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This program prepares students for operation and maintenance jobs in the rapidly expanding sustainable energy industry. Program graduates have general skills in industrial safety, electrical troubleshooting, hydraulic and pneumatic system operation, and mechanical system repair. These skills are built on a strong educational foundation in math, writing, communications, and computing.
This program was developed as a workforce development project funded by the Department of Labor’s Community-Based Jobs Training Grant program. Project partners include the Wind Montana project industrial advisory board and four units of the Montana University System: Highlands College Montana Tech, Montana State University-Northern, City College Montana State University, and Great Falls College Montana State University. The program is available on all four campuses.
If you’re looking for a one-year education that will lead to a career in high demand, Welding Technology might be for you. Students who graduate from the Welding Technology Certificate Program will be eligible to apply for the AWS National Registry of Welders. Your education will give you the knowledge and skills to make satisfactory welds in all positions using the following techniques: shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding and flux cored arc welding. You’ll also learn how to maintain tools, equipment and learn to read and interpret blueprints.
Welders are typically employed in settings that have shift work, some overtime, and may require work indoors and outside. You will oversee the welding tasks before, during and after the process to make sure a quality job is done. If you have good concentration skills, steady hands, the ability to work unsupervised, and high standards for accuracy, this is the career for you.