Science, Tech, Engineering & Manufacturing

Job shadow opportunities from Kirkwood in the fields of applied sciences, technology, engineering, and manufacturing can help you learn more about the wide variety of careers available. Put yourself on the path to achieving your goals.

Learn how to get started in careers like: mechanical, chemical, electrical, or civil engineer; architect, computer software developer, CAD drafter, diesel mechanic, and wind turbine service technician.

How to Apply for Job Shadows

  1. Review the group and individual job shadow opportunities available below and select your top two choices. Note: Your choices can be from two different industry categories.
  2. Review the application instructions.
  3. Start your application.

Group Job Shadows

Group job shadows offer a great introduction to specific career fields and allow you to explore a broad scope of careers within that industry, all in one shadow experience. Group job shadows are a great option for initial exploration of a specific career or industry. On average, shadows are typically 2-4 hours in duration.

Note: Group job shadows with an asterisk (*) next to them are in-demand jobs in the corridor area, as determined by our area economic development organizations.

*Careers in Energy Day: Alliant, Cedar Rapids - VIRTUAL ONLY

Do you enjoy being outdoors and helping others in your community? If the answer is yes, then this day is for you! Participants will learn more about the many vital, high paying jobs in the energy industry. Careers such as line mechanic, meter technician, field engineer, substation electrician, and system technician will be discussed.


Water Resource Careers: Iowa Flood Center, Iowa City - VIRTUAL ONLY

Discover rewarding careers that are helping to reduce flooding, improve water quality, and address the impacts of climate change on water resources in Iowa. Jobs in engineering, communications, watershed coordination and planning, and graduate student opportunities will be discussed. May 2021. No cap.


Renewable Energy Day: Kirkwood Main Campus - Jones Hall, Cedar Rapids

Join us as we tour the wind turbine lab and solar array at Kirkwood Community College. Learn about exciting career opportunities such as wind energy technician and how Iowa is leading the nation in renewable energy jobs.


TV News/Weather Day: Iowa's News Now (KGAN-TV), Cedar Rapids

Lights, camera, action! It’s not a movie, but it’s your local news. See behind the scenes of a newscast and how news stories are written, how breaking news is handled, and how weather is forecasted and presented on TV. This job shadow will teach you about the fast paced world of TV broadcasting. Anchors and meteorologists from Iowa’s News Now will show you everything you need to know about the world of live TV news.

*Architecture and Interior Design Day: Martin Gardner Architecture, Marion

Do you like Art or Science? Solving problems or using technology such as Virtual Reality? Working outdoors or making a positive impact on the community? If so, this job shadow is for you! Explore architecture and design careers including architect, landscape architect, digital media manager, and interior designer.


*Exploring IT Day: Infrastructure Technology Solutions, Monticello

Join Infrastructure Technology Solutions (ITS) for an overview of careers, facility tour, and workforce needs. Featured roles and topics include: IT Security – products and tools for monitoring and managing machines and users; CTO/CIO – Methods of performing CTO/CIO duties as a contracted partner and as an internal employee; Physical Security – Video Surveillance and Door Access Control – products, technologies and integrations; Network Engineering and Installation, with an emphasis on network security; Software Engineering, APIs and the Internet of Things; Computer Repairs/Hardware, Business Development Roles; Office Manager and Technical Sales, performing standard business roles within a high-tech environment. Cap of 15 students.


*Exploring IT Day - VIRTUAL ONLY

Discover careers in information technology. Learn about a sampling of IT careers possibly including image processing, data infrastructure, mobile app development, game development, software development and embedded systems.


*Hydraulic Engineering: IIHR Hydroscience & Engineering, University of Iowa, Iowa City - VIRTUAL ONLY

Scale physical hydraulic models are reduced size replicas of full-size hydraulic structures (such as dams) that engineers use to evaluate proposed designs or guide retrofitting current structures. Join a virtual tour to view a scale physical hydraulic model running water through the structure and discuss what the model was used for on the project. Time will be allowed for general questions about the model, as well as engineering education and career paths. No cap.


Medical Engineering Day: CIVCO Medical Solutions, Coralville - VIRTUAL ONLY

Learn about Biomedical, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Engineers from a cutting-edge medical device company as well as do some problem solving of your own.

*Skilled Trades Day: Cedar Rapids - Virtual Only

If you are interested in the following careers this job shadow is for you: electrician, plumber, pipefitter, carpenter, bricklayer, and general laborer. You will also learn about building trades apprenticeships - tuition-free, earn while-you-learn training programs.