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



Comprehensive Industrial Welding

Comprehensive Industrial Welding (CIW)

Structural Plate & Pipe Welding

** Tuition includes a welding kit (auto darkening welding helmet, 2 pair welding gloves, welding jacket and text books).





COHORT 17- January 18 – May 28, 2021 – 8AM-4PM – Monday – Friday
COHORT 18- August 9–December 17, 2021 – 8AM-4PM Monday – Friday

Course Description

Since its inception, the Comprehensive Industrial Welding Program has grown and advanced based on feedback received from our students and our industry partners. We take a hands-on, project based approach to our educational programs, providing expert faculty support with deep industry experience. Our fast track, intensive courses not only build useful skill sets for our students but also produces workforce ready employees who are in great demand and highly compensated.  IAI provides students with the support, knowledge and hands on application they need to become qualified and employable.

Courses are taught by instructors who are AWS Certified Welding Inspectors & Educators with years of experience in the Welding & Fabricating Industry.   They are some of the most skillful and experienced professionals in the industry and provide real world, hands on training and expertise that will fully prepare their students to be successful.

The student’s classroom time will begin with a focus on welding fundamentals to include safety, equipment used for the various welding processes, and electrical principles related to welding. The student will receive training in classes such as blueprint reading, applied welder mathematics and the integration of these disciplines in welding and fabrication. Each welding process will be covered in depth using a combination of textbooks, media, and visual aids to ensure the student comprehends the instruction and requirements in the lab.

Students complete 760 clock hours of real world, project– based training focused on practical theory and hands-on training in a state-of-the art fully equipped welding facility.

The Comprehensive Industrial Welding Program laboratory totals over 26, 000 square feet of instructional space containing 36 Lincoln Electric Welding Power Sources, 36 Welding Stations, Oxygen Fuel Welding and Line Burners, Grinding Equipment, Resistance Welding Work Stations, Submerged Arc Welding Work Station, Tensile and Guided Bend Testing Equipment, Shears, Band Saws, Press Brakes, Automated Welding equipment including a Lincoln Electric eCell Robotic Welding System, a Mechanized Plasma Cutting Table and a Torchmate 4400 CNC Plasma Cutting Table.  Students will gain experience operating and practicing on industry standard equipment as well as some of the newest technology in the welding industry.

Graduates of IAI will receive a industry recognized certificate of completion as well as opportunity to have specific welder qualifications test records registered through the American Welding Society (AWS) – Certified Welder Program. Additionally,  students will perform their welding qualification testing at our Accredited Test Facility in accordance with the appropriate industry codes (AWS, ASME). Upon successful completion of the course and the welding qualification tests, the student will receive a welder’s qualification record reflecting the parameters for which they are qualified to weld. 

CIW Students will be trained in Basic & Advanced Blueprint Reading, Shop Math and Welding Process with the potential to achieve numerous AWS welder qualifications in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)- in all positions 1G (flat) – 4G (overhead) & develop Pipe Welding skills utilizing ASME section IX standards ;  2G & 5G or 6G. Welding automation and CNC Plasma operations will also be offered to students interested in these areas.

Industrial Arts Institute/North Central Michigan College Partnership

Welding: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

Industrial Arts Institute (IAI) and North Central Michigan College are proud to announce a new Associate Degree program at North Central in welding. This program is designed to prepare individuals for various careers in welding. The technical skills coursework including Basic Welding ,Comprehensive Industrial Welding, Introduction to Blue Print Reading and Fabricating will be completed at the Industrial Arts Institute Complex in Onaway. The general education and a part of the remaining technical skills coursework will be completed at a North Central Michigan College campus.

IAI Contact Person

Tammi Ward (989) 733-4369 tward@iaiworks.com

North Central Michigan College Contact Person

Virginia Panoff (231) 348-6698 vpanoff@ncmich.edu

IAI / North Central Associates of Welding Student Enrollment Steps:

  • Complete Application for BOTH the Industrial Arts Institute Basic Welding AND CIW100 courses online.
  • Apply to North Central Michigan College’s Associate of Welding program.
  • Complete your FAFSA using North Central’s Federal Code – 002299
  • Each Semester that you are enrolled at IAI:
    – You must contact Virginia Panoff at the North Central Financial Aid Office to update and sign the Student Contractual Agreement Authorization Form
    – North Central will calculate your financial aid for the semester based upon your concurrent enrollment at North Central and IAI
    – Financial Aid for students enrolled with IAI will be provided for the North Central Fall and Winter semesters only:
    Fall Semester Dates = September – December
    Winter Semester Dates = January – May
    – Students that are using their financial aide funds to pay their balance at IAI will be responsible for paying IAI directly with these funds. North Central does not send any of your aide funds to IAI on your behalf.