NEW starting in January 2022!

A new after-hours Welding Skills Lab is being offered to participants of all ages interested in developing their welding skills to enhance a current career – or start a new one! The need for welders throughout the region, state and country remains high. These skills will set you on a path to success!


About the Welding Skills Lab

Begins Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022
Every Monday and Thursday for 15 weeks | 4 to 6 p.m.

› Class location: East Jordan High School Welding Lab.

› Instructor: David Muladore, EJ High School Welding teacher.

› Open to anyone, professional or hobbyist.

› Upon successful completion, earn AWS Level 1, 2 or 3 certifications.

› Cost of $1,200 includes all supplies and instruction; scholarships available through Northwest Michigan Works! Private pay available.

Registration deadline is Jan. 7, 2022. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please contact Corey Busch, Northwest Michigan Works!, at (231) 492-8207 or email

Registration opens Dec. 20, 2021


When is payment due? Payment is due by Jan. 7, 2021, to reserve your space in the program.

Are scholarships available?  Yes, scholarships are available. Contact  Corey Busch, Northwest Michigan Works! at  or (231) 492-8207. 

Where do we send payment? Payment can be made via check to East Jordan Public Schools.

Are there age limitations on who can enroll? The program is open to anyone over age 16. 

Do I need to be a professional welder to enroll? No, the program is open to professional and hobby welders! While the emphasis is on workforce development, there are no restrictions on how can enroll. No experience is necessary. 

Who is coordinating this program? The Welding Skills Lab is a partnership of Char-Em ISD Career and Technical Education, Northwestern Michigan College, Northwest Michigan Works, and East Jordan Public Schools.

Will participants earn any credentials? Yes, upon successful completion of the program participants can receive AWS Level 1, 2 or 3. 

Who is the instructor? Dave Muladore has been welding for over 40 years. He owns his own welding business and is a certified welder. Muladore is also a Certified Welding Educator; he teaches welding, a Career and Technical Education course, at East Jordan High School. Prior, he taught welding and material science at M-Tec in Gaylord for 17 years. He noted that participants in the new Welding Skills Lab will get a first-hand feel for the different welding processes and basic fabrication skills. Students will learn shop safety along with an understanding of level one welding processes which include O.A.W., G.M.A.W., S.M.A.W., F.C.A.W, and G.T.A.W. along with fabricating equipment such as sawing, shear, roller, grinding, plasma cutting and drilling.

Who should I contact with questions? Questions can be directed to Corey Busch, at  or (231) 492-8207, Dave Muladore at, or send an email to


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