ONAWAY- Industrial Arts Institute (IAI) and North Central Michigan College are proud to announce a new associate degree program at North Central in welding beginning in January, 2017. The general education and a portion of the technical skills coursework is completed through North Central with the remaining technical skills coursework being completed through an agreement with IAI.

Employment of welders, cutters, solderers and brazers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2014 to 2024, and reflects the need for welders in manufacturing because of the importance and versatility of welding as a manufacturing process. The basic skills of welding are similar across industries, so welders can easily shift from one industry to another, depending on where they are needed most. For example, welders from the automotive manufacturing industry may find work in the oil and gas industry.

The nation’s aging infrastructure will require the expertise of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers to help rebuild bridges, highways, and buildings. The construction of new power generation facilities and, specifically, pipelines transporting natural gas and oil will also result in new jobs.

“A trained workforce is essential for manufacturing growth in Northern Michigan,” states Dr. Peter Olson, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Success at North Central. “We began working with our area employers in 2014 with the creation of our CNC (Computer Numerical Controls) program through our mobile fabrication lab.  That program continues to grow and expand, and the welding program will add another training opportunity for individuals in our community to find new careers in our area.”

“This is a great example of higher education and skilled trades working together to provide continuity between cultures. The result will be prosperity for our co-supported students. They now have the ability to grow with their education rather than be limited by it. Our region made a huge step forward with this initiative and our residents will quickly realize the value and benefit from this collaboration,” says Tom Moran, owner and founder of Industrial Arts Institute.

The welding AAS degree can be completed in four semesters if attending full-time. For more information about the Welding portion of the program, please contact Tammi Ward, Operations & Student Services Manager at 989-733-4369.

North Central Michigan College is an open-door community college based in Petoskey, with additional locations offering classes and services in Cheboygan and Gaylord. North Central’s mission is to provide educational, economic and cultural opportunities for student learning, personal growth and community improvement.  North Central is an Achieving the Dream Leader College and a Military-Friendly School®.


For more information:

Kathy Bardins

Communications and Events Specialist




About IAI

Our Staff

Our Facility



IAI News




Financial Aid


Student Life


NE Michigan



Comprehensive Industrial Welding

Basic Welding

Ornamental Welding


Shielded Metal Arc Welding

Gas Metal Arc Welding & Flux Corded Arc Welding


Welding Qualification Testing


Summer Youth Offerings

IAI Community Volunteer

High School Welding Competition