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Welding Technology & Fabrication CAS

Certificate of Applied Science Degree

Program Director: Joel Sims
Faculty: Doug Zander, Monte Cobb

Program Website

Program Application (Fall 2019 Application available February 15th)

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Note: The Welding program is a limited enrollment program. Interested students must apply for entry into the program. An application packet is available here on the GFC MSU catalog website, the Welding program website or Admissions. To be accepted into this program, students must have a qualifying placement assessment score or have completed M 065 within the last 3 years.

This program follows the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curriculum.


Graduates are prepared to:

The mission of the Great Falls College MSU Welding and Fabrication Tier 1 CTS program is to provide regional competent, skilled, and credentialed work force for the welding industry.

  • The Welding and Fabrication program prepares students to set up, operate, and use critical thinking skills to trouble shoot a variety of welding equipment.
  • The program prepares students to gain the craftsmanship skills, computational skills and problem solving techniques essential to the welding industry.
  • Throughout the program, students will develop skills in Oxy fuel cutting (OFC), Plasma arc cutting (PAC, and Carbon arc cutting (CAC-A) processes.
  • Students will be able to meet safety requirements.
  • Students will be able to produce welds in all positions that meet industry standards using the following process(es):  Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Flux core Arc Welding.
  • Understand the use of measuring instruments and their purpose.
  • Understand power sources and current types.
  • Interpret welding blueprints and weld symbols.
  • Utilize oral and written communication skills in the workplace, including terminology in the welding industry.

Graduates are prepared to:

  • Meet safety requirements.
  • Produce welds in all positions that meet industry standards using the following process(es):
    • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
    • Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)
  • Will be exposed to:
    • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
    • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
  • Make cuts that meet industry standards in the following process(es):
    • Oxy-Fuel Cutting (OFC)
    • Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC)
    • Air Carbon Arc Cutting (CAC-C)
  • Understand the use of measuring instruments and their purpose.
  • Understand power sources and current types.
  • Interpret welding blueprints and weld symbols.
  • Utilize basic welding metallurgy.
  • Utilize oral and written communication skills in the workplace, including terminology in the welding industry.

Estimated Resident Program Cost*

 Welding Technology & Fabrication Certificate of Applied Science

Tuition and Fees $3,418
Application Fee $30
Program Fees $1,300
Tools/Clothing varies
Books/Supplies $655
Total $5,402+

Many students need preliminary math and writing courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement before planning out their full program schedules.

GFC MSU Additional Graduation Requirement

Plan of Study Grid
FallCredits
First Semester - After Formal Acceptance  
(Students who complete the first semester of courses are eligible for the Welding & Fabrication Tier 1 Certificate of Technical Studies degree)  
M 191B Special Topics: Math for Weld **, + 3
WLDG 100 Intro to Welding Fundamentals + 3
WLDG 110 Welding Theory I + 2
WLDG 111 Welding Theory I Practical + 4
WLDG 117 Blueprint Rdng & Weldng Symbls + 2
WLDG 145 Fabrication Basics *,+ 2
 Credits16
Spring
COMX 102 Interprsnl Skills in Workplace + 1
WLDG 120 Welding Theory II *,+ 2
WLDG 121 Welding Theory II Practical *,+ 4
WLDG 130 Intro to Structural Welding *,+ 2
WLDG 185 Welding Qualification Tst Prep *,+ 4
WLDG 205 Applied Metallurgy *,+ 1
WLDG 209 Basic Pipe Welding *,+ 2
WRIT 104 Workplace Communications + 2
 Credits18
 Total Credits34