Why Choose Ferris Welding?

Established in 1984, the nationally recognized Welding Engineering Technology program is the largest of its kind in the United States. Since its inception the program has had major revisions in response to constituent feedback. 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.

Career Opportunities

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 30 states across the country, with Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Iowa having the highest concentrations. Many of the 375+ Welding Engineering Technology (WET) program alumni have enjoyed international assignments ranging from a few weeks to five years in over 20 countries on six different continents around the world. Compensation for students graduating from the WET program in May, 2008, averaged $58,000 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 nearly 70 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

Since 1986, students in the Ferris welding programs have received approximately $847,000 in academic scholarship awards from various industry professional organizations.

30+ 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' Association has awarded 21 National Scholarships to FSU WET students since 1995.

WET faculty members Joseph Mikols (retired), Kenneth Kuk, and David Murray, awarded Adams Memorial Membership through the AWS as recognition for outstanding teaching activities in their undergraduate and postgraduate institutions.

Latest laboratory welding equipment technology for student use.

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

In 3-5 years after graduation program alumni will:
  • be active members in professional societies at the Section, District and/or National level(s);
  • apply project management, leadership and team-building skills;
  • demonstrate life-long learning by pursuing continuing education, professional society certification(s), and/or graduate studies; and,
  • be involved in design, production, installation and/or purchasing of welding capital equipment for domestic and/or international manufactures

Consistency of the Program Educational Objectives with the Mission of the Institution

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 newly developed 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.

Process for Establishing and Revising Program Outcomes

The Welding Engineering Technology Bachelor of Science degree program has evolved continuously since its inception in 1984. This evolution has been driven by the expectation that the educational path to a WET degree is relevant, useful, practical and connected to what society needs. The major emphasis of course work has always been the rigorous combination of practice and theory. This focus has contributed heavily to the success of program graduates. As program graduates have entered and succeeded in the welding industry, feedback to the program has come regularly. This feedback, both formal and informal, comes from all program constituents. Program objectives are continuously adapted and modified in response to this input.

Welding Engineering Technology Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes specific to the Welding Engineering Technology program are stated below. Program outcomes are narrower statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire in their matriculation through the program.

Outcome 1: Students will understand the impact of welding engineering technology solutions in a global society and understand the role that the profession plays in providing for the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

Outcome 2: Students will be able to develop welding process parameters/procedures, destructively and non-destructively test results, and inspect to internationally recognized standards using state-of-the-art equipment.

Outcome 3: Students will be able to design, engineer, and program welding automation and work cells.

Outcome 4: Students will know how to solve weld design problems, design welded joints, and size steel welds by applying American Welding Society economic justification and weld connection performance measures and methods.

Outcome 5: Students will be able to [INVALID] materials based on their characteristics and properties and develop welding procedures which meet industry standards.

Outcome 6: Students will be able to function and communicate effectively both as individuals and as members of teams by applying project management techniques.

Outcome 7: Students will understand their professional and ethical responsibility and recognize the need to engage in lifelong learning.

Outcome 8: Welding Technology and Welding Engineering Technology students will demonstrate subject mastery by averaging 65% on their respective program post-tests.