Materials joining is a general term encompassing many different processes, including various methods of welding, brazing, soldering, adhesive bonding and even some kinds of mechanical fastening. Advances in the technology of these processes enable a wide variety of materials, such as metals, ceramics, polymers, composites and electronic materials, to be joined in ways that maximize reliability and minimize cost.
The Materials Joining Engineering Technology Concentration is a hybrid discipline that combines the fundamental principles of materials, mechanical, structural and electrical engineering, adapting them to the development and application of joining technology. This includes materials selection, characterization and weldability assessment, procedure development and qualification, process automation and control, as well as the design, inspection, analysis and testing of joined structures and components.
Engineering Technology graduates in the materials joining concentration invent new, safer and more efficient processes, create engineering specifications and contribute to the performance and integrity of everything from consumer products to space vehicles.
The emphasis of an engineering technology degree is on the practical application of theory.
The Materials Joining Engineering Technology Concentration at LeTourneau University involves a curriculum of 130 semester hours and is one of five concentration choices within our Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology degree.