Welding Technology - Western Iowa Tech Community College
Western Iowa Tech Community College
Welding Technology

Welding Technology | AAS

Associate of Applied Science
Sioux City
Estimated Program Costs Required Classes Transfer Options Welding Toolbook
ATF Accredited Test Facility - Welder Testing


This program is eligible for free tuition

This program, the Associate of Applied Science in Welding Technology, prepares students for a career in the manufacturing, fabrication, and structural steel industries. The program includes hands-on application of SMAW, GMAW, Oxy Fuel, FCAW, GTAW and Robotic Weld processes, using ferrous and non-ferrous metals, and evaluated to AWS D1.1 structural steel code or other codes (ASME sect. IX, API 1104, etc.) as appropriate. The program’s curriculum is aligned to AWS national standards for entry level welders and includes safety, blueprint reading, and welding procedure specifications. Upon successful completion of all competencies, students will have the opportunity to test for numerous AWS and ASME certifications. Students may incur additional fees for testing for these certifications.

Meet Your Advisor

Nicholas Demke
Nicholas Demke
Educational Coordinator
Sioux City Campus
Book an Appointment http://www2.witcc.edu/admissions/nicholas

Transfer to a Four-Year School

If a bachelor's degree is your educational goal, getting a head start on your major has never been easier. You can apply the credits from this associate degree toward a bachelor's degree at a four-year college and university. To make the most of your time and money, tell your advisor about your transfer plans early in the admissions process.

Four-Year College Agreements

Career Options

Use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.  

Required Classes for Welding Technology | AAS

SDV 108 The College Experience 1
ELE 101 Industrial Safety 1
WEL 120 Oxy Fuel Welding and Cutting 2
WEL 425 Measuring, Layout, and Applied Weld Symbols 1
WEL 147 ARC Welding Introduction (SMAW) 3
WEL 423 Intro to GMAW 2
WEL 422 GMAW for Production 4
MAT 772 Applied Math 3
WEL 148 ARC Welding Intermediate (SMAW) 3
WEL 424 Intro to Pulse Arc GMAW Welding 3
WEL 420 Intermediate Pulse Arc GMAW Welding 4
WEL 110 Welding Blueprint Reading 2
COM 723 Workplace Communications 3
WEL 208 Introduction to Fabrication 2
WEL 164 Arc Welding II (SMAW) 4
WEL 112 Welding Blueprint Reading/ Advanced 2
WEL 191 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 3
WEL 421 Flux Core Arc Welding 4
PSY 102 Human & Work Relations 3
SPC 122 Interpersonal Communication 3
WEL 700 Robotic Welding 4
WEL 292 Pipe Welding/SMAW - Uphill 4
WEL 294 Pipe Welding GTAW/SMAW 4
BCA 206 Applied Computer Concepts 3

Meet Your Faculty and Staff

Jered Frenchman
Jered Frenchman
Welding Instructor
Sioux City Campus
Bill Fitch
Bill Fitch
Welding Instructor
Sioux City Campus, Room H402
Rachel Peters
Rachel Peters
Welding Specialist
Sioux City Campus, ITC Bldg
Kevin Woockman
Kevin Woockman
Director of Building Trades and Apprenticeship
Sioux City Campus

Estimated Program Costs

In-state tuition and fees: $13,396.00 *
Out-of-state tuition and fees: $13,464.00 *
Educational fees: $97.00/semester
Tools: $350.00
Estimated books: $200.00/semester
Estimated transportation and personal expense: $2,273.00/semester
Estimated student housing and meals: $3,075.00/semester

* This is an approximate cost based on tuition and fees set by the Board of Directors before each school year. Course level fees may also apply. Additional charges for licensure or credential testing may be a part of your program.

Advisory Board

Bill Fuller Iron Workers Local 121
Dave Furlong For-Most Inc.
Casey Jones J & J Fittings
Jeff Harms Siouxland Trailer Sales
Jon Simonsen Simonson Ind. Inc.
Scott Williams Iron Workers Local 121
Dave Mc Arthur Mc Arthur Sheet Metal Works Co.
Jason Gross A-Ox Welding Supply
David McCorkindale Summit Steel
Cindi Harris A-Ox Welding Supply
Gary March Siouxland Trailer Sales
Jeff Ogren Midwest Industries
John Ward Praxair
Devlun Whiteing Mid West Industries
Dan Brinkman Masaba, Inc.
Tom Hudson Northern Natural Gas Company
Gary Johnson Sabre Communications