Welding Technology C.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 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.

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.

Certificate of Applied Science - Welding Technology

Missoula College

Degree Specific Credits: 37

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2019-2020


Required Courses37
Total Hours37

Required Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
CAPP 120Introduction to Computers3
COMX 115SIntroduction to Interpersonal Communications3
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 Hours37

Minimum Required Grade: C-