Regional High School Welding Competition

The Industrial Arts Institute began hosting a High School Welding Competition in 2017 and continues to do so including the next event in January 2023. As many as eighty-nine welders from fourteen different area schools have competed in the past for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in three different welding processes.  The competition typically starts at 8:30 AM and conclude at 1:00 PM, with opportunities to win cash awards, scholarships, and welding equipment.  Students compete in Shielded Metal Arc (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc (GMAW-G), and Flux Cored Arc (FCAW).  All participants will receive scholarships to attend the Industrial Arts Institute’s Comprehensive Structural Plate & Pipe Welding Course once they have graduated from High School.   The Industrial Arts Institute is thrilled to be hosting these annual High School Welding Competitions that recognize high school talent from across Michigan. Thanks to our generous Sponsors, the only cost to competing schools is their transportation to and from Industrial Arts Institute.

2023 Welding Competition Details

January 11th, 2023

Registration deadline: December 1, 2022

2020 High School Welding Competition Feature

It has become a tradition at IAI to open our doors to high school welding students to host a day of trade excellence and friendly competition with fellow high school welders from across the state. Check out this feature video from the welding competition in 2020. 

Past Years Winners

2020 Winners

First Place

Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
Hunter Bur, Cheboygan High School Career Tech Program

Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)
Eddie Jewell, Cheboygan High School Career Tech Program

Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
Mason Whitaker, Cheboygan High School Career Tech Program

Second Place

Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
Abigail Markel, Midland High School

Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)
Brandon Fauble, Wexford-Missaukee Tech Center

Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
Zachary Hildebrant, Wexford-Missaukee Tech Center

Third Place

Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
Tyler Landon, Cheboygan High School Career Tech Center

Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)
Ethan Hutchins, Montcalm Area Career Tech Center

Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
Matt Secrist, Dickenson-Iron Technical Ed. Center

2019 Winners

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2018 Winners

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2017 Winners

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