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Program Description

With the overwhelming need for skilled and competent welders in the Northern Plains Region, United Tribes Technical College is offering a Welding Technology Training Program. After completion, students have an opportunity to apply for an apprenticeship with one of the Building Trades Unions that are in need of welders. Welders are in high demand for the United Association of Pipefitters, the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, and the International Association of Ironworkers. Students who like to work independently can start a welding business of their own. There is also a high demand for welders in the Oil Field Industry, Manufacturing Plants, Gas Plants, and Energy Plants in the Northern Plains Region.

Program Information

The program will be based on the American Welding Society (AWS) Sense workbook. Students will be trained to utilize safe working techniques and practices. Students will start the training using state-of-the-art welding simulators. The course will cover several welding processes such as SMAW (stick), FCAW (flux core), GMAW (mig), GTAW (tig), and Oxy/Acetylene. Students that excel will move on to more advanced welding techniques. Students will learn to set up cutting and welding equipment as well as operate cutting and welding equipment. Students will also learn to recognize and understand weld symbols and blueprint reading.

Program Structure

United Tribes Technical College will be accepting 12 students every 16 weeks. Training will take place Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in a state-of-the-art Welding Technology shop.

Program Cost

Estimated training cost is $11,000 per student. There is a high return on the investment due to exceptional demand opportunities and high wages.
Apply early so every possible funding agency can be contacted appropriately for potential financial aid resources.
Submit application with all supporting documents to United Tribes Technical College-Admissions Office.
  • Applications are accepted and screened for eligibility & applicants are further screened with a phone interview.
  • Upon notification of final acceptance into the program applicant must be prepared to take a drug test, and travel to training location. 
  • Final acceptance is determined upon receipt of the drug test results

All Individuals selected for participation in the Welding Program must meet all of the following Qualifications:

  • Minimum age requirement of (18).
  • Students must have a High School diploma or a GED.
  • Must provide transcripts of education and trainings and have good math skills.
  • Must agree to and sign an Individual Plan for success.
  • Must have a current, valid driver’s license.
  • Must have a physical exam and proof that a physical exam has been given.
  • Must provide a copy of immunization records.
  • If you want to live on campus, a housing/dorm application must be submitted.
  • Successful applicants must be willing to relocate for job placement.

Applicants must meet the following minimum physical Qualifications:

  • Be physically and mentally able to safely perform essential functions of the job either with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • Be able to get to and from work at job sites anywhere within the geographical area.
  • Be able and willing to attend all related classroom training as required.
  • Be able to climb and work from ladders of various heights.
  • Be able to crawl and work in confined spaces.
  • Able to read, hear and understand instructions and warnings.
  • Be able to stand for long periods of time.
  • Able to bend and grasp.
  • Have good eye sight.
  • Able to lift up to 50 lbs.
Steve Shepherd
(701) 255-3285 ext. 1537

What is the application process?

  1. Submit the application with all supporting documents.
  2. Application will be assessed and screened for eligibility.
  3. A phone interview will be conducted with eligible applicants.
  4. Upon successfully completing the phone interview, the prospective student will be required to take and submit a drug test.
  5. Final acceptance is determined upon eligibility and receipt of the drug test results.

Where is the training?

  • Training will be conducted on the United Tribes Technical College campus in Bismarck, North Dakota.
  • Program will be limited to 12 students per session.

If I am accepted into the program, what costs will I be responsible for?

  • Accepted students are responsible for their own drug testing.
  • Accepted students are responsible for transportation to and from Bismarck, North Dakota.
  • Tuition/lodging/meals.

Applicants may be eligible for Federal Financial Aid to cover the following items:

  • Tuition and materials for the training.
  • Lodging and meals.

Are there resources that will help me pay items not covered by Federal Financial Aid? Are there resources to help me pay for the drug testing?

Accepted students are encouraged to seek assistance from the offices that provide supportive services at their local Tribal Government. Each office has eligibility criteria and an application process.  Supportive services may include transportation costs, training start-up support, and drug testing costs.  In many cases, supportive services can be provided by offices such as:
  • Tribal Employment and Training Office (also known as WIA Office, Workforce Development Office, or 477 Office)
  • BIA General Assistance program
  • TERO programs

Why do I need a case manager?

  • Accepted students are encouraged to participate with a case manager during training to ensure a successful outcome.

What is an Individual Plan for Success?

  • An Individual Plan for Success is a plan that outlines students’ responsibilities and program responsibilities. It is signed to acknowledge an agreement between the case manager, the program staff, and the student.

Class Schedule

  • Classroom hours will be Monday-Friday 8-5.

What type of education will I have to have to be accepted into the program?

  • Students must have a High School diploma or a GED.

Will there be an entrance exam that I will need to take to get into the program?

  • No.  However, an assessment may be provided upon arrival at the college. Strong math skills are encouraged.

Will I have to travel for work?

  • Must be willing to relocate to job sites in the geographic area.
First Session: October 1, 2012 - February 8, 2013
Orientation: September 28, 2013 at 9:00am in Skills Center room 103 Welding classroom 
Winter Break: December 17, 2012 - January 1, 2013 classes resume on January 2, 2013

Second Session: February 25, 2013 - June 14, 2013
Orientation: February 22, 2013
No Spring Break
Cut off date for applications for this session is January 25, 2013
Interviews of all applicants- January 28-29, 2013
Letters go out February 2, 2013