High School Welding at NMU’s Jacobetti Complex

Open to all 11th & 12th graders in Marquette & Alger Counties

Class location

NMU's Jacobetti Complex
2296 Sugar Loaf Ave
Marquette, MI 49855

Instructors: Kirk Guckenberg, Joe Bicigo

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Career Focus

Prepared for immediate employment, apprenticeship opportunities, advanced certifications, and further education


The welding program prepares students for entry level job skills in the welding field or participation in a community or technical college program. The instructional format is “self-paced,” allowing students to progress at their own speed.

Instruction is provided in:

  • Safety
  • Cutting and bending steel
  • Flat, vertical and overhead welding positions
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding SMAW (stick)
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding GMAW (Metal Inert Gas (MIG) (wire feed)
  • Gas Shielded Flux Cored Arc Welding GS-FCAW (wire feed)
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding GTAW (Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG)
  • Oxyacetylene torch cutting
  • Project layout and construction
    • Blueprint reading
    • Precision measurement
    • Position, align, and secure parts and configurations prior to assembly
    • Use straightedges, combination squares, calipers and rulers
    • Examine work pieces for defects
    • Measure work pieces with straightedges or templates
    • Ensure conformance with specifications
    • Recognize, set up, and operate hand and power tools common to welding
  • Steel identification
  • Fabrication techniques
  • Daily maintenance of shop and equipment
  • Employability skills
  • Air-carbon arc cutting process
  • Joining of high-strength low-alloyed steels
  • Basic machining principles / foundational work on the mill and lathe

Students are required to complete one required project and one project of their own choosing. Students will learn how to appropriately and effectively respond to community needs through community welding projects. Students will communicate with individuals, plan and fabricate metal projects, and be evaluated on their work and professionalism.

Time in this class is split between lecture and hands-on activities.

This class is typically available to students in grades 11 - 12.

Students attend class made up of other Marquette and Alger County high school & homeschool students at NMU’s Jacobetti Complex from 12:21 - 2:21.

Prerequisites: None (unless assigned by local district)


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“I really like welding. Once I started I just fell in love with it. It's just a great opportunity to get started on your career early. It's definitely worth it. I'm learning a lot. It's free. So it's just so worth it!”

Mikala, Munising High School

How to Get Started

High School Credit

Students should inquire within their guidance office about high school curriculum requirements that may be satisfied through a CTE class, as this is determined individually by school district.

College Credit

College credit(s) possible

  • Students can earn up to 11 college credits from NMU
  • Students must earn a grade of 90% or better and be recommended by the instructor
  • Each college reserves the right to set its own credit-granting policy
  • Contact your college(s) to find out the score it requires to grant credit, the number of credit hours granted, and the course(s) that can be bypassed with a satisfactory score

NMU courses satisfied:

WD 140 - Intro to Welding - NMU Credits Granted 4

WD 180 - Multi-Positional Welding - NMU Credits Granted 3

IM 110 - Industrial Measurement & Fabrication- NMU Credits Granted 3

National College Credit Recommendation (Test required)

  • Students have the potential of earning college credits by scoring 70% or better on the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) assessment for Welding
  • Test is administered in the classroom during mid-spring semester
  • Over 1,500 colleges and universities accept NOCTI credit recommendations

Industry Certification

Industry-recognized Certification

  • 10-hour OSHA General Industry Safety Certificate*
  • American Welding Society (AWS) certifications are pending availability of certified examiner*

*Credentials are nationally recognized, portable and stackable, which means students have the option of attaining more advanced credentials in the future

Success Story

Photo Gallery

Welding student in shop
Student welding
Student welding
Student grinding metal

What to do next?

Instructors: Kirk Guckenberg, Joe Bicigo

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