Collaboration. Fabrication. Installation. These three words are the building blocks of success in many industries, and recently three of Mid Michigan College’s Skilled Trades Programs put these words into practice.

Mid’s Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD), Welding, and Advanced Integrated Manufacturing (AIM) programs collaborated on a project to install a metal version of Mid’s logo on a classroom wall.

CADD students created fabrication drawings of the M portion of the logo. Welding students then cut the M shapes out of metal in their lab. And finally, AIM students created custom mounting brackets.

The project also involved collaboration with the Strategic Communications department, the keepers of Mid’s brand, and the Facilities department, who coordinated having the piece powder coated and mounted the project to the classroom wall.

“This project illustrates the flexibility, creativity, and dynamic learning experience students can expect when they choose to study in the Skilled Trades at Mid,” noted Shawn Troy, Dean of Career & Workforce Education at Mid. “Faculty members, students, and staff all went above and beyond to get this project completed, and it turned out fantastic!”
“Students really got involved in this project and were excited to see it progress from schematic drawing to raw metal and finally to finished piece on the wall of our learning space,” explained Eric Sander, CADD Instructor at Mid.

These programs, along with Automotive & Diesel Service, comprise Mid’s Skilled Trades programs, and feature several pathways to different credentials and specialties.

  • Computer Aided Drafting & Design 91% of students who have successfully completed the CADD Associate Degree Pathway have been hired as full-time professional CAD Designers or have transferred to a four-year college or university to pursue advanced degrees.
  • Welding NEW! Welding Pre-Apprentice Certificates are now available and allow you to build basic skills before entering an official apprenticeship at a local employer. The Pre-Apprentice Certificate Pathway can be customized for students ready to attend college and for those currently in high school.
  • Advanced Integrated Manufacturing The AIM Program features five pathways that allow you to specialize in automation and robotics, plastics technology, machine tool, welding, or manufacturing management.
  • Automotive & Diesel Service With a new automotive learning lab, two pathways, multiple industry-recognized certification milestones, and a recent graduate who now works as a Ferrari Technician, this program is top notch!

Mid Michigan College also offers Short-Term Training opportunities for Commercial Drivers Licensing, Drone Piloting, Drone Photo & Video, Electrical Apprentices, Precision Measurement, and Welding that take just weeks to complete and lead directly to meaningful careers in the local area.

Mid and MiWorks! have also partnered to offer a Trade Apprenticeship Readiness Certificate which provides students with the opportunity to earn 10 college credits toward a company’s apprenticeship program. The four college courses tuition and in some cases, wrap around services are funded through MiWorks!. Contact your local MiWorks! Northeast or MiWorks! Region 7B office to learn more about the funding opportunity.

Registration for the Fall Semester is currently underway at Mid and classes start August 31. Interested students can request additional information at, apply online at, or contact Admissions at or (989) 386-6661.

For more information about Mid’s Skilled Trades programs, visit or contact Dean Shawn Troy at or (989) 386-6658.

For more information about Short-Term Training, visit or contact the Technical Education Center at or (989) 386-6614.

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