Kirkwood Community College

Advanced Manufacturing with
Robotics and Welding
Career Academy

 

Experience

A 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 Project Lead the Way students!
 
Outcome

Students learn basic operations, general machine setup, blueprint reading, math skills, and equipment safety. Practical skills essential to the manufacturing industry are explored, such as computer-based and hands-on training in code writing and CNC operations.
 
Career Focus

Immediate opportunity for entry-level employment! Students are prepared to enter the workforce or go on to recieve additional  training for today’s high demand manufacturing and technical fields. 
 
Average Salaries
 
Mechanical Engineer
$74,100
Aerospace Engineer
$112,500

Industrial Production Manager
$96,150
 Based on available Iowa salary data at www.bls.gov

Advanced Manufacturing With Robotics and Welding Courses

Course offerings may vary. Visit your nearest Kirkwood location website or high school for local course options.



EGT-450 | Computer Integrated Manufacturing (PLTW) | 3 credits

Teaches robotics and automated manufacturing concepts by creating three-dimensional designs with modeling software, then producing actual models of student designs. This course was developed by Project Lead the Way (PLTW). 
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B.



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 standards.
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 standards. 
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B.



WEL-153 | Virtual Reality Welding | 1 credit
Demonstrates various techniques using the Lincoln VTECH, Virtual Reality Welder. Applies correct techniques and practices used in welding processes.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B.



WEL-228 | Introduction to Welding, Safety & Health of Welders | 1 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.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B.




WEL-244 | Gas Metal Arc Welding Short Circuit Transfer: SENSE I | 2 credits
Focuses on proper welding 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.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B.


WEL-245 | Gas Metal Arc Welding Spray Transfer: SENSE I | 2 credits
Focuses on proper welding 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.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B.


WEL-251 | Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) for Carbon Steel: SENSE I | 2 credits
Focuses on proper welding 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. 
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B.
 

 
Career and Transfer Opportunities

Three National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and industry recognized welding certifications. The Kirkwood Advanced Manufacturing/Engineering Technology and Welding Career Academy can lead students to college certificates, diplomas, associates, bachelors, 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.