Summer Camps at NMU

Career Exploration Summer Camps

Students will get hands-on experience exploring various careers in Skilled Trades and Engineering, including Crime Scene Investigation (CSI), Culinary Cuisine, Building Design & Construction, Automotive & Small Engine Repair, Welding, Engineering, Industrial Maintenance (Gears, Chains, and Cranes), Cosmetology, Fly Tying, and Cybersecurity Python Coding. *See all below

With half-day and full-day camp options available, students will get the opportunity to explore area's of interest with guidance and instruction from NMU faculty and other trained professionals from around the community.

Career Exploration Summer Camps Schedule

*Check back for more information about camps in summer of 2022

*Lunch is not provided at any event

For more information contact Continuing Education & Workforce Development at (906) 227-2103 

Summer camp photos

Summer camp photos


Careers in Skilled Trades and Engineering


During this 1/2 day session, students will get an opportunity to experiment with temporary hair color, create bobby pin art, learn the basics of braiding and hair extension and have the opportunity to design at a nail art station.

Any students interested in the Cosmetology course will be required to provide a completed permission form for the temporary hair coloring.


Students will be provided an introduction to the world of welding with an emphasis on wire feed welding and plasma cutting. This camp is all about learning a new skill safely, while at the same time having fun doing so. Students will be shown how to safely turn molten metal into some very cool projects and work on a project they can take home with them. 

Building Design & Construction

Students will create a 3-dimensional virtual model of a structure using specialized software that they will in the afternoon construct in our woodshop and take home when completed.


In this three-day camp, students will explore engineering from building bridges to electronic games. Students will be introduced to a wide range of engineering activities with constant hands-on applications. Perfect for any student interested in how things work or learning to build their own creations.

Industrial Maintenance Camp (Gears, Chains, & Cranes)

In this camp, students will learn how things are made by machines in an industrial setting, how to use some of the basic tools that keep our machines going, and a little bit about the great careers that await young minds in the industrial production scene. Students will also learn how things are made by machines, how to use a dial indicator and laser alignment tool, and about careers in the industrial production scene.

Automotive & Small Engine Repair

Students will learn hand tool use, engine operation and construction and proper repair procedures.

Culinary Cuisine

Students will be taught the basics of cooking while preparing, cooking, and eating different dishes throughout the day. This camp is a full day.

Crime Scene Investigation (CSI)

This camp will explore the world of police forensics. The students will work on a mock crime scene, collect evidence and try to solve the case.

Fly Tying

During these 1/2 day sessions, members of the local Trout Unlimited Chapter will teach students the basics of fly fishing, fly tying, and basic stream entomology. Students will receive hands-on instruction on tying basic flies, practice their casting skills, and learn basic stages of stream insect life. All equipment and materials will be provided and no prior experience with fishing or fly tying is required. Students may sign up for one or all of the 1/2 days sessions.

Cybersecurity Python Coding

During these 1/2 day sessions, students will get a chance to learn basic and intermediate Python program skills using interactive inventor kits and pi-top computers donated by Cisco. Students will start with the basics of working with a Python interpreter and then progress to making multiple projects come to life on a connected prototyping board utilizing LED lights, buzzers, ultrasonic sensors, and more. Students may sign up for one or all of the 1/2 day sessions.