Welding Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree and Certificate of Applied Science

Zach Reddig, Program Director

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.

This program is in high demand, prospective students are encouraged to apply early to secure a spot. Contact Zach Reddig, Program Director, for more information (see below for contact info).


The University of Montana catalog details degree specific credits and course requirements.

Subject Type
Welding Technology Associate of Applied Science
Subject Type
Welding Technology Certificate of Applied Science

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