Comprehensive Industrial Welding

CIW 100



** Tuition includes text books and a welding kit (welding helmet, a pair of safety glasses, welding gloves and welding jacket).



15 Week Course
January 3 – April 13, 2018 – 8AM – 4PM – Monday – Friday
April 23 – August 3, 2018 – 8AM – 4PM – Monday – Friday

19 Week Course
(includes all curriculum from the 15 week course plus 4 additional weeks for introduction to automated (robot) welding and introduction to pipe welding)
August 13 – December 21, 2018 – 8AM-4PM – Monday – Friday
January 14 – May 24, 2019 – 8AM-4PM – Monday – Friday
August 12 – December 20, 2019 – 8AM-4PM – Monday – Friday

Course Description:
The Comprehensive Industrial Welding (CIW) Program is the fastest and highest welder qualifying certificate program in the state. CIW provides students with the potential to receive over 24 welder qualification test records (WQTRs) in all four processes: GMAW, FCAW, SMAW, GTAW from 1G (flat) – 4G (overhead).

Students receive weekly lessons in Safety, Mathematics & Measurement, Blue Print Reading and the integration of these disciplines in welding, fabrication and basic manual machining in a fast track intensive program.

CIW 100 students have the opportunity to participate in a one week work practicum with a Corporate Manufacturer in Michigan. Students also will produce an Integrated Project; welding and fabricating a job for the community.

On-line application available below.


Industrial Arts Institute/North Central Michigan College Partnership

Welding: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

Industrial Arts Institute (IAI) and North Central Michigan College are proud to announce a new Associate Degree program at North Central in welding. This program is designed to prepare individuals for various careers in welding.  The technical skills coursework including Basic Welding ,Comprehensive Industrial Welding, Introduction to Blue Print Reading and Fabricating will be completed at the Industrial Arts Institute Complex in Onaway.  The general education and a part of the remaining technical skills coursework will be completed at a North Central Michigan College campus.

IAI Contact Person:
Tammi Ward (989) 733-4369

North Central Michigan College Contact Person:
Virginia Panoff (231) 348-6698

IAI / North Central Associates of Welding Student Enrollment Steps:

  • Complete Application for BOTH the Industrial Arts Institute Basic Welding AND CIW100 courses online.
  • Apply to North Central Michigan College’s Associate of Welding program.
  • Complete your FAFSA using North Central’s Federal Code – 002299
  • Each Semester that you are enrolled at IAI:
    – You must contact Virginia Panoff at the North Central Financial Aid Office to update and sign the Student Contractual Agreement Authorization Form
    – North Central will calculate your financial aid for the semester based upon your concurrent enrollment at North Central and IAI
    – Financial Aid for students enrolled with IAI will be provided for the North Central Fall and Winter semesters only:
    Fall Semester Dates = September – December
    Winter Semester Dates = January – May
    – Students that are using their financial aide refund to pay their  balance at IAI will be responsible for paying IAI directly with these funds. North Central does not send any of your refund to IAI on your behalf.



Basic Welding

Fundamentals of Welding



**A welding helmet (auto-darkening preferred), leather welding gloves and a welding jacket are required for this class. (required items are available for purchase at IAI, in a kit for $150)


Monday evenings September 18 – November 6, 2017 4:30PM-7:30PM

Monday evenings February 12th – April 2nd, 2017 4:30PM-7:30PM

Course Description:

This course is 8 weeks and will provide students an opportunity to develop knowledge and skill application in various welding processes. The course will cover basic welding safety, SMAW Processes, Introduction to GMAW, and Oxy Fuel cutting. Students will have the opportunity to qualify for a GMAW- Spray Transfer 2F welder qualification.

**Full leather, steel-toed boots are the responsibility of the student and must be worn in order to work in the Industrial Arts Institute Welding Lab.


Ornamental Welding & Design




**An auto-darkening welding helmet, leather welding gloves and a welding jacket are required for this class. (required items are available for purchase at IAI, in a kit for $150)


Monday evenings September 18 – November 6, 2017 4:30PM-7:30PM

Saturday Mornings – February 3 – March 24, 2018 9:00AM-12:00PM

Course Description:

This course will combine skill-sets from our Basic Ornamental Welding as well as Ornamental Design One curriculum. It will include an introduction to metal work for students with limited or no knowledge of welding and will focus on the forming and fabrication of linear stock, steel and “found” (recycled) metal. Students with the prerequisite of Basic Welding or Basic Ornamental will gain knowledge in metal fabrication, design, layout, cutting, forming and finishing techniques to make a piece of metal art.

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