Energy, Manufacturing, Transportation and Construction

Our newly redesigned, state-of-the-art laboratories give you the hands-on, real world experience you need for many high-demand careers.

Our programs last anywhere from nine months to two years, depending on the type of degree you’re pursuing, which means you can learn your skills and enter the workforce quickly.

Kirkwood is designated as one of only 45 Toyota T-TEN (Technician Training Education Network) schools in the nation and the only such school in Iowa. Kirkwood partnered with Snap-on tools to become one of only 18 certification training centers in the nation, as well as partnering with the Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Contractors Association to develop curriculum.

Energy, Manufacturing, Transportation and Construction
 

Plus, we have scholarships for everyone, including more than 30 individual scholarships just for students in industrial technology-related programs.

By filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you may be qualified to receive the Kibbie Grant from the state of Iowa. For a list of eligible programs, go to www.kirkwood.edu/onestop, click “All About Financial Aid” then click “Kibbie Grant.”



 
Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Technologies

Advanced Manufacturing and Robotics Technologies
2-year AAS degree
Potential Careers: Precision metal fabricator, autoCAD designer, robotic welding operator

Create next generation spacecraft or build a one-of-a-kind renewable energy system – Kirkwood’s unique and challenging program could earn you an exciting and high demand career in advanced manufacturing. By blending engineering, computerized machining and fabrication, robotics welding and quality assurance into one program, you’re earning a flexible degree with many options.

Graduates of this program can go on to complete a four-year degree at UNI.



 
Automation and Instrumentation Technologies

Automation and Instrumentation Technologies
2-year AAS degree
Potential Careers: Industry robotics, factory automation

Prepare yourself for a broad range of careers in the industrial automation and processor control sector of the industry through industry-guided curriculum and hands-on labs.  As a graduate of this program, you’ll have experience in a broad range of technologies and processes that ensure you are well-rounded technically and have the foundational knowledge and versatile skill set necessary to continue to learn and succeed in industry today.



 
Automotive Collision Repair

Automotive Collision Repair
1-year diploma
Potential Careers: Collision repair specialist, claims adjuster

Learn how to restore a damaged vehicle to “like new” condition, from start to finish. Analyze, repair, replace and refinish damaged panels and vehicles in our state-of-the-art facility.

Graduates of this program can go on to complete a four-year degree at UNI.



 
Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology
2-year AAS degree
Potential Careers: Automotive technician, service writer

Learn the latest theory, diagnostics and repair of today’s automotive industry, plus become a Toyota/Lexus and Snap-on certified technician.

 

 
Architectural Technology

Architectural Technology
2-year AAS degree
Potential Careers: CAD technician, designer

Prepare for a career as a CAD technician in an architect’s or engineer’s office. You’ll use a variety of CAD programs to prepare architectural drawings for residential and commercial buildings, learn to sketch freehand, read blueprints, and use surveying and construction tools.

Graduates of this program can go on to complete a four-year degree at UNI.



 
CAD/Mechanical Engineering Technology

CAD/Mechanical Engineering Technology
2-year AAS degree
Potential Careers: Engineering technician, CAD operator

Hit the ground running with employable skills and the potential to advance to designer status in mechanical engineering. Learn the fundamentals of mechanical engineering and three popular CAD software packages. Good algebra and basic problem solving skills are a prerequisite to our program.

Graduates of this program can go on to complete a four-year degree at UNI.



 
Carpentry

Carpentry
9-month diploma
Potential Careers: Residential or commercial carpenter

Get an intensive hands-on introduction to the skills used by carpenters. The classroom experience combines lecture and lab activities that cover all aspects of a carpenter’s job. After you complete this program, you can continue your education and earn an AAS degree in our Construction Management program.



 
CNC Machining

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machining
2-year AAS degree
Potential Careers: CNC operator, tool and die maker

Modern manufacturing utilizes CNC machining to produce everything from automobiles to aircraft and other products used in our daily lives. You will learn how to operate high-tech equipment such as lasers, milling machines and abrasive water-jets that are controlled with CNC.

Graduates of this program can go on to complete a four-year degree at UNI.



 
Construction Management

Construction Management
2-year AAS degree
Potential Careers: Project manager, construction estimator

Learn to lead a team in planning, executing and controlling construction projects. Build your future by learning practical management skills that apply to many different careers.

Graduates of this program can go on to complete a four-year degree at UNI.



 
Diesel Ag Technology

Diesel Ag Technology
2-year AAS degree
Potential Careers: Service technician, safety inspector

Prepare for entry-level employment or job advancement in fields related to the repair and maintenance of farm equipment and other diesel-powered heavy equipment.

 

 
Diesel Truck Technology

Diesel Truck Technology
17-month AAS degree
Potential Careers: Shop foreman, service manager

Find entry-level employment or job advancement in fields related to the repair and maintenance of diesel trucks and other diesel-powered equipment. This comprehensive program stresses skill development, theoretical knowledge, applications and leadership skills providing graduates with many options for employment.



 
Electronics Engineering Technology

Electronics Engineering Technology
2-year AAS degree
Potential Careers: Avionics technician, electronics test technician

Design, test, analyze, operate and troubleshoot complex electronic systems. Rockwell Collins, Skyworks Solutions and RF Micro Devices are three of the many local companies that employ graduates of this program.

Graduates of this program can go on to complete a four-year degree at UNI.



 
Energy Production and Distribution Technologies

Energy Production and Distribution Technologies
2-year AAS degree
Potential Careers: Windmill technician, boiler operator, boiler technician

Help power the future! You’ll learn about complex mechanical/electrical systems, including megawatt windmills, steam driven turbines and solar fields that turn sunlight into electricity.

Graduates of this program can go on to complete a four-year degree at UNI.



 
HVAC Installer

HVAC Installer
9-month diploma
Potential Careers: HVAC installer, sales and service

Prepare to enter the skilled trade of heating, ventilation and air conditioning installation. Focus on residential and light commercial equipment, installation procedures, code requirements, electrical applications and refrigerant handling procedures. This nine-month, hands-on program also includes system design and HVAC component operation.

Certifications: CFC Refrigerant Handling Certification, NCCER HVAC Level 1 Certification, NCCER Electrical
Level 1 Certification.



 
Industrial Maintenance Technology

Industrial Maintenance Technology
2-year AAS degree
Potential Careers: Maintenance technician, electrician

Get extensive training on electricity and electro mechanical devices such as motors, generators and transformers, as well as electrical wiring, basic electronics, refrigeration, air conditioning, computer applications and industrial hydraulics. 

Graduates of this program can go on to complete a four-year degree at UNI, or qualify for advanced placement in the apprenticeship program of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.



 
Plumbing Technology

Plumbing Technology
1-year diploma
Potential Careers: Plumbing installation, service technician

Get the skills you need to become a plumbing apprentice. Learn about piping materials, pipe joining methods, construction safety, plumbing system designs, installations and job site communications. 

The Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Contractors Association assisted the college in developing the curriculum to meet the needs of this challenging and rewarding career field.

 


 
Water Environmental Technology Online

Water Environmental Technology Online
2-year AAS degree
Potential Careers: Wastewater treatment

This two-year degree includes technical study in water/wastewater procedures, complemented by math, science, social science and humanities classes, as well as an internship.

Graduates of this program work in municipal water and wastewater treatment plants and the collection systems and distribution systems that serve them. Graduates may become certified in one of four grade levels depending on the size of the community served and the complexity of the treatment.

Graduates of this program can go on to complete a four-year degree at UNI.



 
Welding

Advanced Welding Technologies
2-year AAS degree  |  1 semester diploma
Potential Careers: Production welder, welding fabrication

Put into practice basic and advanced welding techniques as you build on high-demand fabrication skills. Graduates of this program can transfer to the University of Northern Iowa to pursue a bachelor of arts in technology management. Kirkwood became an American Welding Society Accredited Test Facility for certifying welder in March of 2014. 

Certificates: Shielded metal arc.



 
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