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M-TEC at Kirtland-Gaylord Partners to Offer Welding Training

Free Welding Training Funded by Michigan Works!

The M-TEC at Kirtland-Gaylord will partner with Petoskey Michigan Works! and North Central Michigan College to offer high-demand welding training to eligible individuals using Kirtland’s Mobile Welding Lab.  This training program is organized by the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments and will give people an opportunity to receive free training in gas metal arc welding (GMAW), specifically metal inert gas (MIG) welding.

Welding is a high-pay skilled trade that is in demand by local employers. The training is being provided by the M-TEC at Kirtland-Gaylord and North Central Michigan College. A mandatory orientation session for the training is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Petoskey Michigan Works! Service Center, 2225 Summit Park Drive.

The training has a value of more than $6,000 and will be provided for eight individuals who are eligible for Michigan Works! funding (available through federal workforce training funds).  Successful graduates of the program will receive a certificate of completion and will be tested for an American Welding Society Certification in vertical MIG (an industry-recognized standard).

The training will be offered May 21 through June 30. The first week of training will take place at North Central Michigan College. The remaining training will be held in the M-TEC’s Mobile Welding Lab, at a location most suitable to enrolled students.

To register for the orientation session, call the Petoskey Michigan Works! Service Center at (231) 347-5150 by Tuesday, April 24.

For more information on the welding, fabrication and other skilled trades courses offered at the M-TEC at Kirtland-Gaylord, e-mail or call 989-705-3600, or visit our website at