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.
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.
Over the years, the welding engineering technology program and students have received numerous awards and recognition.
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.
In 3-5 years after graduation program alumni will:
Program Educational Objectives are reviewed by the Welding Engineering Technology faculty and WET Advisory Board every other year.
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.
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:
Program Student Outcomes are reviewed by the Welding Engineering Technology faculty and WET Advisory Board every other year.