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. 

a welding student in a CC lab

Plan of Study

Program Details

Students in the Welding and Metal Fabrication 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.

  • 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
  • Deductive reasoning
  • Critical thinking, trouble shooting, problem solving
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • manual dexterity
  • Math and spatial skills
  • Good physical condition
  • Reading and communication skills
Job Outlook and Pay Info
Median Wage (MT)*
Median Wage (US)*
Average entry-level wage, COT grads (2014-2017)
Expected growth (MT)* (projection from 2013-2024)
Expected growth (US)* (projection through 2018)


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

»» Graduate Placement Data 

Print Program Overview

Print Program Overview

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