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.

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Estimated Program Costs

In-state tuition and fees: $13,056.00 *
Out-of-state tuition and fees: $13,124.00 *
Educational fees: $97.00/semester
Tools: $350.00
Estimated books: $200.00/semester
Estimated transportation and personal expense: $2,273.00/semester
Estimated housing and meals: $3,825.00/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.

Transfer Agreements

Western Iowa Tech Community College has articulation agreements with many four-year colleges and universities in the region. Most or all of this degree is accepted by the four-year schools listed below, which means you can continue your education and earn a bachelor's degree. Admissions criteria vary slightly for each school. It is important to talk to your admissions advisor right away to select transferrable classes.

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

Entrance Requirements

Submit your official high school/college transcripts to

Meet Your Faculty and Staff

Karl Stodden
Welding instructor
712.274.8733 Ext. 1317
Sioux City, Room H402
Rodney Tyo
Instructional Program Coordinator-Welding
712.274.8733 Ext. 2391
Kevin Woockman
Director of Building Trades and Apprenticeship
Sioux City Campus
Carmen Wilson
Division Chair-Corporate Training & Consulting
712.274.8733 Ext. 3237
Sioux City Campus, Room B114


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
ATF Accredited Test Facility - Welder Testing