Negaunee Welding

Class location

Negaunee High School
500 W Arch St
Negaunee, MI 49866

Instructors: Kevin Bell

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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
  • Shielded metal arc welding (stick)
  • Gas metal arc welding (wire feed / MIG)
  • Flux Cored arc welding (wire feed)
  • Gas tungsten arc welding (TIG)
  • Oxyacetylene torch cutting
  • Project layout and construction
  • Daily maintenance of shop and equipment
  • Employability skills

Students are required to complete welding and cutting operations, a required project and one project of their own choosing. Time in this class is split between lecture and hands-on activities. Students also receive an introduction to basic machining principles, including foundational work on the mill and lathe.

This class is typically available to students in grades 10 - 12.


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“My favorite part of the class would be TiG welding, definitely! It’s just really pretty and not a lot of people know how to do it. I’m also in the program at the college for the HSkids. I started doing welding [as a freshman] and I actually really love it!”

Kristen N., Negaunee HS
Welding Student

“One of the highlights of our program is that the kids are learning hands on skills that they’re going to be able to use out in the workforce.”

Kevin Bell, Negaunee HS
Welding Teacher

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 4

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

Students welding and grinding
Student talking about class
Student watching another student grind metal
Student welding

What to do next?

Instructors: Kevin Bell

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