculation is based on 2021–2022 tuition and fees and course fees.

  • Resident tuition and fees x course credits + course fee if applicable.
  • If more than one course is listed, the first course is used in this calculation.

The course cost calculation does not include:

  • The cost of books. Visit the Hawkeye Bookstore to determine the cost of books.

  • Tools, supplies, and background screenings. Some programs may have additional cost of tools, supplies, and background screenings. Check with a program advisor for more information.

  • Non-resident tuition and fees or international student costs.

*** Non-credit program offerings:

Non-credit program offerings:

  • Are not eligible for financial aid, but students may be eligible for financial assistance.
  • Require a separate registration process than the credit offerings.

See program details for more information.

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
ACT ACCUPLACER COMPASS ACCUPLACER Next Generation
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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