Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Graduates of the Welding CAS program are prepared to produce welds in all positions that meet industry standards using the following processes:
    • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
    • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
    • Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)
  • Graduates are also able to interpret welding blueprints and weld symbols, understand power sources and current types, and gain other skills necessary for entry-level welding jobs.
  • For a complete list of courses, course descriptions, and program outcomes, you can view the GFC MSU Catalog.
  • There is a new start every semester.
  • The welding program is two semesters long, so a cohort will complete their program and earn their Certificate of Applied Science degree (CAS) at the end of the second semester after successful completion of all coursework.
  • Yes, there is an additional application after applicants apply to the College and get accepted. Application for College can be found HERE. Application for welding can be found HERE.
  • There are a limited number of spots in each cohort. Applications that are received after the cohorts are filled will be kept on file in case a student who was accepted is unable to attend.
  • If a student is not admitted to the program for the semester desired, options include but are not limited to: Wait for the next semester welding intake and reapply. Choose another program offered by the College. If you need help contact us at or call 406-771-5132.
  • Yes - Math, Writing, Communications and Becoming a Successful Student courses are also required.
  • Yes, contact the GFC MSU Financial Aid Office at 406-771-4334 or to determine your eligibility.
  • The total estimated cost for resident tuition, fees, books, and supplies for the Welding Technology & Fabrication CAS program is $4,434 and is subject to change.
  • No, but you will be prepared to take both AWS and CWB certification tests.
  • Median Wage in Montana: $35,080* Median Wage in US: $33,560* Expected Growth in Montana: 14% (projected through 2016)* Expected Growth in US: 5% (projected through 2018)*

Montana job openings can be found at Great Falls Job Service can be reached at 406-791-5800 or email

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections; MT Dept of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau.


This training program is supported in part by a $24.9 million grant award from the U.S. Department of Labor. Because of this support, veterans and eligible spouses may qualify for Veterans Priority of Service in this program. For more information, please contact Joel Sims, Welding Program Director, 406.268.3719,

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Welding Program Student

Contact Information:

Joel Sims
Trades Division Director

Monte Cobb

Doug Zander