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Welding Engineering

The Welding Engineering program, part of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is designed to educate welding engineers to meet the manufacturing challenges of the 21st century. Ohio State’s Welding Engineering program is the only ABET-accredited undergraduate program in North America, and it also offers master’s and doctoral degrees.

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is ranked among the top programs of its kind in the world and enjoys the respect of industry leaders and academicians worldwide. From its beginnings in ceramic and metallurgical engineering, the department has grown to encompass the study of nanotechnology, exotic composite materials, fuel cells, advanced structural materials, biomaterials and more.

Student Life

The program offers students both a small, nurturing environment and all the benefits of a major academic research institution. Our small graduate student-to-faculty ratio provides students with frequent access to some of the leading authorities in welding engineering.

Financial Support

The Welding Engineering program is strongly committed to graduate education. Many Welding Engineering graduate program students are sponsored by research grants, fellowships or corporate funding in the form of Graduate Research Associateship positions. GRA positions allow students to focus on their academic pursuits while gaining important research experience.

GRA positions receive:

• Full payment of tuition expenses
• Monthly stipend
• 85% of health insurance premiums covered by the GRA project
• Full payment of lab and research costs
• Use of advanced equipment only available at a major research university
• Total annual value of this position can exceed $56,000

Employment Opportunities

Welding engineering graduate students are employed by a wide range of industries, universities, national laboratories and independent research organizations. Industrial opportunities include power companies, nuclear power plant design and construction, aerospace, automotive, appliance, consumer items, and much more. Due to the uniqueness of the program, welding engineering graduates are highly sought after, both nationally and internationally.

Graduate Specializations

  • Welding Processes
  • Welding Metallurgy
  • Welding Design
  • Non-Destructive Evaluation
  • Micro/Nano Material Processing, Characterization and Joining
  • Joining of Plastics and Composites

Master’s Degree Program

The welding engineering master’s degree program provides opportunities for individuals to expand their knowledge of welding and materials joining through a coherent program of study that includes a concentration in one of the areas of specialization listed above and a breadth of understanding in the other areas. Students with bachelor of science degrees in welding engineering or other engineering disciplines, such as mechanical, electrical, industrial, manufacturing and materials science, are ideal candidates for this program. In addition, students with bachelor of science degrees in science and mathematics will be considered for the program.

Distance Learning

Ohio State offers a two-year distance learning Master of Science degree in welding engineering. Applicants to the program must have previously earned a Bachelor’s or professional degree in engineering or physical sciences and meet the other admission requirements for a Master’s degree. This 100% online Master’s degree program is designed for individuals who are working in a welding engineering or welding-related job and wish to earn a graduate degree in welding engineering. In response to the domestic and global demand for welding engineers, this program provides a welding engineering curriculum that is accessible to applicants from around the world, with all courses offered online.

Doctoral Degree Program

The welding engineering doctoral program provides opportunities for individuals to attain a high level of scholarly achievement and contribution to the discipline through advanced study and research. It is expected that an expanded knowledge base will be acquired through a coherent pattern of advanced course work and informal study in welding engineering and allied fields, strong emphasis on one particular area of welding engineering, and significant coverage of one or more additional areas outside that of emphasis. This study will culminate in research on, and publication of, a doctoral dissertation that will advance the scientific base of the field.


The Department of Materials Science and Engineering has extensive laboratory and research facilities, including:

• Center for Resilience
• Data-Driven Decisions Laboratory
• Edison Joining Technology Center (in collaboration with Edison Welding Institute)
• Engineering Research Center for Net Shape Manufacturing
• Institute for Ergonomics

Faculty also are involved in many other interdisciplinary programs and research centers, including:

• Center for Integrative Materials Joining Science for Energy Applications (NSF Center)
• Center for Advanced Polymer and Composite Engineering
• Center for Affordable Nanoengineering of Polymeric Biomedical Devices
• Center for Occupational Health in Automotive Manufacturing
• Cognitive Systems Engineering Laboratory

Annual research expenditures in the department exceed $6 million. Primary sources of research funding include the Federal Aviation Administration, National Science Foundation, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Energy, State of Ohio and multiple industrial sponsors.

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A man and a woman watching a robot weld

Mark Cooper