Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics Technologies

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Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics Technologies

Join a High-Demand Field

Gear up for an exciting career in advanced manufacturing, a high-demand field that includes product design, CNC machining and forming, production welding, and quality control.

Hands-on learning starts with the latest equipment and robot technology, including six heavy-payload robots and three robotic weld cells that you’ll learn to program and operate. Your instructors are passionate about the industry and work with industry partners to make sure they’re teaching the latest techniques on cutting-edge equipment.

You’ll also develop skills in several different disciplines, including robotics programming and integration, welding, CNC machining and programming, fabrication, and engineering. This multiskilled 2-year A.A.S. degree will have you job-ready when you graduate, and graduates can also go on to complete a 4-year degree at the University of Northern Iowa.

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Program Notice

The Advanced Manufacturing and Robotics program is not currently admitting students.

Explore other programs in Industrial Technologies including machining and welding. If you have questions, please contact the Industrial Technologies department at 319-398-4983 or

Kirkwood offers more than $3 million in scholarships for students each year.

Students in this program may be eligible to have half their tuition paid for by the Kibbie Grant.

In just two years, you’ll develop the technical skills you’ll need for a wide range of industrial careers. By the time you earn your degree, you’ll know how to:

  • Use computer aided drafting (CAD) to design and develop engineering drawings (blueprints)
  • Analyze the strength of materials for the selection of manufacturing processes
  • Analyze electrical circuits used in the manufacturing industry
  • Identify and resolve design problems related to fabrication and production
  • Design and program robotic integrated systems
  • Program and set up various computer numeric controlled (CNC) machines to levels set forth by the manufacturing industry
  • Identify and apply the appropriate machine, tool, and process for producing a product
  • Analyze, set up, and complete the process for metal inert gas (MIG) welding

A one-hour program conference is required prior to acceptance to the program. You’ll learn more about the program, specific admissions requirements, and have the opportunity to have questions answered by program faculty and staff.

Due to the coronavirus, program conferences will be completed via email, phone, or Zoom meetings.

Program Requirements

To get into the Advanced Manufacturing and Robotics Technologies program, you must complete the following, in addition to Kirkwood’s steps to become a student:

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Graduates with an Advanced Manufacturing and Robotics Technologies degree can obtain jobs in a variety of different career opportunities.
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Kirkwood’s Industrial Technologies department includes industry-seasoned instructors and faculty members, all with valuable real-world experience. They know what employers need right now — and they’re ready to teach you today.

Provide students with skill sets that meet industry expectations and standards.  Create a learning environment that fosters students’ success in honing skills for a challenging and rewarding career in advanced manufacturing, including: computer numeric controlled machining, welding, precision fabrication, and product design and development.


Industrial Technologies
101 Jones Hall