Welding Technology

The Welding Technology 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.


Due to high demand and limited space, students are accepted in the order in which their applications are received.  Prospective students are encouraged to apply early to secure a spot. 

For questions about application materials or regarding program requirements, please contact Brad Platts, Welding Technology Program Director by phone at (406) 243-7647 or by email at bradley.platts@mso.umt.edu.

West Campus Location

Industrial Technology program classes are taught across town at our West Campus location: 2795 37th Ave, Missoula MT, 59804.  Transportation is not provided. 


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

Consumer Information on Gainful Employment

Welding Technology, Certificate of Applied Science

Contact Information

Brad Platts - Program Director
Email: bradley.platts@mso.umt.edu
Phone: (406) 243-7647 

Lucy Ruediger - Program Coordinator
Email: lucy.ruediger@umontana.edu
Phone: (406) 243-7640