Welding & Fabrication

Welding & Fabrication
Tuscola Technology Center, 1401 Cleaver Road, Caro, MI 48723


Instructor: Tim Loney
Ph:989.673.5300, ext. 30449
Email:tloney@tuscolaisd.org


  • Program Information
  • Special Class Features & Certifications
  • College Credit/Articulation
  • Career Pathways
  • Student Organizations & Competitions
  • Colleges To Consider
  • Work Placement Opportunities
  • Advisory Committees

Program Information

Welding is a leader of today's high tech approach to manufacturing. Students will have the opportunity to learn and gain expertise in all types of welding processes including: plastic welding, wire welding, plasma cutting, welding torches, and mig, tig and arc welding.

 

Special Class Features and Certifications

 

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Students have the opportunity to obtain the American Welding Certification. This certification is acknowledged by the State of Michigan as a State welding certification.
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The Tuscola Technology Center is an authorized testing center for I-CAR welding certification. This welding certification is used in the automobile welding repair industry.

Student Organizations & Competitions

Students have the opportunity to become members in the following organizations:

  • SkillsUSA allows students to demonstrate their occupational and leadership skills. Students have the opportunity to attend and compete at three levels:regional, state, and national
  • MITES (Michigan Industrial and Technology Education Society) encourages and recognizes fine craftsmanship in the field of industry, technology, and career and technical education in the State of Michigan. Students have the opportunity to attend and compete at two levels: regional and state.
  • Delta Skill Day competition awards students with scholarships to Delta College in addition to special recognition for their accomplishments.

To learn more visit Student Organizations.

Career Pathways
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There are numerous careers available to students who complete the welding program. Students can select from a wide variety of entry-level positions such as: welder's helper, thermal cutter, arc welder, mig welder, combination welder, self-employed business owner, and high-technology robotics.

Many colleges and trade schools offer further training toward more advanced careers in Welding and Fabricating.

College Credit and Articulation

One of the ways the Tuscola Technology Center is able to help students make the successful transition from high school to college is by offering articulated college credit. The technical skills and knowledge a student learns can save tuition fees, shorten the time a student spends in college and reduces the duplication of courses at the college level. To receive articulated credit a student needs good grades, good attendance and be able to demonstrate that they have the maturity to bypass the college level courses.

Students have the opportunity to earn seven college credits through Delta College. Currently the welding program is working toward articulating with Ferris State University. 

Colleges to Continue Welding & Fabrication
    • Alpena Community College
    • Delta College
    • Ferris State University
    • Henry Ford Community College
    • Kirtland Community College
    • Lansing Community College
    • Michigan State University
    • Michigan Tech
    • Mott Community College
    • Northern Michigan University
    • Oakland Community College
    • St. Clair Community College
    • University of Michigan
    • Washtenaw Community College 
Work Placement Opportunities

Work experience and internships in area businesses are a highlight of this program. Second year students are given an opportunity to complete co-op experiences. Students have the opportunity to have co-op experiences with such businesses as:Weber Steel, Loudon Steel, LaFave Steel, Kuhl Construction,andKemp Tiling Company. 

Advisory Committees

The Tuscola Technology Center is fortunate to have community and business leaders involved in the success of our students.

The committee members are professionals in business and industry as well as counselors and teachers from Tuscola County. Their input is vital in assuring that our students receive industry standard instruction in their field of study.