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.

Degree Options

  • General Welder Technical Certificate (1 year)
  • Welder-Fitter Advanced Technical Certificate (2 years)
  • Welder-Fitter Associate of Applied Science (2 years)
  • Bachelor of Applied Technology (4+ years)

Program Overview

  • Program accepts students in August and January
  • Typical classroom hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Program admits 30 students each year
  • Physical demands for this program may include lifting, standing, bending, and close vision

Career Opportunities

  • Architectural and structural metal manufacturers
  • Agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturerers
  • Commercial and industrial machinery manufacturerers
  • Structural and steel piping industries

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.