2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Welding Engineering Technology

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Engineering Technology

Program Requirements

Welding Engineering Technology, BS Program Checksheet


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

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. As recognition of academic excellence and program quality, in August 2008 the Welding Engineering Technology program was granted *TAC-ABET Accreditation from the Technology Accreditation Committee (TAC) of ABET. Accreditation for the program was received again in 2016 until 2022.

Ferris provides several welding instructional areas including laboratories dedicated to inspection, mechanical testing, robotics, laser processing, resistance welding and material preparation/fabrication in our newly renovated $30,000,000 facility. In addition to core Welding Engineering Technology classes, courses in material science, mechanical, electronics, and manufacturing 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 40 states across the country, with Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio and Texas having the highest concentrations. Alumni have enjoyed international assignments ranging from a few weeks to multiple years in over 30 countries on six different continents around the world. The average starting salaries are more than $70,000 per year.

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

*Accreditation: The College of Engineering Technology Welding Engineering Technology program is an accredited program of the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC-ABET).  http://www.abet.org

Required Courses
Credit Hours


Controls for Automation
Fluid Power With Controls
Statistical Quality Control
WELD Automat-Robotics 1
Design of Weldments
WELD Automat-Robotics 2
Advanced Resistance Welding
Internship in Welding Engr TEC
Advanced Welding Processes
Computer Aided Weldment Design
Welding Metallurgy
Weld Proj Engineering-Mgmt
120 Minimum credit hours required for B.S. degree (after completion of an A.A.S. degree):