Production Welding

Production Welding General Info

If you enjoy using high-tech equipment and want a great job in manufacturing or other industries, NCC’s Production Welding program can help you achieve your goals. The Production Welding diploma program emphasizes all major welding and cutting processes. A Welding certificate is available to students who desire training in only one welding process and is based on availability.

As a Production Welding student you will gain hands-on knowledge of metallurgy, blueprint reading, the properties and identification of metals, welding symbols, and repair procedures. You will also learn to identify and understand welding defects, prevent distortion of metals, and design and fabricate products in a recently remodeled lab. You can perfect your skills through extensive hands-on training on state-of-the-art equipment such as a robotic welder.

The Production Welding program offers students the opportunity to train for certification of structural pipe using mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum in AWS (American Welding Society), ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), and API (American Petroleum Industry Codes. Certification test(s) are administered.

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  • Diploma (Certificate Option Available)


  • Two Semesters & One Summer Term
  • Fall semester entry
  • Spring entry optional—not guaranteed full-time enrollment and will not complete in one year.

Student Profile

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

Program Location

  • This program is available on campus. General education courses are available online.

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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

Mathew Peck

Requirements for this program

Course #TitleCredits
MFG122-EMachine Trade Printreading I3
MFG185-EOSHA/Shop Safety2
WEL120-EOxy Fuel Welding & Cutting2
WEL152-CShielded Metal-Arc Welding3
WEL308-CPipe Welding4
WEL187-CAdvanced GMAW4
WEL191-CGas Tungsten Arc Welding3
WEL200-CMetallurgy Fundamentals2
WEL206-CQuality Assurance Program2
WEL320-CWelding Fabrication3
MFG168-CIntroduction to Adv. Manufacturing—Welding4
ATR102-CIntroduction to Robotics3
Total Credits41
MFG122-EMachine Trade Print Reading I 3
MFG185-EOSHA/Shop Safety2
Welding Credits7
Total Credits12
MFG122-EMachine Trade Print Reading I 3
MFG185-EOSHA/Shop Safety2
WBL100-EExploring Careers3
WBL140-EWorkplace Project Based Learning1–3
Welding Credits7
Total Credits16–18
*You may select any math or communications course with 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 or pipe welder in countless industries. You could also work in construction welding for structural bridge and building contractors or in a welding repair shop. In the past several years, placement has been 100% for those graduates seeking employment in welding areas.

The expected salary range is between $43,000 – $45,000 per year.

Approximately one hour a day will consist of lecture and the rest will all be hands-on work in the welding lab.

NCC has top of the line technology including robotic welders that are more advanced than many of the welders that are currently seen in the local industry.also places their students in a variety of hands-on situations in order to learn by doing.

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.

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