What Can I Do With A Certificate or Degree In Welding Technology?
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.
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.
For more detailed information including program costs, tool lists, class schedules, and course syllabi, visit our web site at: www.cte.umt.edu/departments/industrial/welding_technology/default.htm
A Sample of Related Occupations
- Gas Metal Arc Welding in the fabrication of stainless steel, FDA Approved items
- Shielded Metal Arc Welding in the construction of bridges and high-rise buildings
- Flux Cored Arc Welding in the fabrication of high-pressure tanks
Please note that some of the occupations listed above may require additional education and/or training. Please refer to the following link for information about the graduate programs at The University of Montana: http://www.umt.edu/grad/Programs/default.php
Types of Employers
Private and Non-profit Organizations
US Forest Service
Bureau of Land Management
State Highway Departments
City Maintenance Shops
Click here to see the USAJOBS list of federal jobs associated with various academic majors
Corp of Engineers
County Road Departments
Department of Transportation
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For additional career information, see the Occupational Outlook Handbook