Welding Career Academy

Industrial Technology IconThe Welding Career Academy provides students the opportunity to earn a college Certificate in Basic Welding. This certificate ladders into a welding diploma or AAS degree programs in a range of industrial welding techniques: Flux Core, Gas Metal, Oxy-Acetylene, and Shielded Metal Arc. Students will also earn a OHSA General Industry 10-hour credential during the Academy. The welding lab is equipped to provide each student with hands-on learning opportunities, with instructors present and available for guidance. Students will investigate employment opportunities in the welding field by visiting area business and industry. 

Muscatine Community College

  • For Academic Year 2021- 2022, this academy will be offered at: Muscatine Community College Campus  - 12:50 - 2:50 p.m. daily.  

  • Participating High Schools include:  Muscatine, Wilton, West Liberty Columbus Junction, Louisa Muscatine and Durant High Schools.  


Welding Certificate

During High School

Term 1 - Fall, Senior Year of High School, 8 credits

  • MFG:186 Plant Safety (OSHA General Industry 10 hr.), 1 credit
  • WEL:257 Flux Core Arc Welding, 2.5 credits
  • WEL:256 Gas Metal Arc Welding, 4.5 credits

Term 2 - Spring, Senior Year of High School, 8 credits

  • WEL:274 Shielded Metal Arc Welding I: SENSE1, 3 credits
  • WEL:275 Shielded Metal Arc Welding II: SENSE1, 3 credits
  • WEL:259 Oxy-Acetylene Arc Welding, 1 credit
  • SDV-130 Career Exploration, 1 credit


After High School

Term 3 - Summer Taken at Muscatine Community College, 7 credits

  • MFG:192 Blueprint Reading, 3 credits
  • WEL:192 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, 4 credits

Basic Welding Certificate (23 credits)

Term 4 - Fall, 17 credits

  • WEL:123 Welding Symbols, 1 credit
  • MAT:733 Math for Technologies A, 1.5 credits
  • MAT:734 Math for Technologies B, 1.5 credits
  • ENG:107 Composition I: Technical Writing, 3 credits
  • --- : --- Humanities / Social Science, 3 credits

Welding Diploma (33 credits)

  • WEL:416 Gas Metal Arc Welding Advanced, 2 credits
  • CSC:112 Computer Fundamentals for Technicians 1/A, 2 credits
  • --- : --- Technical Elective, 3 credits

Term 5 - Spring, 16 credits

  • WEL:215 Shielded Metal Arc Welding Advanced I, 5 credits
  • --- : --- Technical Elective, 3 credits
  • WEL:215 Shielded Metal Arc Welding Advanced II, 5 credits
  • CSC:113 Computer Fundamentals for Technicians 1/B, 2 credits

Term 6 - Summer, 8 credits

  • --- : --- Technical Elective, 3 credits
  • --- : --- Technical Elective, 2 credits
  • --- : --- Humanities / Social Science, 3 credits

Welding Associates of Applied Science (63 credits)

Careers in Welding

Skilled welding professionals are in high demand throughout the region. Just look around you right now and think about all of the things that were welded; cars, plumbing, desks, buildings, bridges, construction equipment, the list goes on and on.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, median pay for welders was more than $40,000 per year in 2018.

Welding includes many different specific skills such as ARC, MIG, TIG, core wire and gas. But don’t worry, you can learn all of those things and more with the proper training.

For more information, contact our high school team