Manufacturing

Industrial Welding and Metal Fabrication

With an emphasis on safety, students will receive hands-on, theoretical, and technical training in rigging, job estimation, blueprint reading, and layout and pattern making.  In addition, students will receive extensive lab training in a wide variety of welding processes including S.M.A.W. (stick electrode), G.M.A.W. (wire processes), Pulse M.I.G., T.I.G., and plasma cutting.  The focus of the training is to give the students the skills necessary to successfully pass American Welding Society (A.W.S.) certifications.  Students will also receive introductory instruction in design and fabrication, thus allowing them to perform repairs and fabricate projects.

Students will learn advanced fabrication techniques and will also receive training in various methods of pipe welding with an opportunity to take the A.W.S. certification test.  Second year students will be given instruction in Computer Numerical Control (CNC) burn table programming and operation using Auto-CAD and Shop Data Systems software.  Entry into second year is by application only.

The Helena College Welding Program is proudly affiliated with the American Welding Society through an Institutional Educational Membership.  We hold our students to the highest standards set by the American Welding Society.

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Sheet Metal Apprenticeship

This Certificate of Applied Science is designed to prepare students as sheet metal workers and meets the educational goals of students who are registered as apprentices and working in the industry or pre-apprentices desiring to enter the workforce in sheet metal technology. In addition to a strong technical foundation, students will receive instruction in communication, human relations, and technical mathematics. All other courses are delivered online. The apprenticeship agreement between Montana Department of Labor and Industry Apprenticeship and Training combines both the on-the-job experience and class room related training instruction over a period of four years.

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Welding

The Welding Technology program is a two semester program designed to give students the skills and instruction they need to enter the welding industry. With an emphasis on safety, students will receive hands-on, theoretical, and technical training in rigging, blueprint reading, and layout and pattern making. In addition, students will receive extensive lab training in a wide variety of welding processes including S.M.A.W. (stick electrode), G.M.A.W. (wire processes), Pulse M.I.G., T.I.G., and Plasma cutting.

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