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



High School Welding Work Based Learning (NIT)

High School Welding: Work Based Learning

Nitaazhitoojik Industrial Training (NIT)

“The Nitaazhitoojik Industrial Training (NIT) program – administered by Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Niigaandiwin Education Department –  is designed to provide financial assistance to students pursuing training in high-demand STEM-related fields.

NIT is proud to collaborate with the Industrial Arts Institute, and Northern Michigan’s leading manufacturers in providing the Work-Based Learning Welding Program – an opportunity consisting of streamlined learning modules, offered in both the classroom and workplace, that will equip students with the skills necessary to begin their training to become employable in manufacturing careers. 

Work-Based Learning Welding students will be trained at the Industrial Arts Institute Complex in Onaway, MI.  Upon completion of the 192 clock-hour program, opportunities with local employers may be available to students interested in continuing their training through a short-term (1 or 2 week) Pre-apprenticeship\Job shadowing opportunity.

All rising junior and senior high school students, as well as recent graduates are eligible to apply for this unique *paid work-based learning and pre-apprenticeship program. 

Eligible students will receive a $13/hourly stipend for the duration of their welding training and pre-apprenticeship/job shadowing weeks.  The stipend will be administered to eligible  students through a grant from the Northwest MI Works! agency.


The production of this page was supported by Grant 90NA8359 from ACF. It’s content is solely the responsibility of Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa and does not necessarily represent the official views of ACF.



*The Nitaazhitoojik Industrial Training Program will provide eligible students with tuition assistance.

*Eligibility will be determined by the Nitaazhitoojik Industrial Training Program .  

Contact Kerstine Bennington; 
 kbennington@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov or (231) 242-1485


June 21 – July 29, 2021 – Monday thru Thursday - 8:00AM - 3:30PM
August 2 - August 13, 2021 - Pre-apprenticeship/job shadowing (dates and times differ by employer)

Course Description

Welding: Work-based learning training will include 192 hours of hands-on instruction covering topics such as 

  • Shop/ equipment and welding safety
  • Oxy-fuel and plasma cutting
  • Gas metal arc welding- fillet welds/ intro to groove welds* 
  • Flux-cored metal arc welding – fillet welds/ intro to groove welds*
  • Shielded metal arc welding- fillet welds/ intro to groove welds*
  • Introduction to welding symbols and blueprint reading

    (* subject to change based on student skill level)

    Additional resources available to the students including; Employability skills training including workplace etiquette, career pathways / exploration, resume preparation, mock interviewing and financial literacy / budgeting.