The Welding Technology program teaches welding as it relates to manufacturing, fabrication, building construction, and repair and maintenance of equipment and facilities. Students learn to make layouts according to blueprints and specifications, prepare material prior to welding, and to apply proper filler metal according to national standards and specifications. Welding students develop skills in three different welding processes: oxyacetylene, shielded metal arc, and flux core arc welding. The Welding Technology program is divided into two 12-module terms (October through January & February through May). The module curricula is provided by the Canadian Welding Bureau. The first term prepares students for initial American Welding Society (AWS) Certified Welder assessments; completion of both terms prepares students for certification by the American Welding Society (AWS) as a Certified Welder and prepares students to meet Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) certification standards. AWS and CWB credentials are industry-recognized credentials which certify various skill, inspection, and instructional levels in the United States and Canada.
Next Application and Fee Submission Deadline is Thursday, Sept 28, 2017
for Program Start Date of Monday, October 2, 2017
IMPORTANT: Welding Technology Program is a Continuing Education Program and does NOT require college admissions.
Victoria Clark, Director, Bitterroot College
Welding jobs are predicted to grow nationally by 4 percent between 2014 and 2024. The median national annual salary for Welders is $39,390; in Montana, the median annual salary is $36,550. For more employment information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook and the Montana Job Projections 2015-2025.