Working with your hands, using tools, problem solving, creating, fixing things … if you enjoy these kinds of activities, Welding can be a great career choice for you! Welding careers are available in the automotive, construction, agriculture, utility and manufacturing industries, as well as many others. MCC offers both daytime and evening welding programs, and both are usually near or at capacity in terms of class sizes. Many of our students receive job offers from area employers before they even graduate!
MCC’s Welding programs
Our Welding courses are taught in MCC’s state-of-the-art Welding Lab in the Business Technology Center at the northeast corner of the campus. All three Welding programs include competencies aligned with the American Welding Society Level 1 SENSE (Schools Excelling through National Skills Education) program. MCC offers two certificate programs and one diploma program in Welding:
- Certificate Programs – The 18-credit certificate programs in Manufacturing Welding and Manufacturing Welding: Construction prepare students for careers using gas metal arc welding and flux core arc welding techniques. Students who complete a one-semester Welding certificate program can roll those credits into the diploma program by taking additional of coursework.
- Diploma Program – The 35-credit Manufacturing Welding Practitioner diploma program trains students in gas metal arc welding and shielded metal arc welding techniques. The 10-month program is built with the expectation that after completing their MCC courses, students will test for the proper qualifications with qualified trainers to establish their competencies.
NOTE: Area high school students can complete these welding programs through the Concurrent Enrollment Program, with classes offered in Marshalltown and Grinnell. Contact your high school guidance counselor or MCC Admissions for more information.
Welding careers & job outlook
There is much demand for the skilled profession of Welding, and two out of every three welding jobs are in manufacturing industries; currently, the highest demand is in the manufacturing, construction and utilities industries. With the right training and experience, Welders can advance to more skilled welding jobs. According to the Iowa Workforce Development data, there are more than 300 welding openings in Iowa, with an average starting salary of $15.64 per hour. Nationally, employment of Welders is projected to grow 6% through 2026.
The median annual wage for Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers was $40,240 in 2017 (median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less). The lowest 10 percent earned less than $27,460, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $63,170.
Follow this link to find additional up-to-date information on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook website:
Those with bachelor’s degrees can become welding engineers.