Welding Technology A.A.S.

Zach Reddig, 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 using computational skills and other problem-solving techniques essential to welding and steel fabrication. It also encourages the development of the 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). Students also develop additional 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.

Courses such as Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD), OSHA Rules and Compliance, and Related Metals Processes provide for a solid background in the metals industry. Fabrication basics and Metal Design and Construction utilize all of the gained knowledge in 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. For more detailed information, visit our web site or contact Zach Reddig, Program Director, at 406-243-7644 or by email.

Associate of Applied Science - Welding Technology

Missoula College

Degree Specific Credits: 65

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2017-2018

First Year Welding Program35
Second Year Welding Program30
Total Hours65

First Year Welding Program

Rule: All Courses Required for the AAS in Welding

CAPP 120Introduction to Computers3
COMX 102Interprsnl Skills in Workplace1
M 111Technical Mathematics3
MCH 114Related Metals Processes II3
WLDG 117Blueprint Rdng & Weldng Symbls3
WLDG 145Fabrication Basics4
WLDG 150Welding Layout Techniques2
WLDG 180Shielded Metal Arc Welding4
WLDG 184OSHA Rules & Regulations Wldng1
WLDG 187Flux Core Arc Welding4
WLDG 205Applied Metallurgy4
WRIT 121Intro to Technical Writing3
Total Hours35

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Second Year Welding Program

Rule: All Courses Required for the AAS in Welding

BMGT 242Front Line Supervision3
DDSN 114Introduction to CAD3
MCH 214Advanced Related Metals Proc3
WLDG 210Pipe Welding - Integrated Lab4
WLDG 215GTAW (integrated lab)4
WLDG 245Metal Fab Design/Construction4
WLDG 275Gas Metal Arc Welding4
WLDG 280Weld Testing Certification2
WLDG 285Automation in Welding3
Total Hours30

Minimum Required Grade: C-