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Students in the state of Utah can choose from 11 schools that offer welding courses. Students may choose from training, certificate, or associate's degree programs. Beginning and advanced levels of welding programs are available; students must have completed or prove themselves proficient in lower-level skills to enroll in advanced programs. Welding is a field highly dependent on the development of hands-on skills; some programs may include very little classroom instruction. Associate's degrees include general education courses.
Below are profiles of the 10 largest schools that have welding programs.
Bridgerland Applied Technology College
Found in Logan, the Bridgerland Applied Technology College offers a welding technology program, which consists of 1,410 hours that can be completed in about 8-12 months. The coursework covers welding safety, welding metallurgy, welding math and electrical fundamentals.
Davis Applied Technology College
Students can pursue a 1,200-hour welding technology program at Davis Applied Technology College in Kaysville. This 13-month program can teach students about blueprints and written specifications. Students receive training in different welding techniques, including shielded metal arc welding, plasma cutting, spray arc welding, gas metal arc welding and flux core arc welding. The program is also designed so individuals can pursue various certifications from the American Welding Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Mountainland Applied Technology College
To enter into the welding technology program at Mountainland Applied Technology College's Orem campus, students have to meet with the welding instructor and a counselor for the training agreement. Adult students can attend daytime or evening classes in this program. The program consists of 900 hours, which can be completed in one or two years. Students are required to get hands-on experience with flux cored arc welding, gas metal arc welding and shielded metal arc welding.
Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College
The welding program options at Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College in Ogden consist of a production option and an advanced training program. The production program is 930 hours in length and can be completed in eight months, while the advanced track totals 1,435 hours and takes about 13 months to finish. The production program is intended for students who are looking for entry-level welding positions, and the advanced program is recommended for students who want a wide range of employment options.
Salt Lake Community College
Salt Lake City is home to Salt Lake Community College, and students can pursue an associate's degrees in welding fabrication and inspection. This associate's degree requires at least 66 credit hours and takes four semesters to finish. In addition to various welding techniques, students in the welding fabrication and inspection program also learn how to use brakes, drills, shears and rolls as well as how to understand welding layouts and fabrications. Students who don't want an associate's degree can choose the school's welding technology certificate program, which primarily focuses on developing welding skills.
Located in Ephraim, Snow College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Welding Technology. Students must purchase their own tools for the program, but they get to keep those tools. Throughout the program's 63 semester hours, students learn welding techniques used in construction, repair and fabrication. The program provides instruction on how to work with non-ferrous and ferrous materials as well as pipes and plates.
Southwest Applied Technology Center
Basic welding is available at Southwest Applied Technology Center in Cedar City. The Welding Essentials program only requires the completion of 990 hours. Students have access to the welding laboratory at this school from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm on Mondays through Thursdays. The basic program covers GMAW, SMAW, FCAW and GTAW welding and includes additional courses in welding safety and welding math.
Uintah Basin Applied Technology College
Students near the city of Roosevelt can find two welding program options at Uintah Basin Applied Technology College. Students seeking a shorter program may be interested in the Intermediate Welding program, which requires 600 hours of study and includes elective options to supplement core coursework. The Advanced Welding program totals 900 hours and also includes elective options.
Utah State University
The welding technology program at Utah State University in Logan can be lead to a certificate or an associate's degree. These programs are made available at the school's eastern campus. The certificate program ensures that students can obtain the skills necessary to pursue various certifications from the American Welding Society.
Weber State University
In Ogden, Weber State University offers a welding emphasis within the Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology degree program. The core courses in this program cover quality assurance, welding metallurgy, process automation and fusion joining. The majority of courses that have classroom lectures also have a laboratory or hands-on training component as well. At the end of the program, students work in teams to finish a senior project.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Welding Programs Offered||Undergraduate Program Cost (2015-2016)|
|Bridgerland Applied Technology College||2-year; public; small city||Welding Technology Program||$1,956 for program (includes tuition and fees)*|
|Davis Applied Technology College||2-year; public; large suburb||Welding Technology Program||$4,079 for program (includes tuition, fees and books)*|
|Mountainland Applied Technology College||2-year; public; large suburb||Welding Technology Program||$2,875 for program (includes tuition and fees)*|
|Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College||2-year; public; small city|| Welder - Production Program,
Welder - Advanced Program
| $2,734 for production program (total program cost);
$836 for advanced program (total program cost)*
|Salt Lake Community College||2-year; public; large suburb|| Certificate of Completion in Welding Technology,
Associate of Applied Science in Welding Fabrication and Inspection
| $3,569 in-state;
$11,337 out-of-state (includes tuition and fees)**
|Snow College||4-year, primarily associate's; public; remote town||Associate of Applied Science in Welding Technology|| $3,484 in-state;
$11,676 out-of-state (includes tuition and fees)**
|Southwest Applied Technology Center||Less-than-2-year; public; remote town||Welding Essentials program||$2,786.50 (total program cost)*|
|Uintah Basin Applied Technology College||Less-than-2-year; public; remote town|| Intermediate Welding Certificate,
Advanced Welding Certificate
| $2,525 for Intermediate Welding Certificate (total program cost);
$4,036 for Advanced Welding Certificate (total program cost)*
|Utah State University||4-year; public; small city|| Certificate of Completion in Welding Technology,
Associate of Applied Science in Welding Technology
|$7,260 in-state; $19,760 out-of-state (includes tuition and fees)**|
|Weber State University||4-year; public; small city||Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology with a welding emphasis||$5,321 in-state; $14,235 out-of-state (includes tuition and fees)**|
Sources: *Schools' Websites, **National Center for Education Statistics.