KIRKWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE - LINN COUNTY REGIONAL CENTER

Advanced Manufacturing & Welding Career Academy

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Experience
Fast-paced, highly technical environment that blends hands-on skill development in a variety of areas to offer students a competitive edge in today’s workforce. A great next step for PLTW students!

Outcome
Students learn basic AutoCAD operations, general machine setup, basic blueprint reading and math skills, as well as computer-based and hands-on training in code writing and CNC machine setup and operations.

Career Focus
Immediate entry-level employment opportunities, prepared for additional college training in today’s high demand, high skill, high wage, advanced manufacturing or related fields.

Determine your interest in the advanced manufacturing field, build professional networking relationships.

College Credits Earned: 17 College Credits

Certification Opportunities 
Three National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and industry recognized welding certifications.

The Kirkwood Advanced Manufacturing & Welding Academy can lead students to college certificates, diplomas, associate, bachelor's and graduate degrees. Examples of college majors include, but are not limited to: CAD/Mechanical Engineering Technology, CNC Machining Technology, Welding, Manufacturing Technology and Industrial Engineering. If you’re planning to transfer to a four-year college or university after attending Kirkwood, specific transfer information can be found at
http://www.kirkwood.edu/fouryeartransfer.

Iowa average salaries in advanced manufacturing careers
Machinist: $17.19/hour, $36,010
Welder: $16.22/hour, $34,360
CNC Machine Programmer: $21.98/hour, $45,030
More info can be found at: www.bls.gov


College Credit Courses
Courses subject to change based on college curriculum.

FALL

MFG-291 | CNC Mill Operator (NIMS) | 3 credits (8 weeks)
Introduces basic milling operations. Covers manual and CNC milling practices, tooling, machining practices and applied mathematics. Emphasizes teamwork, critical thinking and problem solving through hands-on experience and practical applications. This course aligns with NIMS (National Institute of Metalworking Skills) standards. Credits: 3, Hours: (2/2/0/0), Prereq: none; Coreq: none; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

MFG-292 | CNC Lathe Operator (NIMS) | 3 credits (8 weeks)
Introduces basic lathe operations. Covers manual and CNC lathe turning practices, tooling, machining practices and applied mathematics. Emphasizes teamwork, critical thinking and problem solving through hands-on experience and practical applications. This course aligns with NIMS (National Institute of Metalworking Skills) standards. Credits: 3, Hours: (2/2/0/0), Prereq: none; Coreq: none; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

WEL-228 | Introduction to Welding, Safety & Health of Welders | 1 college credit
This course will cover the basics of safety and health within the welding profession and orientation to the occupation. This course aligns to SENSE Level 1, Module 1: Occupational Orientation and Module 2: Safety and Health of Workers. Credits: 1, Hours: (1/0/0/0), Prereq: none; Coreq: none; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

WEL-153 | Virtual Reality Information | 1 college credits
Demonstrates various techniques using the Lincoln VTECH, Virtual Reality Welder. Applies correct techniques and practices used in welding processes. Credits: 1, Hours: (1/0/0/0), Prereq: none; Coreq: none; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

WEL-244 | Gas Metal Arc Welding Short Circuit Transfer | 2 college credits
Focuses on proper weld safety, machine setup and welding techniques of Gas Metal Arc Welding Short-Circuiting Transfer. Students perform American Welding Society compliant welds on carbon steel, in flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions. This course will prepare students to take an AWS welder certification test, which is recommended for its successful completion. This course aligns with SENSE Level 1 Module 5: Gas Metal Arc Welding Key Indicators 1-7. Also aligns to SENSE Level 3, Drawing and Welding Symbol Interpretation, Key Indicator 3. Credits: 2, Hours: (1/2/0/0), Prereq: WEL-228; Coreq: none; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

SPRING

MFG-287 | Manual Press Brake Operations (NIMS) | 3 credits
Introduces basic lathe operations. Covers manual hydraulic down-acting press brake practice, tooling, bending principles and applied mathematics. Emphasizes teamwork, critical thinking and problem solving through hands-on experience and practical applications. This course aligns with NIMS (National Institute of Metalworking Skills) standards. Credits: 3, Hours: (2/2/0/0), Prereq: MFG-259, MFG-286; Coreq: none; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

WEL-245 | Gas Metal Arc Welding Spray Transfer | 2 college credits
Focuses on proper weld safety, machine setup and welding techniques of Gas Metal Arc Welding Spray Transfer. Students perform American Welding Society compliant welds on carbon steel in flat and horizontal positions. This course will prepare students to take an AWS welder certification test, which is recommended for its successful completion. It aligns with SENSE Level 1 Module 5 Key Indicators 1, 2, and 8-12. Also aligns to SENSE Level 3, Drawing and Welding Symbol Interpretation, Key Indicator 3. Credits: 2, Hours: (1/2/0/0), Prereq: WEL-228; Coreq: none; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B 
 
WEL-251 | Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) for Carbon Steel | 2 college credits
Focuses on proper weld safety, machine setup and welding techniques for Gas Tungsten Arc Welding. Students perform American Welding Society compliant welds on carbon steel in the flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions. This course will prepare students to take an AWS welder certification test, which is recommended for successful completion of this course. This course aligns to SENSE Level 1, Module 7 - Key Indicators 1-7, as well as Module 2-Key Indicator 7, Module 3-Key Indicator 3, and Module 9-Key Indicator 2. Credits: 2, Hours: (1/2/0/0), Prereq: WEL-228; Coreq: none; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Need to Know

Students must be available for 2.5 hours for the entire academic year to enroll in this program. 8:30-10:30 a.m. or 12:30-3 p.m.  

Students receive credit from their high school and college credit from Kirkwood. The high school district pays for the college tuition.

The grade earned in this course is reflected on the student’s official college transcript. Students not planning to attend Kirkwood after high school graduation should plan to include this transcript as part of the application process to other colleges or universities. www.kirkwood.edu/transcript

As part of earning college credit for this academy, students must complete an online application to Kirkwood Community College to create the official student record.

Student textbook and tools are provided on the first day of class.

To ensure a safe learning environment, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) during certain lab activities in your academy experience is an important priority. Specific items like safety glasses, welding helmets, gloves, ear protection, etc. will be provided by Kirkwood as part of your experience; however, there will be certain activities that will require you to wear steel toe shoes, pants and long-sleeve shirts. Additional information will be provided by your instructor during the first week of class.

How to Get Started
Talk to your parents and your school counselor.

Go to www.kirkwood.edu/hscreditapply.