P.O. Box 241, 20902 Washington Avenue, Onaway MI 49765



Cohort 1

August 2014 - November 2014

Number of Graduates: 15

Final Integration Project: Park Pedestrian Bridge

15 students completed a 15 week course of study with intense hands on training. The class participated in a integration project to test their skills and competencies in welding and fabricating.  Cohort 1 constructed a pedestrian bridge that connects two community parks in downtown Onaway, Michigan. The bridge is 52’ long and 6’ wide and approximately 16000lbs. The total construction time was three weeks to complete.



“The instructors at IAI have decades of experience and their passion for welding is contagious. The administrative staff is very helpful and always willing to go the extra mile to assist their students. Thanks to them I secured a career in welding with a local manufacturer before I graduated.” — Adam J.


“My training at IAI provided me with the skills and connections I needed to start my welding career. Most of our time at the school was spent in the lab every day and that really helped me to get hands on experience in welding and fabricating. My favorite part was the bridge we built as a team project.” — Brooks Dalgliesh

“Since completing IAI’s 15-week welding program I have taken chances and explored my opportunities at Daifuku Webb. I’ve gone through fabricating and forming (bending metal). My supervisors were able to observe my creativity and I am now the only metal bender at our Harbor Springs location. Welding led me to this great opportunity and for that I am forever grateful.” — Nolan Harwood