The welding technology program will prepare students to work in a wide variety of industries, from car racing to manufacturing. The work that welders do and the equipment they use vary, depending on the industry. The most common and simplest type of welding today, arc welding, uses electrical currents to create heat and bond metals together—but there are more than 100 different processes that a welder can use.
The type of weld is normally determined by the types of metals being joined and the conditions under which the welding is to take place. Welding is the most common way of permanently joining metal parts. In this process, heat is applied to metal pieces, melting and fusing them to form a permanent bond. Because of its strength, welding is used in shipbuilding, automobile manufacturing and repair, aerospace applications, and thousands of other manufacturing activities. Welding also is used to join beams in the construction of buildings, bridges, and other structures and to join pipes in pipelines, power plants, and refineries.
Students will learn welding and cutting processes including the joining of parts according to blueprints or written specifications. Students learn industrial requirements for occupational skills needed in the welding field. The welding program emphasizes hands-on individualized instruction. In the Welding Technology Program, students have the opportunity to become skilled in shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, flux-cored arc welding, and gas tungsten arc welding.
Skills taught also include drawing and welding symbol interpretation and thermal cutting processes. MTECH’s Welding Technology Program prepares students for employment as tackers, welding operators, in industrial and farm maintenance, all-position structural welders, aluminum and stainless TIG welders, welding foremen, supervisors, consultants, and welding inspectors.
Certificates and Licensures
- MTECH Program Certificate in Welding Technology Level I
- QC10 American Welding Society Entry Level I Welder Certificates in GMAW, FCAW, SMAW & GTAW
- AWSD1.1 3G Structural Qualification Certificate - SMAW
- AWSD1.1 3G Structural Qualification Certificate - FCAW
Registration Eligibility: Adults and high school seniors only.
Adult Student Registration Availability: Registration is open on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. Students usually start the following Monday. To check seat availability, create a new student account in the MTECH Student Portal or call Student Services at 801-753-6282.
High School Student Registration Availability: Registration for Fall 2019 opens July 16th at 8:00 am online on the MTECH Registration Portal and remains open until classes are full. It is recommended to create your MTECH Student Portal account in advance.
Program Length: 900 Hours. This works out to be approximately 300 calendar days not including weekends and holidays.
Times: Mornings, Afternoons and Evenings. See schedule details below.
Financial Aid Eligible: This program is eligible for Financial Aid and Veterans Assistance. +Learn More
Articulation Agreements: Credit hours for completing this program can be counted towards degrees from UVU and USU. +Learn more.
High School Students: Students should coordinate with home high school counselors prior to registration.
MTECH Counselor: Students enrolling in this program must meet with an MTECH Academic and Career Counselor prior to registration. High School students are encouraged to be accompanied by a parent. To schedule an appointment please visit mtec.edu/counseling.
Entrance Assessment: Students must take the MTECH Entrance Assessment. The Entrance Assessment is free and takes about an hour to complete. No appointment is necessary. To learn more visit mtec.edu/testing.
New Student Orientation: Students must complete the brief MTECH New Student Orientation prior to the first day of class. To learn more visit mtec.edu/nso.
High School students must have taken Welding I at the high school level or MTECH's Intro to Welding (Summer Session). High School Students - Summer Session after completing Jr Year Only- Daytime classes only. Must start in June
High School students must Submit High School Transcript to Career and Guidance Counselor