2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Welding Technology

Degree Type: Associate in Applied Science
College(s): College of Engineering Technology

Program Requirements

Welding Technology, AAS


  • Major Courses and General Education Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

Why Choose Welding Technology?        

Established in 1972, the Welding Technology program produces welding technicians and prepares students for admission into the Bachelor of Science program in Welding Engineering Technology. Students receive hands-on laboratory experience in welding processes, metallurgy, mechanical testing, inspection and fabrication of weldments. Graduates become technicians involved in testing and improving welding processes, procedures, and equipment. Welding Technology graduates hold job titles as welding technicians, welding supervisors, inspectors, and sales representatives.

Ferris provides several welding instructional areas including laboratories dedicated to inspection, mechanical testing, robotics, laser processing, digital radiography testing, resistance welding and material preparation/fabrication in our newly renovated $30,000,000 facility. In addition to core Welding Technology classes, courses in material science, electronics, and machine tool disciplines are required and are taught by faculty specialists in those departments.

Career Opportunities

Due to the fact that welding is a basic element in the production of a vast array of items, jobs as welding technologists are abundant. In the United States, welding is utilized in approximately fifty percent of the industrial and commercial products that make up the Gross National Product (GNP.)

Welding Technicians also select and maintain quality control procedures throughout the welding process and perform destructive and non-destructive tests to ensure the quality and reliability of weldments.

The demand for skilled technicians will continue to grow as the use of automated systems in the metals fabrication industry increases. A wide variety of employment positions are found in the manufacturing and construction industries.

More Information

School of Design and Manufacturing
Welding Engineering Technology Programs
915 Campus Drive, SWN 220
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2511


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

Required Courses
Credit Hours


Electrical Fundamentals
Intro to Material Science
Manufacturing Processes
Welding Processes 1 Lecture
Welding Processes 1 Lab
Welding Graphics
Welding Processes 2 Lecture
Welding Processes 2 Lab
Welding Fabrication 1
Quality Testing
Welding Fabrication 2
Intro to Welding Automation
Minimum credit hours required for A.A.S. degree: