College of Technology


Program Description

Welders join metal pieces by use of electric arc equipment. Because of its strength, welding is used to construct and repair parts of buildings, machinery, tools, ships, automobiles, spacecraft and thousands of other products. Welders are highly skilled technicians who must be familiar with the properties of metal, blueprint reading, safety procedures, various welding procedures, and processes as well as the operation of hand-held equipment, and a variety of welding machines. Before being assigned to work on buildings, bridges, pipelines or other jobs where the strength of the weld is highly critical, welders may be required to pass a certification examination of their welding skills.

Aptitudes and Interests: Welders should have an interest in the construction trades and be willing to wear protective clothing, safety shoes, goggles, helmets and other devices to prevent burns and eye injuries. Welders must have very good manual dexterity, eye-hand coordination as well as good form and spatial perception.

Certificates & Degrees

  • Technical Welder General Certificate
  • Advanced Technical Certificate Welder Fitter
  • Associate of Applied Science degree Welder Fitter

Program Options & Length:

  • Program begins in August and January
  • Program length is 2 to 4 1/2 semesters
  • Admits 30 students each year
  • Typical classroom hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 5 days per week
  • Summer Session - optional (general education courses only)

Cost of Attendance

Fees apply to the current Idaho State University fee schedule which includes mandatory student health insurance. Students with existing health insurance coverage may waive student health insurance. Waivers are available at

Paying for College

You may apply for financial aid, scholarships, grants, and loans to help finance your college education. When you pay registration fees, you are a student of Idaho State University with the privileges and responsibilities of a college student.