Welding & Metal Fabrication

a welding student in a COT lab
POTENTIAL JOB TITLE

Welder
(*SOC Code 51-4122.00)


*Standard Occupational Classification System

PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS

Metal fabrication shops
Steel and construction companies
Manufacturing companies (transportation equipment, industrial machinery and equipment, or fabricated metal products industries)
Automotive/diesel repair companies

DEGREE & CERTIFICATE OPTIONS

The metal fabrication currently offers a one-year Certificate of Applied Science with the beginning welding courses starting each Fall semester and the second half in the Spring semester.

TOOLS/SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Students in the Metal Fabrication/Welding program are required to buy their own tools to use in the laboratory setting. The Metal Fabrication Tool List, Welding Tool List and a list of vendors, that have previously worked with our students, are available online or from the New Student Services office.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
  • Read and interpret blueprints and shop drawings
  • Lay out, sheer, cut, form and assemble weldments
    • Metal arc (stick) welding
    • oxyacetylene process
      • fusion welding, braze welding
  • semiautomatic welding with solid wire and flux-cored wires
  • manual and machine cutting
  • Introduces metal fabrication design and safe operation of fabrication equipment including shears, pressbrakes, ironworkers, punches, drill presses, etc.
  • Safety and accuracy are reinforced throughout the training
CAREER CLOSEUP
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Job Outlook and Pay Info

Median Wage (MT)* $35,080.00
Median Wage (US)* $33,560.00
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Average entry-level wage, COT grads (2006-2010) $31,696.67
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Expected growth (MT)*
(projection through 2016)
14%
Expected growth (US)*
(projection through 2018)
5%
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*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections; MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau
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SKILLS, TRAITS, PREPARATORY CLASSES THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL
  • Deductive reasoning
  • Critical thinking, trouble shooting, problem solving
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • manual dexterity
  • Math and spatial skills
  • Good physical condition
  • Reading and communication skills
PROGRAM COST AND COMPLETION INFORMATION

Program Completion information was not required for this program for the 2009-2010 academic year.


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