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



Cohort 11

January 2018 - April 2018

Number of Graduates: 13

Final Integrated Project: Gabion Baskets & Custom Metal Benches

Students completed a 15 week course of study with intense hands on training. The class participated in an integration project to test their skills and competencies in welding and fabricating. Cohort 11’s integration project, which was a result of a partnership with the Lewiston, Michigan DDA, was to craft gabion baskets and custom made metal park benches for a main street beautification project. Students, under the guidance of IAI Certified Welding Educators (CWE), fabricated the projects out of mild steel and steel mesh.  The design and engineering of the baskets were administered at Moran Iron Works (MIW). The finished project provided the Village of Lewiston with 2 baskets and 12 benches. The project was spearheaded by Shawn Huston, Lewiston DDA Member and Lewiston business owner.

“Working with the teams at MIW and IAI has been amazing.  To have a business, school, and our community working with one another for the benefit of our local beautification program, creates great value for us and all of Northern Michigan”, states Shawn.

“Integrated projects provide our students with the opportunity to use the skills they are taught at IAI. Students will utilize critical thinking skills, work in teams, read blueprints, fabricate, machine and weld the projects together.” states Mark Dombroski, Executive Director of IAI.

Keynote speaker, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, addressed Cohort 11 with a video message.




“You can make it happen and find that job that is meant for you.” -Colin DeVries

“IAI not only prepares you for the work force, IAI prepares you for life experiences and expectations.”
-Mason DeVries

“As a landscaping company and “former” employer, we didn’t feel that we would be able to compete with the welding opportunities that Mason and Colin would be seeking upon their graduation from the IAI. But Mason and Colin came back, resumed their job along with taking  the initiative of putting their new skills to work by fixing small projects that we would outsource to welding companies. Two of the greatest strengths these young men have are their abilities to figure things out and being team players.”
– John Hoffman


“When I arrived at IAI, I had only ever touched a welder one other time. Next thing you know, I’m doing a shop tour at Moran Iron Works the morning before my CIW graduation. I started out not having a clue how to light an oxy acetylene torch, to being able to cut a straight line in just a few weeks. They teach GMAW, GTAW, SMAW & FCAW processes which is needed to help you figure out what type of welder you want to be. The staff at IAI is amazing! The instructors are very talented and easy to get along with. They are also extremely helpful and would gladly give you a demonstration if you asked.”
-Nathan Facsko