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



Comprehensive Industrial Welding

Comprehensive Industrial Welding

Tuition includes a welding kit (passive welding helmet, 2 pairs of welding gloves, a welding jacket and textbooks).





COHORT 19- January 10 – May 20, 2022 – 8AM-4PM – Monday – Friday
COHORT 20- August 8 – December 16, 2022 – 8AM-4PM Monday – Friday
COHORT 21- January 16 – May 26, 2023 – 8AM-4PM Monday – Friday
COHORT 22- August 7–December 15, 2023 – 8AM-4PM Monday – Friday

Course Description

Comprehensive Industrial Welding is for the student who is looking to enter the welding and metal fabrication industry. 

This course provides 760 clock hours of employer-model, real-world welding and fabrication training provided by instructors with diverse industry experience.

Students spend 80% of their training in our welding lab.  Classroom experience is focused on learning welding fundamentals and building skills to be successful members of the workforce.  Our curriculum includes:

  • Welding technology and blueprint reading
  • Oxyacetylene cutting and brazing
  • Welder mathematics
  • Welding automation
  • Manual plasma cutting
  • Fabrication
  • CNC plasma cutting operations
  • Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW)
  • Gas metal arc welding (GMAW)
  • Flux cored arc welding (FCAW)
  • Gas Tungsten arc welding
  • Introduction to advanced pipe welding

During the course, students complete fabrication projects, allowing them to put their skills to practical use.  Students will have opportunities to earn numerous welder qualifications and Accredited Testing Facility (ATF) certifications in all welding processes using various metals including carbon steel, aluminium, and stainless steel.

Industrial Arts Institute/North Central Michigan College Partnership

Welding: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

Industrial Arts Institute and North Central Michigan College have formed a partnership to offer an Associate of Applied Sciences Degree in welding. This program prepares individuals for various careers in welding. 


Technical skills coursework includes basic welding, comprehensive welding, introduction to blueprint reading, and fabricating and is completed at the Industrial Arts Institute complex in Onaway.  General education and additional technical skills coursework is 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 aid 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 aid funds to IAI on your behalf.
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