Welding Technology Certificate

The mission of the Welding Technology Program is to provide the regional workforce with credentialed, skilled, and competent welders and to be responsive to emerging workforce needs.  The Welding Technology Program prepares students to operate and troubleshoot a variety of welding power sources and related equipment.  The program prepares students to solve problems found within the welding industry using computational skills and other problem-solving  techniques essential to welding and steel fabrication.  It also encourages the development of teamwork and interpersonal skills required on the job. 

Welding students develop skills in six different welding processes–oxyacetylene (OAW), shielded metal arc (SMAW), gas metal arc (GMAW), flux core arc, (FCAW), submerged arc (SAW), and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW). Beyond the development of welding skills and understanding of the process, they also study other skills, such as blueprint reading and layout, metallurgy, and gain an understanding of how heating and cooling cycles affect the properties of metals.  Students also study the design of jigs and fixtures and how to incorporate these into an automated welding system.

The Welding Technology Program also has courses that provide for a solid background in the metals industry. Such courses are Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD), OSHA Rules and Compliance, and Related Metals Processes.  Fabrication basics and Metal Design and Construction utilize all of the gained knowledge with an instructor approved/student designed project.

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

Students are awarded the Certificate of Applied Science upon successful completion of the first year of the Welding Technology program.  Students are awarded the Associate of Applied Science degree upon successfully completing the two-year program.

The program often has a waiting list.  Prospective students are encouraged to apply one year prior to their anticipated school attendance.  For more detailed information including program costs, tool lists, class schedules, and course syllabi, visit our web site at:http://www.mc.umt.edu/industrialtech/welding/. Contact Mark Raymond, Program Director, at 406-243-7647 or Mark.Raymond@umontana.edu

Certificate of Applied Science - Welding Technology

Missoula College

Catalog Year: 2014-2015

Degree Specific Credits: 37

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0


Rule: All courses are required

Show All Course Descriptions Course Credits
Show Description CAPP 120 - Introduction to Computers
Offered autumn and spring. Introduction to computer terminology, hardware, and software, including wire/wireless communications and multimedia devices. Students utilize word processing, spread sheet, database, and presentation applications to create projects common to business and industry in a networked computing environment. Internet research, email usage, and keyboarding proficiency are integrated.
3 Credits
Show Description COMX 115S - Intro to Interpersonal Communc
Offered autumn and spring. An overview of the process of human communication with special emphasis on analyzing communication patterns and improving interpersonal communication skills. Credit not allowed for both COMM 110S and COM 150S.
3 Credits
Show Description M 111 - Technical Mathematics
Offered autumn and spring. Prereq., ALEKS placement >= 2. Designed to provide the mathematical background necessary for success in the industrial areas. Topics covered include percent, ratio proportion, formula evaluation, basic algebra and geometry concepts, trigonometry, measurement, statistics, and graphing. Markdowns, inventory turnover, and other basic formulas. Credit does not count toward Associate of Arts or Baccalaureate degrees. MC
3 Credits
Show Description MCH 114 - Related Metals Processes II
Offered autumn. Instruction and use of drills, files, threads and threading processes, basic lathe, drill press, and band saw operation, including precision measuring instruments. Fasteners, layout procedures, and basic hand tools are covered.
3 Credits
Show Description WLDG 117 - Blueprint Rdng & Weldng Symbls
Offered spring.  Prereq., WLDG 150 (Practical experience in reading and drawing orthographic projections, interpreting dimensions, notes, scales, and welding symbols. Isometric projection (pictorial), sections, and auxiliary views with practical experience using conventional drafting tools and computer aided drafting (CAD).
3 Credits
Show Description WLDG 145 - Fabrication Basics
Offered spring. Prereq., MPR 114T; WLDG 180; coreq., WLDG 117, 187. Conception, design, and construction of a metal structure to industry standards using shears, presses, and other machine tools common to the welding industry. Skills are developed in the areas of shielded metal arc welding and flux core arc welding, oxyacetylene cutting, plasma arc cutting, and air carbon arc cutting.
4 Credits
Show Description WLDG 150 - Welding Layout Techniques
Using practical layout techniques students develop basics for blueprint construction, layout on pipe and structural steel, and use of tools common to material layout.
2 Credits
Show Description WLDG 180 - Shielded Metal Arc Welding
Offered autumn. Theory and safe operation of shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) of carbon steel on plate and structural components in all positions to industry standards. Visual inspection and destructive testing used to determine acceptability based upon industry standards (American Welding Society Structural Welding Code-Steel). Power sources and electrodes are covered in depth. Materials are prepared using mechanical plate shears and thermal cutting techniques. Thermal cutting techniques are examined relative to theory of operation and safe practices. Processes used are oxy-fuel cutting, plasma arc cutting, and air carbon arc cutting. Theory and operation of oxyacetylene welding examined.
4 Credits
Show Description WLDG 184 - OSHA Rules & Regulations Wldng
Offered spring. Study of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules and regulations that affect the welding and construction industries.
1 Credits
Show Description WLDG 187 - Flux Core Arc Welding
Offered spring. Prereq., WLDG 180 (Theory, practice, and safe operation of flux core arc welding equipment. Coupons are welded in the flat, horizontal, and vertical positions to industry standards using a variety of welding electrodes, diameters, and power sources, which prepare students for welding qualification to the American Welding Society Structural Welding Code specifications.
4 Credits
Show Description WLDG 205 - Applied Metallurgy
Offered autumn. Covers the manufacturing of iron and steel. Examination of physical and mechanical properties. Phase changes with the application of heating and cooling cycles. Ferrous crystal types and properties. Suggested welding procedures for low, medium, and high carbon steels, alloy steels, and cast iron.
4 Credits
Show Description WRIT 121 - Intro to Technical Writing
Offered every term.  Course assumes a basic computer literacy.  Appropriate score on placement test or consent of instructor.  Introduction to technical writing situations with appropriate formats.  Emphasis is on writing with document design and graphic placement introduced.  Students are expected to write without major faults in grammar or usage. 
3 Credits
Minimum Required Grade: C- 37 Total Credits Required