Kirk Guckenberg

Assistant Professor of Technology and Occupational Sciences

Kirk Guckenberg began his career in education serving as a welding instructor for Marquette-Alger-RESA and as an NMU adjunct faculty member.  He joined the NMU welding program as a full-time faculty member in 2019. 

His industry experience includes working as a welder/fabricator, where he excelled in the fabrication and repair of components for the industrial, mining, and marine industries. His industry experience coupled with his formal education has been proven to prepare students for entering the workforce. Kirk played an integral role in the development and implementation of the Associate of Applied Science in Welding Technology. 

Kirk is an American Welding Society Certified Welding Educator (CWE) and Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) and carries out welder training, welder qualification testing, and related inspection duties for local industry, including Cleveland Cliffs Mining Company, Lundin Mining, PotlachDeltic, Northern Hardwoods (Longyear), and Louisiana Pacific. 

Courses Taught:

IM110:   Industrial Measurement and Fabrication

WD140: Introduction to Welding

WD244: Welding Inspection and Assessment

WD251: Introduction to Pipe Welding

WD252: Advanced Pipe Welding I

WD253: Introduction to Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

WD254: Advanced Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

WD255: Advanced Pipe Welding II

WD270: Weld Testing and Certification

WD280: Introduction to Fabrication

WD281: Advanced Fabrication


  • M.A.E. Educational Administration, Northern Michigan University
  • B.S. Industrial Technology Education, Northern Michigan University
  • A.A.S. Computer Numerical Control, Northern Michigan University
  • Certificate in Computer Numerical Control, Northern Michigan University
  • Certificate in Welding, Northern Michigan University
  • Certified Welder, American Welding Society 
  • Certified Welding Educator (CWE), American Welding Society
  • Certified Welding Inspector (CWI), American Welding Society
  • ACCP Level II Visual Inspection, American Society for Nondestructive Testing
  • Vocational Certification: Welding, Brazing, and Soldering, State of Michigan


Kirk Guckenberg, Assistant Professor