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Major in Welding Engineering

Thinking about WE at Ohio State?

The Welding Engineering program provides the mathematics, science, and engineering education needed to function in the welding industry. The welding engineer is concerned with all of the activities related to the design, production, performance, and maintenance of welded products. Interest is primarily in the manufactured or fabricated product, including materials selection, manufacturing methods, tooling, operator training, quality control, performance evaluation, sales, and service.

The broad range of welded products with which welding engineers deal includes structures, such as bridges and buildings; pressure vessels and heat exchangers, such as nuclear systems, boilers, chemical processing equipment, storage vessels, and transmission and distribution piping; transportation vehicles for water, land, air, and space travel; and production and processing machines of all types. This is an ABET-accredited program.

What is Welding Engineering?

While most may think of welding in terms of a process, it is actually a complex engineering discipline that involves aspects of materials science, design, inspection, mechanical and electronic systems, lasers, and robots. [more about Welding Engineering]

Early course work

Students interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree in Welding Engineering will begin as "pre-majors" in WE, and should follow the curriculum sheet, taking the required courses in Math, Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering.

Students should take MATSCEN 2010 no later than the Autumn before entering the major courses. WE Major courses begin in the Spring Semester of the second curriculum year. MATSCEN 2010 is offered each year in the Autumn and Spring semesters and has a prerequisite of Math 1151, Chemistry 1250 or 1210, and Physics 1250.

Curriculum for Welding Engineering majors

The Best of Both Worlds

The Welding Engineering program at Ohio State offers students the best of all worlds! The department is small and friendly, where students

interact frequently with faculty and staff and have many opportunities for involvement and research. At the same time, being at Ohio State offers literally hundreds of clubs and organizations and ways to be involved in student life at a great research institution.


Kami Westhoff, MFA
Undergraduate Senior Academic Advisor (preferred method of contact)
Drop-In Hours Every Week:

Tuesdays 12-2pm

Thursdays 12-3pm

Fridays 2-4pm

password: MSEWE

Prospective Undergraduate Students

Prospective undergraduates
For those seeking admission to Ohio State
Provides information on how to apply for admission to The Ohio State University to earn a Bachelor of Science degree. Includes information on declaring MSE or WE as one's pre-major.

Welding Engineering Lab Tour (8:40)--Jack Canaday and other WE students provide a tour of our welding engineering laboratory facility, the Edison Joining Technology Center, and give a glimpse into the research in which each is involved.

To schedule a visit please contact:
This office will address admission, scholarships, first year engineering curriculum and services, as well as arrange for a tour of the engineering facilities and residence halls. 

Transferring to Ohio State Welding Engineering

The Welding Engineering program at OSU is a 4-year engineering degree program, and is not a technical welding program. Students wishing to transfer to Ohio State and to the College of Engineering should refer to the College's admission requirements.

Transfer students with at least 30 transferable semester hours (or the equivalent), including credit for at least one calculus course, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) enroll as pre-majors. Transfer students with fewer than 30 semester hours (or the equivalent) are considered using the freshmen criteria.

Technical welding courses cannot be used to complete the OSU Welding Engineering degree. Students admitted to Ohio State with diplomas in Welding Technology or Associate of Applied Science in Welding should expect to spend another 3-4 years of fulltime coursework to complete the Bachelor of Science in Welding Engineering at Ohio State. Community College transfer students are encouraged to follow the Associate of Science track (calculus, calculus-based physics, and college chemistry) for best transferability to Ohio State's Welding Engineering Program.

Note to transfer students

Community college transfer students are encouraged to follow an Associate of Science track (calculus, calculus-based physics, and college chemistry) for best transferability to Ohio State's Welding Engineering Program.

Recipients of diplomas in Welding Technology or Associate of Applied Science in Welding who are admitted to the College of Engineering at Ohio State should expect to dedicate three to four years of full-time coursework to complete the Bachelor of Science in Welding Engineering.

Online option only available in WE MS, PhD programs

The Bachelor of Science in Welding Engineering is not available as an online option.  
Distance Master of Science in Welding Engineering