The Welding Certificate program prepares students to enter into the industry as beginning production, maintenance, or job shop welders. Students are trained in the latest techniques in fabrication of materials by welding processes.

This course may be for you if you are interested in: working with your hands, seeing the product of your work, building things, mechanical projects.


The Welding program introduces students to various aspects of the welding industry, developing safety habits and skills in MIG, TIG, arc, and oxy-acetylene welding that prepare them for a career in the high demand field of welding.

Students get to work with their hands and learn the art of welding from an industry professional, with the opportunity to pursue a Registered Apprenticeship at a partnering employer.  Students will visit various manufacturing and fabrication facilities to see first hand what a job in welding looks like.


Courses available in this program include:


Students in the Welding program can earn a certification through Iowa Western Community College.

Paid, registered apprenticeships are available to high achieving welding students.


Boilermakers, structural iron and steel workers, sheet metal workers, welders, cutters, solderers and brazers are just a few of the many career opportunities in the welding industry.  


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Meet Carter

Carter, Woodbine Senior, knew he wanted to get into a career that involved welding, so the Welding Certification program was a great fit.  

Carter is on track to complete the welding certificate through Iowa Western, and is also one of the first three registered apprentices in the program.  Carter works 15-20 hours every week at Tommy Gate as a welder, and gets paid for his time, while working towards his credentialing.  

After graduation Carter plans to follow in the footsteps of his dad, and become a steamfitter.  

“School’s alright, but I would rather be up and doing something.  This program gave me the opportunity to work towards an apprenticeship, make some money, and see the product of my work.”  

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