Welding and Inspection Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
  • Certificate

The Welding Technology: Inspection Option curriculum is designed to provide students experience in welding and inspection technology as it pertains to assembly, manufacturing, energy, structural construction and nondestructive testing. Nondestructive testing involves the inspection of material or a welding object in a manner that will not impair its future usefulness using one of the NDT test methods, visual inspection, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, eddy current, ultrasonic and radiographic testing. This program provides education and training in common cutting and welding processes, CNC plasma cutting, AWS welding standards, OXYFUEL, SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, and FCAW processes, structural, pipe and plate welding, nondestructive testing and inspection testing, blueprint reading and communications and math competencies. Upon completion of this program, students will:

  • Describe and demonstrate safe and proper use of each type of welding equipment;
  • Select and demonstrate various joining processes;
  • Read and interpret welding blueprints using a systemic process;
  • Estimate type, quantity, cost, and weight of a welded fabrication from information on a blueprint;
  • Demonstrate proper transport, setup, adjustment and use of all cutting and welding equipment;
  • Use current industry technology to test and repair welding related equipment; • Demonstrate proficiency in OXYFUEL, SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, and FCAW processes;
  • Recognize, inspect and document proper applications of welding processes;
  • Demonstrate techniques and devices for controlling heat effects during welding;
  • Consistently use equipment safely in the performance of nondestructive testing;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of nondestructive testing equipment and the processes; and
  • Use current AWS, ASME, and ASNT codes, welding procedures and recommended practices.

Program Requirements

See the Academic Catalog.

For general information,

William Richards, OT Navigator
OT 204
(406) 756-4862


Mort Hill
OT 107
(406) 756-3996

For general information, contact the Admissions office: (406) 756-3847.