Students who are interested in welding technology can find programs at three national and regional universities, which include the University of Alaska at both Anchorage and Fairbanks, as well as Utah State University in Logan. Fairbanks and USU are both nationally ranked universities, while the Anchorage campus of the University of Alaska is regionally ranked. Individual programs can lead to a certificate or a degree, as well as helping students prepare for industry certification.
1. University of Alaska - Anchorage
|School Highlight: The University of Alaska at Anchorage was named one of the top 25 public schools by U.S. News and World Report in 2014.|
According to U.S. News & World Report, the University of Alaska in Anchorage ranked 75th among regional universities in the West and one of the top 25 public schools in the country for 2014. Through the university's community and technical college, students can pursue an Associate of Applied Science in Welding and Nondestructive Testing Technology. Once enrolled, aspiring technologists examine metallic structures and components and learn about thermal cutting procedures and welding processes. Qualified graduates may find entry-level jobs in construction, manufacturing and transportation.
2. Utah State University in Logan, UT
|School Highlight: Utah State University is a public institution that placed in the top 200 among national universities in 2014, as designated by U.S. News & World Report.|
The university's welding program at this top 200 university is offered through the Professional and Applied Technology Education Division and culminates in a certificate of completion. Course topics include trade mathematics, shielded metal arc wielding and metallurgy. Students also learn how to conduct a weld inspection.
3. University of Alaska - Fairbanks
|School Highlight:The university of Alaska at Fairbanks is known for being one of the few land-, sea- and space-grant institutions in the country|
In 2014, U.S. News & World Report designated the University of Alaska in Fairbanks as a Tier 2 school on its list of national universities. The university's welding program is targeted towards beginners and introduces them to the basics of cutting and welding. As they progress, students also become familiar with more advanced welding techniques. Successful completion of the program may help students find work in the agriculture, aviation or petroleum industries, or obtain a professional certification from the American Welding Society.
Top Schools with Welding Technology Programs
|Andrews University||Technology education program offers coursework in welding||Berrien Springs, MI|
|Boise State University||Mechanical welding technology program available||Boise, ID|
|Ferris State University||Offers more than 180 degree programs||Big Rapids, MI|
|Idaho State University||Welding program admits 30 new students each year||Pocatello, ID|
|Siena Heights University||Houses several degree completion centers in the Michigan area||Adrian, MI|
|Vincennes University||Offers a one year certificate program in welding||Vincennes, IN|
|West Virginia University at Parkersburg||Offers more than 50 programs of study||Parkersburg, WV|