Welding & Machining Technology

Program Description

The Welding & Machining Technology program offers students the opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of metal forming technology through precision metal machining and arc welding. Students advance in life training through Applied math, technical communication, employability skills and teamwork. Technical skills are presented in precision measuring, blueprint reading, safety, torch cutting. Students become proficient in various welding processes such as MIG, TIG, gas and other arc welding processes. Other essential industrial and manufacturing skills taught are fabrication, manual lathe, CNC machining, surface grinding, manual milling, troubleshooting & problem solving. There is opportunity for work co-op in local private industry and exciting student competition through Skills USA and MITES, the Michigan Industrial and Technology Education Society. Competitions are fun, increase motivation and are a great opportunity to get ready for industry .This program also offers AWS, the American Welding Society, industry welder’s certification testing. Certification distinguishes the student and makes them more marketable in the industry. Our program offers a great jump-start to further education with a future in many industrial fields as well as preparing students for entry level positions upon graduation.
The Welding & Machining Technology program visited a local manufacturing facility in Lapeer on Thursday November 1st. Both Am & Pm class had an opportunity to walk through and introduced to Energy Steel & Supply, located on John Conley Drive. Neil Lake and Randy Lee, both Operations Managers were incredible and extremely formative hosts to our students. They opened their doors, welcomed our students into their plant, walked us through their facility, and explained the different welding, fabrication, machining, quality and everything that is involved with their daily operation. Energy Steel & Supply Co. was founded in 1982 with the single objective of providing the nuclear industry with the absolute best in terms of quality products and services. Our students and staff are extremely grateful to Energy Steel and all their staff for this great opportunity.



Related Professions

Welding engineer
Manufacturing engineer
CNC programmer
MIG or TIG welder

Possible Certifications

AWS – American Welding Society
CareerSafe - OSHA


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

Past Events


  • 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





Teacher: Cathleen McNally
Email: cmcnally@lapeerisd.org 

(810)664-1124 ext. 4150
Paraprofessional: Kyle Strohm
Email: kstrohm@lapeerisd.org

(810)664-1124 ext. 4150

Paraprofessional: Dean Russell
Email: lrussell@lapeerisd.org

(810)664-1124 ext. 4150