Welding & Fabrication Career Pathway

Certificate of Applied Science (1 year)


Associate of Applied Science Degree (2 years)


Bachelor's Degree (4 years)


    Get Involved


  • SkillsUSA
  • Career Fairs
  • College Events (e.g. Trades Rodeo at Great Falls)
  • Industry Events (e.g. Miller Welding Road Show, Spika Experience, etc.)
  • Career Planning in Montana, Career Information System (MCIS) or Career Lab

    Try Your Hand at Work


  • Job Shadow
  • Internships
  • Welding Pre-apprenticeships
  • Business and Industry Tours
  • Attend College-Industry Events (e.g. Women in Gear at Helena College, Manufacturing Day at Gallatin College, TekNoExpo at MSU Northern)
  • Summer Job

    College Major Options


  • Aerospace Welding
  • Welding Fabrication Tech
  • Welding and Fabrication
  • Industrial Welding
  • Metals Technology
  • Machinist Technician
  • Mechanical Engineering Welding Option

    Career Options


  • Welder
  • Welding Engineer
  • Assembler
  • Certified Welding Inspector
  • Machinist
  • Quality Control Technician
  • Metal Artist
  • Production Manager
  • Corrosion Technician
  • Structural Metal Worker
Industry Recognized Credentials
American Welding Society
OSHA 10 and/or OSAH 30 Safety Training
Certified Welding Technologies (CWT)
Canadian Welding Bureau OSHA Welding Certification
Recommended High School Courses
    Welding Courses:

  • Welding
  • Metals
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) and/or Mechanical Drafting
  • Manufacturing and Fabrication
  • Shop Safety/Any OSHA Training
  • Ag Metals
    Other Valuable Courses:

  • Senior Year Math
  • Physics
  • Geometry
  • CPR
Recommended Dual Enrollment
    Welding Courses:

  • Introductory Welding - Courses vary by campus (WLDG110/111, WLDG112, WLDG107, WLDG157, WLDG180, WLDG125)
  • Blueprint Reading (WLDG117)
  • Shop Safety (WLDG105)
    Other Valuable Courses:

  • Intro to Communication (COMX111 or COMXX115)
  • Technical Math (M111)
  • College Writing (WRIT101)
  • Technical Writing (WRIT121)
Postsecondary Options in the Montana University System
Bitterroot College City College Dawson Community College Flathead Valley Community College Gallatin College Great Falls College Helena College Highlands College Missoula College Montana State University Bozeman MSU Northern Montana Tech