March 9 – Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium coordinated a Talent Tour of Moran Iron Works and the Industrial Arts Institute, both in Onaway, for thirteen Fairview students.
At Moran Iron Works, students toured the facility with overviews on the blasting, welding, and painting areas. They also viewed the current projects Moran is working on, including a large silo and a government contract project. Through the tour, Moran staff described the entry level jobs, how people move up in the company, and the opportunities available to those with credentials (Associates, certificates, etc.). They also discussed the types of customers they work with, including government, local energy agencies, local parks, and businesses. Students were interested in the wide variety of projects that Moran works on and the many types of roles that are involved in finishing a project.
At the Industrial Arts Institute, a welding school, the students toured the facility and learned more about the variety of programs available, the tuition costs and funding options available, the application process, the training timeline, and real-world career options after receiving credentials from IAI. Students were able to hear a brief presentation from local metal artists who worked on the projects at IAI and also the opportunity to explore some of the materials and equipment used, as well as view some of the projects currently being worked on. Students were impressed by one of the restoration projects, because the process was “secret” and no photos could be taken.
At the end of the tours, Michigan Works! staff discussed the programs and services available at Michigan Works! and also handed out information on Career Pathfinder.