Advanced Welding Technology

ADVANCED WELDING TECHNOLOGY General Info

The Advanced Welding Technology (AWT) Program is designed for students who want to expand their knowledge of the manufacturing world. The program allows students to earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in two years.

The program was developed to provide a flexible option for students with interests in the varied areas of manufacturing including welding, computer-aided drafting and machining.

The AWT AAS degree is obtained by completing both the Production Welding (diploma) program and the Engineering Design (diploma) program in either sequence.

As an Advanced Welding technology student you will gain experience in CNC programming using the CNC plasma table, CNC mills and lathes. You will also obtain practical experience with robotics in manufacturing using a robotic work cell. All major welding and cutting processes, welding design and fabrication and inspection are covered.  Welding qualifications based on the American Welding Society’s SENSE (Schools Excelling in National Standards Education) Levels I, II, and III curriculum are emphasized.

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Award

  • Associate of Applied Science Degree

Length

  • Four Semesters & One Summer Term
  • Fall semester entry

Student Profile

  • Good understanding of basic math concepts
  • Enjoy working with their hands

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Requirements for this program

Course #TitleCredits
1st Year
FALL SEMESTER18
MFG185-EOSHA/Shop Safety2
MFG122-EMachine Trade Printreading I3
WEL120-EOxy Fuel Welding & Cutting2
WEL152-CShielded Metal-Arc Welding3
WEL186-EGMAW4
WEL308-EPipe Welding4
SPRING SEMESTER17
WEL206-CQuality Assurance Program2
WEL187-CAdvanced GMAW4
WEL191-CGas Tungsten Arc Welding3
WEL200-CMetallurgy Fundamentals2
WEL320-CWelding Fabrication3
ElectiveCommunications*3
SUMMER TERM6
ElectiveMath*3
CSC110-AIntroduction to Computers3
ATR102-CIntroduction to Robotics3
2nd Year
FALL SEMESTER17-18
CAD167-EIntroduction to Parametric Modeling5
MFG150-CApplied Math for Manufacturing 2
OR
EGR400-AIntro to Engineering PLTW 3
MFG191-CManufacturing Processes 5
MFG194-EInspection Processes 2
ElectiveHumanities/Social Science 3
SPRING SEMESTER22
CAD231-CGeometric Dimension & Tolerancing4
CAD246-CParmetric CAD I 3
CAD248-CParmetric CAD II3
MFG325-ECAM I3
MFG263-ECNC Mill Programming & Setup 3
MFG264-ECNC Lathe Programming & Setup 3
ElectiveGeneral Education3

*You may select any math or communications course with an A, E or C suffix.

Course #TitleCredits
1st Year
FALL SEMESTER19-20
CAD167-EIntroduction to Parametric Modeling 5
MFG150-CApplied Math for Manufacturing2
OR
EGR400-AIntro to Engineering PLTW3
MFG122-EPrint Reading 2
MFG185-EOSHA/Shop Safety2
MFG191-EManufacturing Processes 5
MFG194-EInspection Processes2
SPRING SEMESTER19
CAD231-CGeometric Dimension & Tolerancing 4
CAD246-CParmetric CAD I 3
CAD248-CParmetric CAD II 3
MFG325-ECAM I3
MFG263-ECNC Mill Programming & Setup 3
MFG264-ECNC Lathe Programming & Setup3
SUMMER TERM9
ElectiveCommunications*3
ElectiveMath*3
ATR102-CIntroduction to Robotics3
2nd Year
FALL SEMESTER16
WEL120-COxy Fuel Welding & Cutting 2
WEL152-CShielded Metal-Arc Welding3
WEL186-EGMAW4
WEL308-EPipe Welding 4
ElectiveHumanities/Social Science 3
SPRING SEMESTER17
WEL206-CQuality Assurance Program 2
WEL187-CAdvanced GMAW4
WEL191-CGas Tungsten Arc Welding 3
WEL200-CMetallurgy Fundamentals 2
WEL320-CWelding Fabrication 3
ElectiveGeneral Education3

*You may select any math or communications course with an A, E or C suffix.

Frequently Asked Questions

Job opportunities are endless. Current needs far outweigh
qualified applicants in all areas. You could work as a production
welder for a manufacturing industry or pipe welder in the
petroleum or boiler maker industry. You could also work as a
construction welder for structural bridge and building contractors
or as a fabricator at a welding fabrication and repair shop.
Other opportunities include work in the fields of: Automotive,
Petroleum and Energy, Aerospace, Heavy Industry and Local
Industries.

Typical starting salary begins at around $17.50–$21.00 an
hour in the local area.

A variety of classes will consist of lecture and hands-on work
in the welding, machining and CNC labs.

NCC has brought three industry requested programs together: Manufacturing, Welding, and Design. Students will have hands-on labs utilizing current technical equipment such as: Robotic welding station and CNC equipment. NCC’s students also learn by doing actual fabrication and repair projects.

Student Story Mathew Peck

“I’ve always had an interest in welding and I want to work on a pipeline after I graduate. It’s great working in the shop. All of the people I know at NCC are friendly.”

Production Welding student
Cleghorn, IA

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office will work with you to reach the goal of attending college. Federal and state programs, scholarships and other funding sources, may be available to help you to afford college. We know there are a lot of questions and stress planning to pay for a college education. The Financial Aid Office staff administers aid programs and counsels students in planning individual methods of meeting college costs. Contact the Financial Aid Office for answers to any questions regarding financial aid. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started! Northwest Iowa Community College follows a nationally accepted philosophy in administering financial aid programs.

Your Instructors

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Robert Hoting

Ryan Steffen

Tuition & Financial Aid