Empowering Montana’s Workforce

Welding & Fabrication

A wealth of opportunities exist for manufacturing companies that want to increase the productivity of their existing workforce.

Welding and Fabrication Training

Training Programs

A wide-ranging set of short-term, high-intensity training modules each designed to teach specific industry competencies. From basic health and safety to applied metal fabrication, these proven training modules can meet your needs. Learn more about the wealth of training options available.

Bitterroot College is leading the way in welding certification programs.

Learn more about Bitterroot’s and other school's programs:

Assessments

Assessments allow you to quantify an individual's level of skills and capabilities. These evaluations quantify the real skills and knowledge of current or potential employees through practical and theoretical exam and exercises which result in a single score for the individual which can be compared across industry averages.

For existing employees - the assessment also includes a Gaps Analysis that allows you to learn what areas of training might increase each employee's productivity.
For potential employees - find out how their skills compare to those of your existing workforce before investing in them.

Case Study

"When I moved everyone to one shift, so I could watch them, I had two welders too many for what welding stations I had available, so I had to let two guys go. I was in a bad spot with both guys I ended up letting go being good guys with potential. I gave them their Assessment Score paperwork to use in finding another job and another employer hired them purely on those assessment scores. It worked out for everybody."

Bob Relman, Vice President of Operations at Anderson Steel

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Testing and Welder Qualification

This process can help qualify and/or certify workers to American Welding Association (AWS) or Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) standards. It provides several levels of internationally recognized certifications and qualifications for welding professionals along with certification for welding companies. Specializing American Welding Society and Canadian Welding Bureau certification systems, both A.W.S. Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) and C.W.B. Certified Services Representative (CSR) are available to assist with 3rd party welder and fabricator certification and testing.

Company Certification

Are you looking to expand product distribution north of the border (did you know Canada imported roughly $1billion of metal fabricated goods in 2012 from companies in other counties)? Companies hoping to export product to the Canadian market must meet the standards of Canada’s Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) which certifies companies, inspection organizations, inspectors, and welding consumables through a review and qualification process to ensure that they meet the requirements for a variety of product and safety codes as well as standards such as CSA W47.1, CSA W47.2, CSA W55.3, CSA W186, CSA W178.1, CSA W178.2and CSA W48. In order to achieve and maintain certification, companies engaged in welding are required to have their personnel qualified for engineering, supervisory and welding and follow approved welding procedures. With roughly $1 billion dollars of imported goods (2012), significant opportunity exists for Montana businesses to sell product in the Canadian market.

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