Welding Construction

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Welding Construction Associate in Applied Science Degree

What is Welding Construction?

Construction welding is typically done with SMAW or FCAW, and it is done mainly outdoors. Construction includes the installation of tanks or piping equipment, building bridges, or buildings. Construction welding is year round and is done in all types of weather as well as above and below ground. SMAW, stick, and FCAW, flux core, are used because they require minimal equipment and does not require the use of shielding gas.

Multiple Program Options

Students have the option of earning three certificates and/or an Associate in Applied Science degree. IVCC has a partnership with Northern Illinois University with our 3+1 program to pursue a bachelor of science degree in the field. As an AWS accredited testing facility IVCC can also prepare and test you for AWS certifications, along with customized training for area manufacturers.

Hands on Training and Experience

IVCC has 20 welding booths and fabrication area with state of the art inverter welders. We offer small class sizes of 20 students producing a ratio of no more than 10 students to 1 instructor. Our instructors are educated and experienced in the field and they possess AWS certifications in the processes they teach.


IVCC tuition is just one-third to one-fourth the cost of state universities and far below most private institutions. Check out an approximation of tuition and fees and cost comparison can be found on the IVCC website and payment options.

Many scholarship opportunities are available through the IVCC Foundation at and Financial Aid is available for those who qualify.

Career Options

Explore careers at My Next Move.

  • Pipe fitter
  • Boilermaker
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Ironworker

The 2019 annual report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that employment of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is projected to grow 3 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The nation’s aging infrastructure will require the expertise of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers to help rebuild bridges, highways, and buildings.



Theresa Molln: Theresa_Molln@ivcc.edu (815) 224-0630