October 24, 2023 - As part of manufacturing month, 26 students from Inland Lakes High School and four students from Mackinaw City High School toured Moran Iron Works and the Industrial Arts Institute.
The day began at Moran Iron Works with a brief presentation about what the company does before beginning a tour of the entire facility. Students were able to observe machines in use, welders working hard, and were amazed by the large overhead cranes capable of lifting up to 30 tons of material. Students were able to see the latest projects the Moran Iron Works crew is working on and had plenty of opportunity to ask questions, as well as see welding and fabrication in action.
Following Moran’s, the students traveled down the road to the Industrial Arts Institute. They were provided an introduction to what goes on at the school, learned how each cohort or class has a maximum of 24 students selected to participate, viewed student projects on display, and discussed the typical day of a student at the institute. Students then entered the lab area where they observed Industrial Arts Institute students at work, as well as viewing all the equipment and machines used to train students.
Those attending the tour were able to learn about all the different things welders do, how much they earn, and that there are many career pathways in the welding and fabrication world. Some students learned that welding isn’t for them, while others are now more interested in taking welding classes as they move forward in their schooling. Students were also introduced to the online Pathfinder career exploration tool.