Top Schools for Welding Technology

Jul 27, 2018

Learn about the top schools for welding technology. Read about the program options and course topics at three universities, and find a table that lists other schools in the U.S. that provide training in the field.

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Welding technology programs can lead to a certificate or a degree and they may help student prepare for industry certification. Programs can be found at universities around the country. Students who are interested in welding technology can find outstanding programs at the following four universities: the University of Alaska at both Anchorage and Fairbanks, as well as Utah State University in Logan, and Ferris State University. Each of these schools was nationally or regionally ranked by U.S. News and World Report for 2017.

University of Alaska - Anchorage

School Highlight: The University of Alaska at Anchorage was named one of the top 25 public schools in the West by U.S. News and World Report in 2014.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the University of Alaska in Anchorage ranked 73rd among regional universities in the West in 2017 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.

Utah State University in Logan, UT

School Highlight: Utah State University is a public institution that placed #220 among national universities in 2017, as designated by U.S. News and World Report.

The university's welding program at this top 300 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.

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 2017, U.S. News & World Report designated the University of Alaska in Fairbanks #202 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.

Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI

School Highlight: Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan offers more than 180 degree programs.

Ferris State University is home to the largest Welding Engineering Technology program in the country. The school offers both an Associate of Applied Science and a Bachelor of Science degree in the field. Students learn about design, materials selection, process development, and quality control in the welding field. They also have access to top-notch facilities. For 2017, Ferris State was ranked #18 by U.S. News and World Report among public schools in the Midwest.

Top Welding Technology Schools

These schools also have great welding technology programs.

School Name Distinction Location
Andrews University Technology education program offers coursework in welding Berrien Springs, MI
Boise State University Mechanical welding technology program available Boise, ID
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

Students who want to study welding technology can find educational opportunities at several well-regarded universities, which provide comprehensive training in the field.

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