The Southern Arkansas University System has developed a Welding Engineering Technology that is one-of-a-kind in Arkansas, and one of only a few in the country.
“We hire locally as much as possible, and look forward to recruiting at SAU to fill positions as they become available.”
– Colin Sterling, Lockheed Martin
In development of this Welding Engineering Technology program, the SAU System found there to be a need for highly skilled welding supervisors to lead the welding and fabricating operations in advanced manufacturing industries and specifically the aerospace defense and oil and gas manufacturing industries of southern Arkansas.
“SAU and SAU Tech do an outstanding job in equipping students to meet local industry needs. Welding engineers are in great demand regionally, and certainly at Lockheed Martin’s Camden facility,” said Colin Sterling, director of Lockheed Martin Camden Operations. “We hire locally as much as possible, and look forward to recruiting at SAU to fill positions as they become available.”
Striving to avoid duplication in programs and removing transfer obstacles, SAU System administrators are proud to be implementing this integrated program that will utilize strengths of both SAU and SAU Tech.
This four-year Engineering Physics with Welding Engineering Technology degree option is highly focused in welding technology so that the gradautes will take leadership roles in welding a fabrication industries. The successful graduates will ensure the quality of welding work and supervise the welding technicians in the workplace typically in a manufacturing facility. The graduate will also ensure safety and evaluate the current method for further improvement. This degree option will be a collaborative program with SAU Tech. A significant number of lower division welding courses will be offered at SAU Tech; whereas all the upper division welding specific courses will be offered at SAU.
- An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
- An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
- An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
- An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
- An ability to function on multidisciplinary team
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problem
- An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
- An ability to communicate effectively
- The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
- A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
- A knowledge of contemporary issues
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