Welders cut and join metal pieces to create ships, buildings, bridges and many other structures. Welding training programs are available at both 2-year and 4-year schools resulting in awards from a diploma to a bachelor's degree.
Schools with Robotic Welding Programs
The following schools offer robotic welding programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Lansing Community College||Lansing, MI||2-year, Public||Associate's|| $3,020 In-district
|Weber State University||Ogden, UT||4-year, Public|| Associate's
| $5,321 In-state
|Victor Valley College||Victorville, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $1,114 In-state
|Dunwoody College of Technology||Minneapolis, MN||4-year, Private||Certificate||$20,194|
|Northland Community and Technical College||Thief River Falls, MN||2-year, Public||Diploma||$5,534|
|Pikes Peak Community College||Colorado Springs, CO||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $3,240 In-state
|Cuyahoga Community College||Cleveland, OH||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $3,136 In-district
|Ferris State University||Big Rapids, MI||4-year, Public|| Associate's
| $10,970 In-state
|Southeast Community College||Lincoln, NE||2-year, Public|| Diploma
| $3,218 In-state
Source: *NCES College Navigator
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How to Select a Robotic Welding School
Many schools across the United States offer programs in welding technology that includes the use of robotics. Consider the following when looking for robotic welding schools:
- Due to the changing nature of technology, students should look for schools that have up-to-date welding technology tools.
- Prospective students might look for schools that have partnerships with manufacturing companies since these companies may provide new equipment and offer internship opportunities.
- Those interested in earning an associate degree in welding technology can find degree programs that incorporate multiple certificates into the curricula in areas such as pipe welding and structural processes.
- For additional specialized training, students may consider the elective courses offered through associate and bachelor's programs, such as quality testing, metallurgy or workplace communication.
Diploma and Certificate Programs
Welding technology diploma and certificate programs require around 30 credit hours to complete, though certification programs may be shorter due to the specialized content. After completing a diploma program, students may sit for a certification exam issued by the American Welding Society (AWS).
Associate's Degree Programs
Aspiring robotic welders may consider taking courses in technology and computer literacy to fulfill the general education requirements of an associate degree. They could also take elective courses in robotic welding if available. In some cases, associate degree courses may be applied to a bachelor's degree in welding engineering. Internship opportunities may be available.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
In Bachelor of Science in Welding Engineering Technology programs, students learn to lead projects, solve manufacturing problems and design welding equipment. Programs may offer specific courses in robotic welding in which students operate and study the applications of robotic technology. Some programs require that students complete a senior project and/or internship.
Robotics are being used increasingly in the welding industry as technology evolves. Students should select a welding school accordingly, making sure that the program's technology is up-to-date with what the industry is using.