Northern Michigan’s Premier Welding School

About Our School

The Industrial Arts Institute is Northern Michigan’s leading welding school, committed to developing and inspiring a skilled workforce through traditional training methods that connect talented individuals to the trades. As a licensed institution by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, a veteran-approved training facility, and a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, IAI offers exceptional welding and advanced metal fabrication programs designed to prepare students for fulfilling careers in the industry. With a hands-on, project-based approach led by industry experts with extensive experience, our fast track programs equip students with comprehensive welding and fabrication skills, making them ready for the workforce. At IAI, we provide students with the support, knowledge, and practical experience necessary to become qualified and successful professionals in the welding industry.


Students will have training in the following disciplines of soft skills, culture and critical thinking:

Loyalty: Commitment to company values and systems.
Integrity: Discipline to carry out employer core value and philosophies.
Hard Work: Staying focused and making progress on any project.
Quality: Doing your best, every time to exceed the requirements.
Teamwork: Ability to rely faithfully on your co-workers, knowing they rely just the same on you.
Learning: Desire and curiosity to gain knowledge and experience.
Growth: The result of learning.

Our Facility

The Industrial Arts Institute is a nonprofit organization that combines innovative education with skilled trades training to connect talent with industries.

Our Staff

Our welding instructors have diverse industry backgrounds, providing expert guidance to prepare employees with welding qualifications.

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Onaway welding students partner with DNR to build footbridge at Harrisville State Park

What’s happening: A special alloy of workforce development and environmental stewardship efforts continues to take shape in Presque Isle County. A group of welding students at the Industrial Arts Institute (IAI) in Onaway has built a footbridge to be...

Industrial Arts Institute Awarded the Outstanding Contributor Award 

Onaway, MI — The Economic Generator Network has recognized the Industrial Arts Institute(IAI) with the Outstanding Contributor Award for their excellence in welding education andworkforce development. The award, which comes with a $15,000 prize, was given to IAI's...

Industrial Arts Institute Students Use Cutting-edge Welding Technology to Build Swing Set

Industrial Arts Institute has a reputation for building skilled trades workers that are focused creating quality workmanship and having a sense of civic responsibility. So, when Awaken Church in Onaway wanted to build a swing set from scratch for their new family...

Michigan DNR and Industrial Arts Institute Blaze New Trail with Creative Partnership

The next time you’re hiking on the North Central, North Eastern, or North Western state trails, take a closer look at the new trail gates.  There’s a chance they were made by welding students from Industrial Arts Institute in Onaway, Michigan. IAI students have a...

Creating a Worker with More Skills: IAI Targeted Welding Training Answers Needs of Local Employer

Since the onset of the pandemic, US manufacturing indexes have reached a 37-year high[1].  Still, manufacturers continue to struggle, not only with skyrocketing material costs and supply chain issues, but with labor shortages.   Welders and metal...


Industrial Arts Institute is a nationally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit, and our mission is to inspire a noble workforce with time-honored training, and to connect talent with skilled trades industries.


Our diverse and skilled alumni have aquired positions after graduation as construction welders, boilermakers, industrial maintenance welders, sheet metal workers, and beyond.


Industrial Arts Institute is a 501(c)(3) and we strive to maintain transparency with our financials. We are extremely careful with the dollars our donors have entrusted to our care. 

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Comprehensive Industrial Welding

Basic Welding

Ornamental Welding


Shielded Metal Arc Welding

Gas Metal Arc Welding & Flux Corded Arc Welding


Welding Qualification Testing


Summer Youth Offerings

IAI Community Volunteer

High School Welding Competition