Welding Technology

Let the sparks fly!

Extensive hands on experience will enable you to obtain employment in a wide spectrum of areas with high earning potential. Our Industrial Welding and Metal Fabrication degree program has been designed to provide you with a state of the art education in a shop filled with industry standard equipment.

Miller Welding EquipmentAs one of 10 nationwide regional training facilities for Miller Electric, Helena College students are afforded advanced opportunities using the newest technologies. The primary goal in the first year of the Welding Technology program is 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, 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. The second year of the Welding Technology program is designed to teach students how to use their skills performing advanced fabrication and repair work on actual projects. Students will learn advanced fabrication techniques using a variety of equipment including shears, bending breaks, forming rolls, punches, drill presses, and track torches. This may include anything from a simple welding repair to re-facing a D-9 Cat blade. Students 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.

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of industry standards for safety and compliance
  • Demonstrate the proper use of manufacturing equipment
  • Apply proper techniques for analyzing and producing drawings
  • Demonstrate an understanding of welding processes, codes, and procedures
  • Differentiate manufacturing processes and their applicability
  • Enter the workforce with entry level skills
  • Exhibit good work ethic with an emphasis on safety and professionalism

Helena College’s 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.

American Welding Society

Welding Technology C.A.S.

First Semester Courses
Course # Title
WLDG107 Industrial Safety for Welding
WLDG112 Cutting Processes
WLDG135 GMAW Theory and Practical Application
WLDG181 SMAW Theory and Practical Application
M111T Technical Mathematics
Second Semester Courses
Course # Title
WLDG117 Blueprint Reading and Weld Symbols
WLDG131 Layout, Metal Forming, and Fabrication
WLDG141 GTAW Theory and Practical Application
WLDG151 Shop Practices
WRIT121T Introduction to Technical Writing
COMX106 Communicating in a Dynamic Workplace

Industrial Welding and Metal Fabrication A.A.S.

First Semester Courses
Course # Title
WLDG107 Industrial Safety for Welding
WLDG112 Cutting Processes
WLDG135 GMAW Theory and Practical Application
WLDG181 SMAW Theory and Practical Application
M111T Technical Mathematics
Second Semester Courses
Course # Title
WLDG117 Blueprint Reading and Weld Symbols
WLDG131 Layout, Metal Forming, and Fabrication
WLDG141 GTAW Theory and Practical Application
WLDG151 Shop Practices
WRIT121T Introduction to Technical Writing
Third Semester Courses
Course # Title
WLDG227 Advanced Joining Processes Theory and Practical Application
WLDG257 Cutting Processes II
WLDG246 Advanced Metal Forming and Fabrication Theory and Practical Application
COMX106 Communicating in a Dynamic Workplace
Fourth Semester Courses
Course # Title
WLDG213 Pipe Welding Lab I
WLDG245 Metal Fabrication Design and Construction
WLDG299 Industrial Welding Capstone

Welding: Industrial Welding and Metal Fabrication Tool Set

$800 (Approximately)

  1. Welding Hood – Standard with 9-11 shade or Auto Darkening
  2. Construction Calculator (NOT ESTIMATOR)
  3. Cutting Goggles – #5 Shade
  4. 4-1/2” Grinder with Guard
  5. Chipping Hammer
  6. Standard Allen Wrench Set
  7. Friction Lighter
  8. Phillips and Flathead Screwdrivers
  9. Tip Cleaner
  10. Open end Wrench Set up to ¾”
  11. Wire Brush – 2 each
  12. Roll of Electrical Tape
  13. 8” Slip Joint Pliers
  14. 10” Spring Dividers
  15. MIG Pliers
  16. Small Drafting Kit complete with 45 and 30 degree Triangles
  17. Cleaning Picks
  18. 3/8” drive socket set
  19. Small Flashlight
  1. Carpenters Square
  2. 10” Crescent Wrench
  3. Sharpies
  4. 25’ Tape Measure
  5. Magnetic Torpedo Level
  6. Soap Stone Holder with Soap Stone
  7. 24” Flex Ruler
  8. Scribe with Magnet on End
  9. Knotted Wire Wheel for 4-1/2” grinder
  10. Ball Peen Hammer
  11. 4-piece File Set
  12. Silver Marking Pencil
  13. Small Punch Set with Center Punch, Chisel, Pin Punch and Drift Punch
  14. Fillet Weld Gauges
  15. Program Uniform
  16. Three Piece Combination Square with Centering Head and Angle Head
  17. 2 Uniform Shirts
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