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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 playground, IAI was quick to take on the project as part of their […]

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 reputation for doing good in the community.  Since the welding […]

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 fabricators remain elusive, and the cost of attracting and retaining an employee with welding skills can be significant. Faced […]

IAI Student Dispatch: Our Comprehensive Industrial Welding Program Through the Eyes of A Student

A Cohort 17 graduate shared his thoughts about our 19-week program on his way to becoming an industry-ready welder. This is his story. Feb 15, 2021 We’re in week five of the Comprehensive Welding Program here at IAI. It’s a 19-week program that encompasses the entire world of welding. Currently we are neck deep in […]

Not Just A Job Fair – Local Welding School’s Creative Format Gives Employers an Edge

On June 3, manufacturing recruiters from all over northern Michigan will head to Industrial Arts Institute in Onaway to a different kind of job fair, where employers can count on truly connecting with new talent. Students at the northern Michigan welding school are wrapping up their 19-week program with an eye on the ultimate prize […]

Skills and Values Are the Focus of New Programming

With an eye on creating talented welders that succeed in the workplace, Industrial Arts Institute has taken steps to develop both skills and values in its students with revised curriculum.

Industrial Arts Institute Offers New Path for COVID-Displaced Workers

Industrial Arts Institute in Onaway, Michigan, is seeing a new type of student interested in their 2021 welding training programs: the worker that’s been displaced by the pandemic. Workers in customer-facing industries are finding themselves in the unemployment line once again as COVID cases escalate and statewide lockdown mandates go into effect.  With so much […]

Ocqueoc Township Cemetery Sign the Result of Local Artists, Community Effort

A new sign marks the entrance of the Ocqueoc Township Cemetery – and it’s both a work of art and the result of a concerted community effort. In late 2017, the township board determined that a new sign was needed for the cemetery, and Jeff Foster, Ocqueoc Township board trustee, put the project in motion.  […]

Industrial Arts Institute Students Earn Awards & National Recognition by Competing in the Prestigious 2020 James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Competition

Students at the Industrial Arts Institute have honed their welding skills over the past six months and have had more than their fair share of trials to overcome in the uncertain times that we live in. At IAI, we take pride in producing workforce ready welders in 19 weeks. A typical comprehensive industrial welding class […]


(ONAWAY, MI.) — Industrial Arts Institute is holding its 4th Annual Regional High School Welding Competition on March 6, 2020. Sixty-nine High School students from fourteen area schools will compete for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in three welding processes.  Competition starts at 8:30 AM and concludes at 1:00 PM with opportunities to win cash […]

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