Welding Engineering Technology Program
Michigan's Only Four-Year, Bachelor of Science Degree in Welding Engineering Technology
Established in 1984, the nationally recognized Welding Engineering Technology program is the largest of its kind in the United States. The program is designed to produce plant-level Welding Engineering Technology graduates who are involved in the concept, design and engineering of weldments and implementation of welding processes. This overall knowledge of weldments and the ability to engineer welding and joining systems produces graduates who are in great demand and highly compensated.
Completed for the fall 2o18 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 (7) 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.
Welding Engineering Technology College Graduates Get Great Jobs
With one out of two products that comprise the United States gross domestic product containing a weld, the welding profession is prevalent in all areas of our economy. Graduates of the Welding Engineering Technology BS degree program hold a wide variety of position titles including welding engineer, manufacturing engineer, application engineer, sales engineer and project engineer or manager.
Graduates find employment opportunities in various sectors of the construction, fabrication and manufacturing economy. The most common industry employers include automotive, agricultural and construction equipment producers, oil and gas industry suppliers, welding equipment manufacturers and robotics and welding automation firms. Since 1986, employment has been procured in more than 40 states across the country, with Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Iowa having the highest concentrations. Many of the 900+ Welding Engineering Technology (WET) program alumni have enjoyed international assignments ranging from a few weeks to five years in over 40 countries on six different continents around the world. Graduates from the WET program in May 2018, entered the workforce with typical base starting salaries ranging from $70,000 to $80,000 annually.
Welding Engineering Technology Bachelor's Degree Admission Requirements
To be eligible for the Welding Engineering Technology, the following requirements must be met:
- Application for admission submitted by January 15 prior to fall term requested
- Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Welding Technology
- A minimum 3.0 honor point average overall
- Satisfy all prerequisites to enter FSU MATH 130 (MATH 120)
- Satisfy all prerequisites to enter FSU EEET 301 (EEET 201)
- FSU PHYS 211 - Introductory Physics I or equivalent transfer course
- FSU ETEC 140 - Engineering Graphics Comprehensive or equivalent transfer course
- FSU MATL 240 - Introduction to Material Science or equivalent transfer course
- Achieve a minimum score of 70 on the NOCTI Job Readiness Assessment for Welding (Test Code 4272) prior to starting the program in the fall semester.
College Degree Welding Engineering Technology Graduation Requirements
Welding Engineering Technology at Ferris State University leads to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in core classes, in the major and overall. Welding Engineering Technology students must complete all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website.
If you would like more information on Welding Engineering Technology Bachelor Degree Programs at Ferris State University call (231) 591-2000 or email [email protected]
About Ferris State University: College classes including our Welding Engineering Technology degree program, are taught at all levels by professional teachers, not graduate assistants. College students that major in Welding Engineering Technology at Ferris State University, study in more than 170 different college educational programs - including doctorate degrees, masters degrees, bachelors degree Welding Engineering Technology and associate degree Welding Engineering Technology programs.
Ferris State University offers a wide variety of scholarships and financial aid. A majority of our students receive financial aid assistance. We encourage you to explore this website for more information on available scholarships and financial aid opportunities at Ferris State University. Ferris State provides all enrolled students access to a variety of academic skill-building opportunities that will assist them in their pursuit of academic excellence in a format that accommodates various learning preferences and schedules. At FSU students experience small classes with individual attention in 170 career-oriented majors leading to job placement for our graduates. FSU students also enjoy 220 student organizations for fun in a relaxed, hometown setting in the heart of Michigan's recreation area.
The group presentation, by one of our admissions recruiters, includes information on academic offerings, scholarships, housing, student life, and costs. A question and answer period follows the presentation and includes a few surprises! Lunch is provided at one of our well known dining facilities on campus. After lunch, guests may take part in a walking tour of campus led by one of our exceptional student guides. The walking tour takes approximately 1 hour.
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