Comprehensive Industrial Welding (CIW)

Structural Plate & Pipe Welding



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


Schedule: 19 Week Course
January 7 – May 17, 2019 – 8AM-4PM – Monday – Friday
August 5 – December 13, 2019 – 8AM-4PM – Monday – Friday

Course Description:

Since its inception, the Comprehensive Industrial Welding Program has grown and advanced based on feedback received from our students and our industry partners. We take a hands-on, project based approach to our educational programs, providing expert faculty support with deep industry experience. Our fast track, intensive courses not only build useful skill sets for our students but also produces workforce ready employees who are in great demand and highly compensated. Most employers will agree that it takes more than talent to excel in the workplace. Our programs provide students with the support, knowledge and hands on application they need to become qualified and employable.

IAI courses are taught by instructors who are AWS Certified Welding Inspectors & Educators with years of experience in the Welding & Fabricating Industry.   They are some of the most skillful and experienced professionals in the industry and provide real world, hands on training and expertise that will fully prepare their students to be successful.

The student’s classroom time will begin with a focus on welding fundamentals to include safety, equipment used for the various welding processes, and electrical principles related to welding. The student will be involved in blueprint reading, shop drawings, related math and weld symbols and the integration of these disciplines in welding and fabrication. Each welding process will be covered in depth using a combination of textbooks, media, and visual aids to ensure the student comprehends the instruction and requirements in the lab.

Students may also have the opportunity to participate in a one week work practicum with one of our corporate partners which allows them to be mentored by experienced welders/fabricators to continue to develop real – world skills.  Additionally, students will work as a team to produce an Integrated Project; a welding and fabricating “Team” project as part of their training at IAI.

Students complete 760 clock hours of real world, project– based training focused on practical theory and hands-on training in a state-of-the art fully equipped welding facility. The Comprehensive Industrial Welding Program laboratory totals over 26, 000 square feet of instructional space containing 36 Lincoln Electric Welding Power Sources, 36 Welding Stations, Oxygen Fuel Welding and Line Burners, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding with Pulsation, Gas Metal Arc Welding with Pulsation, Flux Cored Arc Welding with Gas Shielding, Plasma Arc Welding and Cutting, Submerged Arc Welding, Grinding Equipment, Resistance Welding Work Stations, Submerged Arc Welding Work Station, Tensile and Guided Bend Testing Equipment, Ultrasonic, Magnetic Particle and Liquid Penetrant Equipment, Shears, Band Saws, and Press Brakes, Automated Welding equipment including a Lincoln Electric eCell Robotic Welding System, a Mechanized Plasma Cutting Table and a Torchmate 4400 CNC Plasma Cutting Table.  Students will gain experience operating and practicing on industry standard equipment as well as some of the newest technology in the welding industry.

Graduates of IAI will receive a industry recognized certificate of completion as well as opportunity to have specific certifications registered with the American Welding Society (AWS) – Certified Welder Program -a performance-based program that provides final certifications that are “transferrable” credentials that students may take with them wherever they go.  Additionally, our students will perform welding qualification testing at our Accredited Test Facility at the end of their training in accordance with the appropriate industry codes (AWS, ASME). Upon successful completion of the course and the certification test, the student will receive a welder’s certification record reflecting the parameters for which they are qualified to weld. 

CIW Students will have the potential to achieve numerous AWS welder qualification test records in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)- in all positions 1G (flat) – 4G (overhead) & develop Pipe Welding skills utilizing ASME section IX standards ;  2G & 5G or 6G. Welding automation and CNC Plasma operations will also be taught to students interested in these areas.

On-line application available below.


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)


May 15 – June 7, 2018  | Tuesday and Thursday Evenings – 4:30PM-7:30PM

June 18th – 21st, 2018 | 4 Days, 6 hours a day – 8AM – 3PM (with  1/2 hr. lunch)

Course Description:

This course is 24 hours of hands on training that 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 Courses

Level I through Level III

**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)

Tuition: $600.00 (includes instruction, project metals and welding consumables)
Tuesdays & Thursday evenings – September 11th through October 4th, 2018 4:00PM-8:00PM

Course Description:
This course is 24 hours of instruction in the introduction to ornamental welding .  It will include an introduction to metal work for students with limited or no knowledge of welding.  The course will focus on welding, forming and fabrication of linear stock, steel and “found” (recycled) metal projects. Students will have a choice of creating 1 of 6 pre-designed metal art projects that you will take home.
*minimum of 4 & maximum of 8 students per class

Tuition: $600.00
(includes instruction, project metals and welding consumables)
Thursday evenings August 9 – September 27, 2018 4:30PM-7:30PM

Course Description:
This course is 24 hours of instruction for students who have previously completed the Introduction to Ornamental Welding courses.  This course will allow students to advance to the second level of Ornamental Welding which will include Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW).  Advance skills sets in GTAW, metal fabrication, design, layout, cutting, forming and finishing techniques will be used to create a metal art project.  Students will have a choice of creating 1 of 3 pre-designed metal art projects that you will take home.
*minimum of 4 & maximum of 8 students per class

LEVEL III: ADVANCED ORNAMENTAL WELDING & DESIGN Tuition: $700 (includes artist consultation, facilities/equipment usage & welding consumables.  *An assessment of your project’s metal/material needs will be completed & additional metal/material expenses will be student’s responsibility)
Saturday Mornings – October 11- November 29th, 2018 9:0AM-12:00PM *No class held on November 22nd, 2018
Course Description:
This course is for students who have previously completed the Introduction to Ornamental Welding AND Gas Tungsten Arc Ornamental Welding courses and who are ready to move on to an Independent Student level. Experienced metal art welding students will work independently but with 24 hours of consultation from IAI’s seasoned Artistic Welder, Ann Gildner.  Ann will provide direction and assistance in each step of the creation of a metal art welding project plan.  Advanced skill sets in design, lay-out, welding project planning, fabrication and finishing techniques will be utilized as you create a piece of metal art.
*minimum of 4 & maximum of 8 students per class


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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.