Industry Programs

Welding & Metal Fabrication

a welding student in a CC lab

PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS FOR WELDING

  • Metal fabrication shops
  • Steel and construction companies
  • Manufacturing companies (transportation equipment, industrial machinery and equipment, or fabricated metal products industries)
  • Automotive/diesel repair companies

DEGREE & CERTIFICATE OPTIONS

 

The metal fabrication currently offers a one-year Certificate of Applied Science with the beginning welding courses starting each Fall semester and the second half in the Spring semester.

 

PLAN OF STUDY

TOOLS/SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

 

Students in the Metal Fabrication/Welding program are required to buy their own tools to use in the laboratory setting. The Metal Fabrication Tool List and a list of vendors, that have previously worked with our students, are available online or from the New Student Services office.

 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Read and interpret blueprints and shop drawings
  • Lay out, sheer, cut, form and assemble weldments
    • Metal arc (stick) welding
    • oxyacetylene process
      • fusion welding, braze welding
  • semiautomatic welding with solid wire and flux-cored wires
  • manual and machine cutting
  • Introduces metal fabrication design and safe operation of fabrication equipment including shears, pressbrakes, ironworkers, punches, drill presses, etc.
  • Safety and accuracy are reinforced throughout the training

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION

 

Welder

 

CAREER CLOSEUP

Job Outlook and Pay Info

 

Median Wage (MT)*

$35,080.00


 Median Wage (US)*

$33,560.00


 Average entry-level wage, COT grads (2006-2010)

$31,696.67 


Expected growth (MT)*

(projection through 2016)

14%


  Expected growth (US)*

(projection through 2018)

5%


 *Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections; MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau

  

>  Graduate Placement Data

 

 

SKILLS, TRAITS, PREPARATORY CLASSES THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL

  • Deductive reasoning
  • Critical thinking, trouble shooting, problem solving
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • manual dexterity
  • Math and spatial skills
  • Good physical condition
  • Reading and communication skills

PROGRAM COST AND COMPLETION INFORMATION


Program Completion information was not required for this program for the 2009-2010 academic year.