Metals Technology

Metals Technology – a combination of Machining and Welding

Make yourself indispensable with a multitude of skills! Metals Technology is designed to prepare students as entry-level technicians in a variety of positions. Students may begin their instruction in the two-year Metals Technology program, depending upon the space available, in either one year (two semesters) of manual machining courses or one year (two semesters) in the welding track.

Students will study machining processes and procedures, properties of metals, blueprint reading, and inspection techniques. Welding skills (including practical, theoretical, and technical training) are taught using oxyacetylene, manual stick electrode, semiautomatic M.I.G, T.I.G (Heliarc), Dualshield M.I.G, and various additional processes. Miller Electric has chosen Helena College as one of its regional training centers. Therefore, students will receive training on the latest state-of-the-art equipment in M.I.G, T.I.G. (Heliarc) and Stick Electrode. Students will work from blueprints, follow exact specifications, and apply practical shop math to accomplish the required tasks. Much of the lab time in both areas will be used for shop project work.

Program cost

Students should budget for the following costs:

  • Tuition and fees which are based on the number of registered credit hours, and are paid each semester.
  • Course and program fees which cover shop materials and supplies and are paid each semester. These will vary based on the program and registered courses.
  • Textbooks, tools (see required tool list below), and work shirts are also required.

Metals Technology 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
M111 Technical Mathematics
Second Semester Courses
Course # Title
WLDG137 Blueprint Reading, Layout, and Beginning Fabrication
WLDG141 GTAW Theory and Practical Application
WLDG151 Shop Practices
COMX106 Communicating in a Dynamic Workplace
Third Semester Courses
Course # Title
MCH130 Machine Shop
MCH132 Introduction to Engine Lathes
MCH134 Introduction to Mills
MCH240 Metallurgy
DDSN132 Mastercam Solids
Fourth Semester Courses
Course # Title
MCH136 Advanced Lathes
MCH137 Advanced Mills
MCH139 Grinding Applications
MCH245 Shop Practices

Please refer to the Industrial Welding and Metal Fabrication and the Welding Tool List. We highly recommend that you contact your instructor as well to determine the appropriate tools needed at the appropriate time in your Metal Technology journey.

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