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Non-credit welding course offered at NIACC

This news story was published on April 17, 2014.
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High school student Trevor Maser welds

High school student Trevor Maser observes welder

MASON CITY – If you are looking for a career change or simply a new skill that could lead to a new job, NIACC may have an option for you.

North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) is offering a two-week, non-credit Production Welding course to give north Iowans the skills needed for entry level manufacturing welding. According to employment trends, the state of Iowa is expected to see a 14 percent increase of welding positions available through 2020.

“This two-week accelerated option is great for those interested in a welding career to quickly get the skills they need to land a good job,” said Terry Schumaker, NIACC Dean of Continuing Education and Economic Development. “This program also provides someone the opportunity to gain exposure to the welding field and then decide if they want to make the transition to NIACC’s credit welding program for additional training.”

In this 45-hour course, participants will gain an understanding of proper welding techniques and procedures for welding structural carbon steel with the MIG process. Skills will be developed in flat, horizontal and vertical position welding of fillet welds. Welder qualification testing is an available option and will be attempted at the level where success can be attained. Students will also complete the National Career Readiness Certificate to certify their skills for employers. Personal protective equipment will be provided to students.

This course meets Monday through Friday, May 5-16 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Buettner Careers Building, room 164 on the NIACC campus. To learn more, a public information session will be held Wednesday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m. at the IowaWORKS office 600 S. Pierce Ave., Mason City.

At the information session, participants will receive details about the course including tuition assistance options for those who qualify. If you’re unable to attend the information session, would like more information or are prepared to register, call the NIACC Continuing Education Division at 1-641-422-4358. Course #93405. Tuition assistance is available to those who qualify.

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