Welding & Machining Technology

Program Description

The Welding & Machining Technology program offers students the opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of metal forming technology through precision metal machining and welding processes. The technical skills that are learned/used throughout the 2 year program include precision measuring, applied math, safety procedures, print reading, technical communication, employability skills and the importance of being a team player when working with others. These skills, along with the actual operation and use of the machines, are designed to help the student advance in their professional lives after graduation. Students will have the chance to become proficient in many different areas of welding including: SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, FCAW, OXY-FUEL and various cutting processes.  Other essential industrial and manufacturing skills taught are fabrication, manual lathe, CNC machining, surface grinding, manual milling, troubleshooting and problem solving. There is an opportunity for students to gain employment at local businesses through the school’s co-op program.  In addition there are also opportunities to participate in SKILLSUSA, Delta Technical Solutions competition and an end of the year Ferris State Welding competition. These are a great way for students to meet other students from all over the state (or nation at Nationals) that are pursuing a similar career path as themselves. It is a great introduction to industry and shows the students that even under pressure, they can still perform the task at hand.  This program offers AWS industry welder certification testing to students that are prepared to take the test.  Our program is a wonderful introduction into industry and will prepare the students for either transferring to a trade school/college or for entry level positions in shops upon graduation.   



Related Professions

Welding engineer
Manufacturing engineer
CNC programmer

Possible Certifications

AWS – American Welding Society
CareerSafe - OSHA


Delta Community College
Ferris State University
Mott Community College
Delta Community College
St. Clair Community College


Skills USA machining and welding competitions: Two 2 students (Imlay City and North Branch) made it to States for overall and oxy-fuel welding.

Five students competed at the Ferris State welding competition: 1 senior from Imlay came in 4th place  

Seven students participated in Co-op jobs this year, the seniors’ jobs turned into full time employment after graduation.

Three juniors are getting summer jobs in the field after this next week.


  • Work-based Learning
    • Six 2nd year students logged in a total of 2181.4 hours in work based learning
    • Worked at five different manufacturing companies located throughout Lapeer County
  • Online Safety Training
    • 92% of twenty-five 1st year students successfully completed and were OSHA certified
  • Certifications
    • Three students tested in four different AWS welding certifications
      • two students were able to pass three of the performance tests
      • awarded AWS industry welders' certifications.
  • SkillsUSA
    • Thirteen students compete at the Regional level
    •  seven qualified for state level competition
      • §our team brought home the 3rd Place Bronze medal in welding fabrication
        • Jacob Dzieszkowski
        • Blake Hoeksema
        • Dakota Steele
  • American Welding Society Competition
    • Three 2nd year students traveled to Washtenaw Community College
    • Out of 56 total students from around the state, two placed in the top ten.
  • Community Service
    • Led the community service project along with other programs
    • Raised more than $1000 worth of items and goods to send overseas to our soldiers
  • Future Plans
    • 19 graduating seniors,
      • §one is joining the armed services,
      • ten are pursing post-secondary education,
      • Eight are pursing jobs in the welding and machining trades.
  • Field Trips
    • Ford F150 truck assembly plant in Dearborn
    • DakKota Integrated, located in Auburn Hills, during Manufacturing Day

2014-15 Accomplishments

2011-12 Accomplishments


2018-19 Promotional Video



Teacher: Cathleen McNally
Email: cmcnally@lapeerisd.org 

(810) 664-1124 ext. 4150
Paraprofessional: Dean Russell
Email: lrussell@lapeerisd.org

(810) 664-1124 ext. 4150