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IVCE Welding classes begin Jan. 23

MARSHALLTOWN– Employment of welders in the U.S. is projected to grow 4% from 2014 to 2024; in Iowa, employment growth is projected to be much higher at 7.4%. Skilled welders with up-to-date training should have good job opportunities. Learn the basics of welding through Iowa Valley Continuing Education with these four great opportunities for you!

Basic Welding, IND 5500.26 will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 23 through February 13 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. You will learn basic stick and wire welding techniques along with TIG (GTAW) processes. Cost is $349. No prior welding experience is necessary.

Pre-Pipe Welding, IND 2200.6 starts February 20 through March 22 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Learn how to perform the SMAW “stick” process enabling student to continue into career pipe welding. No prior welding experience necessary. Topics include:  safety, techniques such as freehand, pipe fitting techniques including preparation and beveling. Cost is $349.

Career Pipe Welding, IND 1300.11 begins March 27 through June 6 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. This 11-week course will prepare you for a career in pipe welding with SMAW. Must have a basic knowledge of SMAW (stick) welding process. Tuition assistance is available to qualifying and selected students. Cost is $2299. 

Welding for Maintenance & Repair, AGR 4000.4 will be held February 5 – 28 on Monday and Wednesdays from 5:30 – 8:30 pm.  The 4-week course covers an overview of Stick, MIG, and Oxyacetylene welding, torching and plasma cutting as used for maintenance and repair.  Includes welding for different surface conditions such as rust, paint, coatings, or clean. 

All classes will be held at the Business and Technology Center Welding Lab on the Marshalltown Community College Campus, 3700 S. Center St., Marshalltown. Participants must wear leather shoes, long sleeves and long pants. Price includes materials and lab fee.

To register, go to or call IVCE at 641-752-4645 or 800-284-4823.

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