Welding and Metallurgical Engineering Technology (BS)

What is Welding and Metallurgical Engineering Technology? 

Metallurgy and welding are two technologies that both have their roots in the Industrial Revolution, where the joining of metals began with the forge welding of pig or wrought iron. Because of their fundamental nature, these technologies are intertwined. The ability to develop and join metals have made immeasurable contribution to the transportation, aerospace, agricultural and defense industries. Wayne State University's welding and metallurgical engineering technology bachelor's program brings together the theoretical and practical aspects of welding and metallurgy to provide industry with engineers proficient in both areas.

What can I do with a Welding and Metallurgical Engineering Technology Degree? 

The demand for welding and metallurgical engineering technology graduates at the bachelor of science level is growing due to the following:

  • Electric and autonomous vehicles will require welding and metallurgical engineering technology graduates to work with advance metals and the advanced welding techniques to join them.
  • Light-weighting in the automotive industry continuous to be a hot topic. While much of the light-weighting focus has been on the contributions of polymers and composites, the use of nonferrous metals, high-strength low-alloy (HSLA) steels and advanced high-strength steels (AHSS) have been major contributors to light-weighting initiatives. Along with the integral knowledge of lightweight metals, there is a need for the knowledge of joining them.
  • The vast majority of "metallurgical engineering" programs have changed to "materials science." This change has required the addition of ceramics, polymers, composites and semiconductor coursework. The addition of the non-metal courses has resulted in a reduction of metallurgy coursework within the new materials science programs.

      Course planning

Choose an area of study (associate degree), earn Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), and complete pathway courses. The below pathway outlines the required Henry Ford College courses.  Courses not taken or transferred from Henry Ford College can be completed at Wayne State University.

Choose an area of study

Associate Degree
Welding Technology (AAS)
Welding (AAS)

Earn the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA)

MTA Requirement/Specific Course Credit Hours Notes
*ENG 131 Intro to College Writing (ENG 1020) 3 or ENG 132H
*ENG 135 Business & Technical Writing/Research (ENG 3010)                  3  
*MATH 175 Precalculus (MAT 1800)      5  
*CHEM 131 Principles of Chemistry (CHM 1020)           4  
*PHYS 131 General Physics (PHY 2130) 4 Second Science must be from different disciplines with lab
Approved Social Science (see MTA) 3  
Approved Social Science (see MTA) 3 Second Social Science must be from different discipline
*PHIL 139 Ethics (PHI 1120) 3  
Approved Humanities/Fine Arts (see MTA) 2-3 Second Humanities/Art must be from different discipline
Total                                                    30 credits (minimum)  

*Meets MTA requirements and/or satisfies Wayne State degree requirement (prerequisites may be required, see HFC Academic Advisor).  

Complete pathway courses

Course Credit Hours
ENGR 201 Science of Materials (ET 2200)            3
ELEC 103 Basic Electricity (EET 2000) 4
DRAF 110 Intro to Industrial Drafting (ET 2140)            3
WELD or CIMWD 100 or above 21
Total 31 credits


    Course planning 

The following courses are required to finish the degree requirements.  Any pathway course(s) not completed at the community college can be completed at Wayne State University. 

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Welding and Metallurgical Engineering Technology

Course Credit Hours
ET 3030 Statics 3
ET 3430 Applied Differential and Integral Calculus 4
ET 3850 Reliability and Engineering Statistics  3
ET 3870 Engineering Economic Analysis 3
WMT 3200 Thermodynamics of Welding and Metallurgy 3
ET 5870 Engineering Project Management    3
MCT 3100 Mechanics of Materials    3
WMT 3100 Engineering Alloys 3
WMT 3451 Mechanical Metallurgy 3
WMT 3452 Physical Metallurgy 3
WMT 4453 Advanced Welding Metallurgy 3
WMT 4700 Welding Design 3
WMT 5800 Welding Automation and Robotics 3
MIT 3500 Machine Tool Laboratory   1
WMT 4600 Metallurgy of Welding Processes            3
ET 4999 Senior Design Project 3
WMT 4500 Failure Fracture Analysis 3
WMT 3000 Welding Quality and Safety         3
ET 4990 Guided Study 1
Total 54 credits

 Transfer credit summary

Transfer credit summary Credits
Henry Ford College transferrable credits 67 credits
Required Wayne State University credits 54 credits (minimum)
Total credits required to complete bachelor's degree 121 credits (transferred or WSU)
  • WSU requires a minimum of 30 hours in residency. 
  • You can review how courses transfer using the course equivalency tool for other acceptable equivalences.

Welding and Metallurgical Engineering Technology Scholarships

How do I get started?

  • Opt-in to Wayne State Transfer Pathways
  • Schedule a WSU Transfer Success Appointment         
  • Meet with your academic advisors and track your academic progress 


  • The pathway allows multiple associate degree options with the flexibility to customize your degree path. The minimum eligibility to participate in the Wayne State Transfer Pathways is a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above, Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), and an associate degree (earned or Reverse Transfer).  
  • All college-level (non-developmental), non-duplicated courses with a 2.0 (C) grade point average (GPA) or above will be considered for transfer credit.  Earned credit will transfer as 1) direct course equivalency, 2) major/department credit, or 3) elective credit. Credits not earned at the community college will need to be taken at WSU.  
  • These pathways do not replace the importance of community college and Wayne State academic advising. The pathway provides a general roadmap to degree completion. 

Primary contacts

    Henry Ford College
    Academic Advising
    313-317-6845 | advising@hfcc.edu                                     

             Transfer Student Success Center 
             313-577-2487 | transfer@wayne.edu
             College of Engineering
             313-577-3780 | Academic Advising