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Welding Engineering Technology WELE

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science

College(s): Engineering Technology

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
General Education
CHEM 114 Intro to General Chemistry 4
COMM 121 Fundamentals-Public Speaking 3
ENGL 311 Advanced Technical Writing 3
MATH 130 Adv Algebra-Analytical Trig 4
MATH 220 Analytical Geometry-Calculus 1 4
*Electives: Cultural Enrichment (one at 200 level) 6
* Social Awareness (One at 200 Level) 6
EEET 301 Controls for Automation 3
MECH 250 Fluid Power With Controls 2
MFGE 353 Statistical Quality Control 3
WELD 311 WELD Automat-Robotics 1 4
WELD 312 Design of Weldments 3
WELD 321 WELD Automat-Robotics 2 4
WELD 322 Advanced Resistance Welding 3
WELD 393 Internship in Welding Engr TEC 4
WELD 411 Advanced Welding Processes 3
WELD 412 Computer Aided Weldment Design 4
WELD 422 Welding Metallurgy 3
WELD 499 Weld Proj Engineering-Mgmt 3
Minimum credit hours required for B.S. degree (after completion of an A.A.S. degree): 69

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 graduatees who are in great demand and highly compensated. As recognition of academic excellence and program quality, in August 2008 the Welding Engineering Technology program was granted TAC-ABET Accredition from the Technology Accreditation Committee (TAC) of ABET.

Ferris provides several welding instructional areas including laboratories dedicated to inspection, mechanical testing, robotics, laser processing, resistance welding and material preparation/fabrication. In addition to core welding classes, courses in material science, computer aided design, electronics and machine tool disciplines are required and are taught by faculty specialists in those departments.

Career Opportunities

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 engineer, 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, oil & gas industry suppliers, welding equipment manufacturers and robotics and welding automation firms. Employment has been procured 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 $64,000 per year.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for the Welding Engineering Technology, the following requirements must be met:

  • Application for admission submitted by January 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 130 (MATH 120)-NOTE: Prerequisites to enter MATH 220 (Math 130) 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

  • Graduation Requirements

    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.

    More Information:

    College of Engineering Technology
    Ferris State University
    1009 Campus Drive/JOH 200
    Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
    Phone: 231-591-2890

    Ferris State University
    Welding Program Office
    915 Campus Drive - SWN 108
    Big Rapids, MI 49307
    Phone: 231-591-2511
    Email: weldingdepartment@ferris.edu

    The College of Engineering Technology Welding Engineering Technology BS program is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC-ABET)


    The next accreditation review is 2015.

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