Completed for the fall 2018 academic semester, Ferris State University’s Swan Technical Arts Building underwent a significant expansion as part of a State of Michigan capital outlay project approved by former Gov. Rick Snyder. The $30 million project resulted in an increase of laboratory and classroom facilities for multiple Ferris State educational offerings, including the Welding Technology AAS and Welding Engineering Technology BS degree programs.
The construction project resulted in an increase of the Welding Technology and Welding Engineering Technology laboratory spaces to approximately 22,600 square feet. Laboratory facilities comprised of seven individual, specialized spaces with the latest welding industry equipment and technology, are dedicated to practical hands-on education at all levels of the Ferris welding programs. Classroom resources for lecture discussion now include both a 60-seat room and a tiered 82-seat facility dedicated for theoretical welding education. Both classrooms have desktop electrical power for laptop computer use.
The core WELD prefix welding courses are taught by professional faculty with over 115 combined years of teaching experience at Ferris State. Required technical-related courses, for both the Welding Technology and Welding Engineering Technology degrees, in material science, electronics and manufacturing are taught by faculty specialists in those departments. Web link to welding faculty information.