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Dahmes Stainless, Inc., located in New London is excited to invite motivated students to join our 12-week manufacturing apprenticeship program to increase their knowledge and skills in the manufacturing industry. 


Begin your career by working alongside other experienced welders to transform sheets of stainless steel
into complex drying systems for our customers across the US and Canada, and gain a general understanding of important life skills to support you in achieving a successful career. 

Do you have an interest in welding and are you looking to gain work experience this summer?

who should apply

Students with an interest in the manufacturing industry, particularly welding are encouraged to apply. We'd like you to be​:​

  • authentic

  • pioneering

  • committed

  • self-motivated

  • hard working

  • willing to learn

  • able to work with others

what it looks like

Up to five students will be selected to join this program for the summer of 2023. If chosen, students will be at the Dahmes' campus for instruction from 7:00am-12:00pm four days/week with optional afternoon hours*. Individuals will receive a competitive hourly rate with the potential to join our team at the close of the summer.

*Participants who successfully pass weld tests may have the opportunity to work additional hours (up to 40) at the discretion of the program instructors.

Week 1: June 5-8

  • Classroom: Dahmes Founding Story and R&D Center Tour

  • Classroom: General Shop Safety

  • Classroom: Welder/Grinder Safety

  • Hands-on: Intro to Stainless Steel

  • Hands-on: Intro to TIG Welding

Week 2: June 12-15

  • Classroom: General Safety Review & Assessment

  • Classroom: Teamwork

  • Hands-on: Machine Overview & Safety 

  • Hands-on: TIG Welding

Week 3: June 19-22

  • Classroom: Skills Review/Assessment

  • Hands-on: Machine Overview & Safety 

  • Classroom: How to Create a Personal Budget

  • Hands-on: TIG Welding

  • Hands-on: Box Competition

Week 4: June 26-29

  • Classroom: Project Management 101

  • Classroom: How to Advance Your Career 

  • Hands on: Machine Overview & Safety

  • Hands-on/Classroom: Intro to MIG Welding

Week 5: July 3-6

  • Classroom: Basic Geometry/Math/Measuring

  • Hands-on: TIG/MIG Welding

  • Classroom: Part Numbering/Shop Packets 

  • Classroom/Hands-on: Grinder Safety Review and Grinding & Polishing 

  • Classroom: Utilizing Your Strengths 

  • Hands-on: Weld Test Competition

Week 6: July 10-13

  • Classroom: Process Engineering

  • Classroom: How to Set Goals & Achieve Them

  • Classroom: Reading Blueprints

  • Hands-on: TIG/MIG/Purge Welding

Week 7: July 17-20

  • Classroom: Expectations & Punctuality 

  • Hands-on: Role Shadowing

  • Hands-on: MIG/TIG/Purge Welding

  • Hands-on: Begin Top Hat Project 

Week 8: July 24-27

  • Classroom: Interview Skills 

  • Classroom: Communication 

  • Hands-on: Role Shadowing

  • Hands-on: TIG/Mig Welding 

  • Hands-on: Top Hat Project

  • Final Project: Personal Firepit - Design

Week 9: July 31 - August 3

  • Classroom: Communication Skills

  • Hans-on: Final Project – Personal Firepit 

  • Hands-on: TIG/MIG/Purge Welding

  • Classroom: Rigging 101 

Week 10: August 7-10

  • Classroom: Importance of Sleep 

  • Classroom: Retirement and How to Make Money Work For You 

  • Hans-on: Final Project – Personal Firepit 

  • Hands-on: TIG/MIG/Purge Welding

  • Hands-on: Role Shadowing

  • Classroom: Healthy Communication Skills in the Workplace 

Week 11: August 14-17

  • Hands-on: Mig/Tig/Purge Welding 

  • Hands-on: Role Shadowing

  • Final Project: Finalize Personal Firepit 

  • Graduation

Week 12 (Flexible): August 21-24

  • Hands-on: Role Shadowing

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Applicants must be at least 16 years of age. Steel toe boots required for all time in shop ($75 allowance will be provided); all other tools and supplies will be supplied by DSI.

how to apply

Applications for the 2023 class are due April 17, 2023. Interviews will be held April 24-28, 2023. Students will be notified May 1st on their status, those selected will be sent additional information.


If you have questions, contact Jeremy Peterson at or 320.354.1595

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