Welding Technology

A.A.S 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. See below for more information.

Important Information for Applicants

Due to high demand and limited space, the Welding Technology program uses a cohort review model for admission to their fall-starting degree programs. Applicants to Welding are required to submit to the Industrial Program Admissions Committee a one page cover letter along with any transcripts. Your one page letter should explain a little about yourself, your career goals, and why you are an exceptional candidate for your program.                                                                                                                                                                                        

The Admissions committee meets in the second week of May to review all applicant materials and offer seats in the program. To ensure review in the candidate pool, please submit your cover letter and transcripts by May 7, 2018. If selected, you will receive an acceptance letter with further instructions on how to accept your spot, meet with your advisor, and how to register for classes. Read these important instructions carefully. Applicants who do not follow through are not guaranteed registration.

In May, six additional students will be offered a standby seat should anyone decline their offer. If offered a standby seat, you will be asked to follow up via phone or email for acceptance. In the event that a fully enrolled student cannot attend, standby students may be contacted up to, and including, the first week of classes. Students who accept their standby seat are expected to start classes no later than the second week of the semester.

Required Supplementary Welding Application Materials:

For applicants currently in high school or with no prior college experience:

  • One page cover letter
  • Current high school transcript
  • Or high school transcript with graduation date, GED or HiSET scores

For transfer applicants or students with prior college experience:

  • One page cover letter
  • College transcripts from all regionally accredited colleges or universities

For questions about application materials or regarding program requirements, please contact Zach Reddig, Welding Technology Program Director by phone at (406) 243-7644 or by email at zachary.reddig@umontana.edu.


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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