A welding student at UTTC gets hands on training

The Welding Technology program is committed to training students to become the best welders they can be. The field of welding continues to evolve with significant advances in technology. In our state-of-the-art welding shop, students begin by using our Virtual Reality VRTEX 360 Simulators.

With the use of the VRTEX 360’s we will be able to train skilled welders faster as well as recruit the next generation of welders. With the use of the VRTEX 360 simulators, students will learn proper body positions, gun and rod angles, travel speeds, gun and rod positions, and overall welding techniques. The VRTEX 3690 Virtual Reality systems make it possible to learn how to weld in an eco-friendly manner.

When students are ready, they will go into our state-of-the-art welding shop and weld on their own using a live welder. Students will learn to utilize safe working techniques and practices. Students will also be trained to recognize and understand welding symbols and read blueprints. Welding has become a dominant force in virtually every aspect of life, and with the continued advances the industry is experiencing, welding will provide endless opportunities for those on the cutting edge. Upon successful completion of the Welding Program students may be eligible to become AWS Certified.

For More Information Contact:

Bob Leingang
Welding Instructor, AWS Welding Inspector
Email: bleingang@uttc.edu
Phone:701.255.3285 Ext 1551

Sheridan McNeil
Career & Technical Education Director
Email: smcneil@uttc.edu
Phone:701.255.3285 Ext. 1409

Program Outcomes

The graduates of the Welding Technology program will be able to:

  1. Practice industry standard safety procedures
  2. Perform welds to industry standards
  3. Communicate with effective welding terminology


Welding Technology Certificate Plan

Core Courses (25 Credits)

  • WLD 135 2cr. Basic Metallurgy
  • WLD 151 3cr. Welding Theory I
  • WLD 152 3cr. Welding Theory II
  • WLD 153 5cr. Welding Lab I
  • WLD 154 5cr. Welding Lab II
  • WLD 155 3cr. Blueprint Symbols for Welders
  • WLD 165 3cr. Bluepring Reading for Welders
  • WLD 199 1cr. Welding Test Lab


Course Offerings

Course Code Course Description Credits
Fall Offerings
WLD 135 Basic Metallurgy 2
WLD 151 Welding Theory I 3
WLD 153 Welding Lab I 5
MTH 130 Applied Math for CTE 3
FND 106 First Year Experience & Health 2
GPE 101 First Aid/CPR 1
GPE 104 OSHA 10 Sagety 1
Spring Offerings
WLD 152 Welding Theory II 3
WLD 154 Welding Lab II 5
WLD 155 Blueprint Symbols for Welders 3
WLD 165 Blueprint Reading for Welders 3
MTH 130 Applied Math for CTE 3

UTTC AWS Accredited Test Facility

Welding is a dominant force in virtually every aspect of life, and the welding industry provides opportunities for a sustained, well-paying career all over the country! Learn from the best & be the best at UTTC. The state of the art American Welding Society Accredited Test Facility is the only one in our region. The AWS welding tests are open to anyone with a talent for welding. Become an AWS certified welder to have portable credentials that validate your skills in a high demand industry. 

*Please note these fees & registration are for the UTTC AWS Testing, not for the UTTC Welding Program.