Why Choose Welding Engineering Technology?
Established in 1984, the nationally recognized Welding Engineering Technology program is the largest of its kind in the United States. The program is designed to produce plant-level welding engineering technology graduates who are involved in the concept, design and engineering of weldments and implementation of welding processes. This overall knowledge of weldments and the ability to engineer welding and joining systems produces graduates who are in great demand and highly compensated.
Ferris provides several welding instructional areas including laboratories dedicated to joining processes, inspection, mechanical testing, material preparation/fabrication and robotic, laser and resistance welding. In addition to welding courses, material science, computer-aided design, electronics and manufacturing courses are required and are taught by faculty specialists in those departments.
Enter a Great Profession
With one out of two products that comprise the gross domestic product containing a weld, the welding profession is prevalent in all areas of our economy. Graduates of the Welding Engineering Technology program currently hold over fifty different job titles. The most common include welding engineer, manufacturing engineer, application enginer, sales engineer and project engineer or manager. Graduates find employment opportunities in all sectors of the construction, fabrication and manufacturing economy. The most common employers include the automotive industry, agricultural and construction equipment producers, welding equipment manu-facturers and robotics and welding automation firms. Employment opportunities are located in more than 30 states across the country, with Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Iowa having the highest concentrations. Alumni have enjoyed international assignments ranging from a few weeks to five years in over 20 countries on six different continents around the world. Average starting salaries are approximately $52,000 per year.
To be eligible for the Welding Engineering Technology, the following requirements must be met: Application for admission submitted by February 15 prior to Fall term requested; Associate degree in Welding Technology; A minimum 3.0 honor point average overall; Satisfy all prerequisites to enter MATH 126 (MATH 116)-NOTE: Prerequisites to enter MATH 126 preferred; Satisfy all prerequisites to enter EEET 301 (EEET 201); FSU PHYS 211 - Introductory Physics I or equivalent transfer course; FSU ETEC 140 - Engineering Graphics Comprehensive or equivalent transfer course; FSU MATL 240 - Introduction to Material Science or equivalent transfer course.
The Welding Engineering Technology program at Ferris leads to a bachelor of science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in core classes, in the major and overall. Students must complete all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website.
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Ferris State University
1009 Campus Drive/J-H 200
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280