Bachelor of Science in 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.

Metallurgical Engineering is the field of engineering with a rich historical background, where the practice has almost superseded the science. Metallurgy is the study of the relationship between the structure of materials at the atomic scale and their properties at the macroscale. These engineers or engineering technologists work in manufacturing environment where the engineering and joining of structures is of the utmost importance to fit, function and safety of a product. Welding Engineering Technology is a branch of metallurgical engineer concerned with all the aspects of joining metals, leading to the manufacture of sound weldments or design of more efficient equipment to aid in the welding process.

The demand for Welding and Metallurgical Engineering Technology graduates at the Bachelors 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 Advance 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.

Our program

The WSU BS WMET Program will bring together the theoretical and practical aspects of welding and metallurgy to provide industry with engineers proficient in both areas.

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Admissions requirements

The B.S.W.M.E.T. is designed to admit students who satisfy the undergraduate admission requirements of the University and have an associate degree or equivalent course work in preparatory programs such as welding technology or closely related disciplines. A minimum g.p.a. of 2.5 is required for admission into the program. Students with a g.p.a. of 2.0 to 2.5 may be admitted as Pre-Engineering Technology students, and may be transferred into the B.S.W.M.E.T. program upon successful completion of pre-calculus (MAT 1800) and physical science courses, with a g.p.a. of 2.5 or above. A Mathematics Placement Examination is required of students who have not already earned advanced credit in pre-calculus.

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Program requirements

Candidates for the B.S.W.M.E.T. degree must earn a minimum of 121 credits, which includes University General Education requirements. University policy allows a maximum of sixty-four semester credits transferred from community colleges to Wayne State, but students following University-approved articulation agreements with community colleges are able to exceed the maximum of sixty-four credits; a minimum of thirty semester credits must be earned from Wayne State, and at least twenty-four must be in the Division of Engineering Technology courses. All coursework must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the University and the College and must conform to Division academic standards.

In order to graduate, the University requires a minimum 2.0 g.p.a. in total resident credit, and the Division a minimum 2.0 g.p.a. in total coursework in the area of specialization; as well as satisfaction of all University Undergraduate General Education requirements.

The Bachelors of Science in Welding and Metallurgical Engineering Technology requires a minimum of 121 credits as outlined in the following curriculum.

Course Sequence

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Each program has a course sequence or a proper order in which to take classes. It is important that students take their classes following the course sequences provided by the department because foundational or prerequisite classes contain information that utilized in the upper level courses.

Since our students are coming from many different community colleges and technical backgrounds they transfer to Wayne State with varying amounts of credits. It is difficult to prescribe a semester-by-semester plan that would fit each individual student's situation, so instead priority lists are used.

Each list contains a group of classes that are required to be completed before registering for classes in the subsequent lists. This helps students progress through the program, while building on their foundational skills.

MAT 1800 ET 3430* MCT 3010 ME 4453
ET 2160 (or CSC1050) ET 3030 ME 3452 WMT 4300
PHY 2130/1 MIT 3500 ME 4451 WMT 4500
CHM 1020 ET 3850 WMT 3200 WMT 5800
ET 2140 ET 3870 WMT 4400 ET 4999
ET 2200 MCT 3010   ET 5870
EET 2000      
All Lower Division Tech (= 21)      



  • Students who are found to be "out of order" can be administratively withdrawn from their classes. It is also very important that students get a C- or better in a class that is listed as a prerequisite to another class.
  • Maximum 64 semester credits can be transferred from Community Colleges.
  • Transfer credits are subject to WSU Transfer Student Statute and may be revised.
  • Minimum 30 credits must be earned from WSU including 24 credits from Div. of Engineering Technology
  • WSU General Education Requirement includes: (a) Foundational Competencies for BC, IC, OC, and (b) Inquiries in QR, CI, CIV, SI, NSI, DEI, GL

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All courses required are not on these priority lists. General education and communication courses are omitted from the above list. Students can use the general education and communication classes to help "fill in" or "balance" their schedules, but these are outside of the technical/program of study area. A student should first try to schedule classes on at the priority level they are at, and then opt to take general education classes.


Science Requirements: 17 credits

Course number Course title
MAT 1800 Elementary Functions (QE)
MAT 3430 Applied Differential and Integral Calculus
CHM 1020 Survey of General Chemistry (NSI)
PHY 2130 & PHY 2131 Physics for the Life Sciences I  & Physics for the Life Sciences Laboratory (NSI)

Welding and Metallurgy upper division core courses: 43 credits

Course number Course title
ET 3030 Statics
ET 3850 Reliability and Engineering Statistics
ET 3870 Engineering Economic Analysis
WMT 3200 Thermodynamics of Welding and Metallurgy
ET 5870 Engineering Project Management
MCT 3100 Mechanics of Materials
ME 3452 Physical Metallurgy
ME 4451 Mechanical Metallurgy
ME 4453 Advanced Welding Metallurgy
WMT 4300 Welding Design
WMT 5800 Welding Automation and Robotics
MIT 3500 Machine Tool Laboratory
WMT 4400 Engineering Alloys
ET 4999 Senior Project

Welding and Metallurgy upper division electives: 7 credits

Course number Course title
WMT 4500 Failure Fracture Analysis
ME 5995 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering I

Lower Division technical courses: 30 credits

Course number Course title
ET 2200 Engineering Materials
EET 2000 Electrical Principles
ET 2140 Computer Graphics

Lower Division Technical to be transferred from Community College: 21 credits

Communication: 9 credits

Course number Course title
  Basic Communication (BC)
  Intermediate Communication (IC)
  Oral Communication (OC)

General education: 15 credits

Course number Course title
PHI 1120 Professional Ethics (CI)
  Civic Literacy Inquiry (CIV)
  Social Inquiry (SI)
  Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Inquiry (DEI)
  Global Inquiry (GL)

Total credits: 121 credits