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      Onaway business opens welding school to fill job demands

      Welding jobs in high demand.

      With a growing need in manufacturing, welding has become one of the most in demand jobs in the country.

      To keep up with the demand and quality of work required from their clients, Moran Iron Works spent more than $1 million to open the Industrial Arts Institute.

      "We can produce more product, we just don't have enough employees to do that," said the industrial arts institute interim-executive director Marilyn Moran.

      Moran Iron Works has more than 30 job openings they need filled.

      The institute takes the hands-on approach by utilizing an interactive classroom and 24 welding-stations to teach new students fabrication welding.

      The head instructor Mike Mehan said the welding course will turn regular welders into a craftsman.

      "The average student at this school will take more qualification tests than most welders take their whole career," said Mehan.

      Qualifications that will not only help welders get jobs, but also support the economy.

      "We see this as an economic driver for the community," said Moran. "It also helps us to hire more people, provide more jobs and feed more families in the area."

      The median income of an industrial welder is $44,000 per year.

      The 15-week course has 24 students with 12 seats still available.

      Classes start august 4th.