Industrial Arts Institute is holding its 3rd Annual Regional High School Welding Competition on March 8, 2019. Forty-nine High School students from nine area schools will compete for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in 3 welding processes.  Competition starts at 8:30 AM and concludes at 1:00 PM with opportunities to win cash awards, scholarships and welding equipment.  Students will compete in Shielded Metal Arc (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc (GMAW-G), and Flux Cored Arc (FCAW).  All participants will receive a scholarships to attend the Industrial Arts Institute’s Comprehensive Structural Plate & Pipe Welding Course once they have graduated from High School.  The next classes start August 5th, 2019 and January 6th, 2020.

“We are thrilled to be hosting the 3rd Annual High School Welding Competition at the Industrial Arts Institute again this year”, states Mark Dombroski; Executive Director.  “We have created an exciting and challenging competition that should highlight the high school welding programs and recognize the student talent in Northern Michigan”. High School welding programs from the following schools are planning to participate: Cheboygan Area Schools, Sault Area Career Center, Pellston Public High School, East Jordan Public Schools, Alpena High School, Wexford- Missaukee Tech Center, Montcalm Area Career Center, Mio-Ausable High School, Montcalm Area Career Center and Mecosta-Osceola Career Center. Corporate Industry specialist from Yukon Mfg. Corporation and Carmeuse Lime & Stone will serve as competition judges for the day.

Thanks to our generous Sponsors, the only cost to competing schools is their transportation to and from Industrial Arts Institute. The materials, prizes, lunches and equipment costs were all provided by the following sponsors; Purity Cylinder Gases, Lincoln Electric, Miller Electric Mfg. LLC, Charlevoix- Emmet ISD, Michigan CAT, Robotic Welded Parts Inc, Employment Services Inc, Ellenberger Albert Lumber Company, Indian River CarQuest & DoIt Hardware, Onaway Chamber of Commerce, Alro Steel, International Brotherhood Electrical Workers-Local 876, Getman Corporation, Yukon Manufacturing, Carmeuse Lime & Stone, Superior Fabrication, Woodwinds Restaurant, Onaway Custom Embroidery, Moran Iron Works, and Industrial Arts Institute.