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.
With one out of two products that comprise the US gross domestic product containing a weld, the welding profession is prevalent in all areas of our economy. Graduates of the Welding Engineering Technology Bachelor of Science 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. 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 650+ 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. Compensation for students graduating from the WET program in May, 2014, averaged $66,000 annually.
Facilities and Faculty
Ferris provides several welding instructional areas including laboratories dedicated to welding skill development, inspection, mechanical testing, robotics and laser processing, resistance welding and material preparation/fabrication. Students are able to utilize the latest welding equipment technology that industry has to offer. The core welding courses are taught by professional faculty with over 90 combined years of teaching experience at Ferris State. The required technical-related courses in material science, electronics and machine tool are taught by faculty specialists in those departments.
Program and Student Recognition
Over the years, the welding engineering technology program and students have received numerous awards and recognition.
- Since 1986, students in the Ferris welding programs have received over $1.3 million in academic scholarship awards from various industry and professional organizations.
- 50+ students have been recognized with endowed National Named Scholarships through the American Welding Society (AWS), including two students who have traveled to Japan as part of the AWS Matsuo Bridge Company Scholarship award - a priceless educational experience!
- The Resistance Welder Manufacturers' Alliance has awarded over 25 National Scholarships to Ferris WET students since 1995.
- WET faculty members Kenneth Kuk, and David Murray have been awarded the Adams Memorial Membership and recognized as AWS Counselors for outstanding teaching and leadership activities in their undergraduate and postgraduate institutions.
- Awarded the American Welding Society national Image of Welding "Educational Facility" in 2005
Statement of Mission
Welding Engineering Technology Program - adopted 2000
To continuously define the profession by producing Welding Technology and Welding Engineering Technology graduates whose knowledge, skills, and attitudes are nationally recognized.
Ferris State University - adopted 2008
Ferris State University prepares students for successful careers, responsible citizenship, and lifelong learning. Through its many partnerships and its career-oriented, broad-based education, Ferris serves our rapidly changing global economy and society.
Welding Engineering Technology Program Educational Objectives
Several years after graduation, welding engineering technology program alumni will:
- apply project management, leadership and team-building skills;
- demonstrate lifelong learning by pursuing continuing education, professional society certification(s) and/or graduate studies, and,
- be involved in welding engineering technology in such areas as:
- weldment design,
- material selection,
- welding procedure development and qualification,
- welding process selection and implementation,
- welding capital equipment development and system integration and
- welding quality systems.
Program Educational Objectives are reviewed by the Welding Engineering Technology faculty and WET Advisory Board every other year.
Consistency of the Program Educational Objectives with the Mission of the Institution
The educational objectives of the Welding Engineering Technology BS degree program align themselves very well with the Ferris State University Mission Statement. As the world continues to move toward a global society, it is imperative that students graduating from Ferris are well prepared to encounter the ever-changing environment of business and industry. The curriculum of WET program, in conjunction with the University General Education policy, ensures graduates have achieved the program objectives and are ready to meet the career, citizenship and life-long learning challenges that they will face in the ever-changing global society and economy.
Welding Engineering Technology Program Student Outcomes
The Welding Engineering Technology program has adopted student outcomes which align with ABET Criterion 3 (ABET Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission, 2014). Students must achieve the following 11 outcomes:
- an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined welding engineering technology activities;
- an ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to welding engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies;
- an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes;
- an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined welding engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives;
- an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team;
- an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined welding engineering technology problems;
- an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
- an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;
- an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity;
- a knowledge of the impact of welding engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context;
- a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
Program Student Outcomes are reviewed by the Welding Engineering Technology faculty and WET Advisory Board every other year.