Industrial Technology Department

Welding Technology
Associate of Applied Science Degree
and Certificate

Students in the Welding Technology program study welding as it relates to manufacturing, fabrication, building construction, and repair and maintenance of equipment and facilities. They learn to make layouts according to blueprints and specifications. Students also learn to prepare material prior to welding and to apply proper filler metal according to national standards and specifications. Welding students develop skills in six different welding processes--oxyacetylene, shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, flux core arc, submerged arc, and gas tungsten arc welding. They study the design and fabrication of jigs and related fixtures and learn how to test for, inspect, and repair defective welds. In addition, students study metallurgy and understand how the heating and cooling cycles of welding affect the properties of metals. Instruction occurs at the West campus, 3639 South Avenue West.

Welding technology students have the opportunity to become certified to American Welding Society specifications and receive documentation stating qualifications.

Students are awarded the Associate of Applied Science degree upon successfully completing the two-year program. Students who successfully complete the first year of the program are eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Length of Program: 2 Semesters (Certificate)
4 Semesters (A.A.S.)
Award Upon Graduation: Certificate of Applied Science
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Entry Times: Fall Semester


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Program: Welding Technology    
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP):   48.0508
CIP Description: Welding Technology/Welder    
Level of Program: Certificate of Applied Science    
Program Length (months):   9
Program URL:    
Related Occupations:   SOC Code
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers   51-4121.00
Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters   51-4121.06
Solderers and Brazers   51-4121.07
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders   51-4122.00
Estimated Cost of Completing the Program Montana Residents Non-Residents
Tuition and Required Fees (attending full time in both fall and spring semesters)
Cost for Books and Supplies (estimated annual costs)
Annual Room and Board
Number of completers between July 1 , 2009 and June 30, 2010
Normal time in months to complete program 
Of the completers, the number completing in the normal time
Job Placement Rate for program completers
not avail
Job Placement Rate for program completers Students who completed a Federal Perkins Grant Program-approved Certificate in FY2010-2011
What types of jobs? Jobs in or closely-related to the field of study
When were they employed? Students who were employed from October to December of the year they graduated
How were graduates tracked? Student data is submitted to the US Department of Labor who then matches that information with income records from the Internal Revenue Service
What agencies (state or accrediting), if any, is this rate reported to? Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education and accrediting body


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