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EICC_advanced_manufacturingCutting-Edge Skills For High-Demand Jobs In Manufacturing – Computers, Robotics, Electronics

Yesterday’s factories have evolved into automated, advanced manufacturing, where workers with a high level of technical skills are needed to run and maintain complex machines, robots and computer systems.

Manufacturingarticle3These new technology-based jobs require specific training in mechanics, electrical circuitry and technology. To help train workers for these careers of the future, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) have a range of Advanced Manufacturing-based programs backed by a history of providing relevant, high quality training skills to area residents.  With advanced manufacturing facilities located in Clinton, Maquoketa, Muscatine and Davenport, EICC offers hands-on training in the disciplines most in demand by area companies. Designed to work for full or part time students – including students already working in related fields – EICC’s advanced manufacturing programs can be a great fit for your employment future.

The U.S. Department of Labor reports Advanced Manufacturing occupations grew significantly between 2007 and 2012, and the demand for workers is expected to continue. Economic Modeling Specialists International projects the American manufacturing sector will add 2.5 million new jobs by 2017. Because of the increasingly sophisticated technologies and processes it employs, U.S. manufacturing relies on a more educated workforce. Along with being high-tech, manufacturing jobs are also among the highest-paying, offering a 17-percent premium in compensation over non-manufacturing jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Manufacturingarticle2“Today’s factory workers have strong technical and analytical skills and are just as likely to carry an iPad as a wrench,” says Wayne Merrell, Department of Labor Grant Director for Eastern Iowa Community Colleges. “If you get satisfaction from making something or get excited about new technology, then the manufacturing industry could be a great place for you.” He adds that many of the Advanced Manufacturing courses are offered in an 8-week modular format that allows students to focus on fewer classes at a time, blending in-class time with online lessons and hands-on lab time. Classes and lab time are offered days and weekends so even if a student is working full time, he or she can complete the program.

Here’s a list of EICC’s Advanced Manufacturing Related Programs:

  • Engineering Technology
  • Mechanical Design
  • Logistics
  • CNC (Computer Numerical Control)
  • Welding

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EICC is an Award-Winning EducatorEICC_award_winning

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) has been selected as a winner of the prestigious 2016 Manufacturing Leadership Award.

EICC received the award in the category of Next Generation Leadership for its innovative practices in training Engineering Technology students. The college joins such elite companies as Dow Chemical, IBM, Honeywell, Lexmark, Owens Corning and others in receiving the award.

“We are extremely pleased to be recognized with such major companies,” said Ellen Kabat-Lensch, EICC Vice Chancellor for Workforce and Economic Development. “This is a testament to the outstanding work our faculty and staff are doing with our students.”

Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership (ML) Council annually honors world-class manufacturing companies and individual leaders with the Manufacturing Leadership Award.

The award recognizes a portion of the work resulting from a 2013 grant received by EICC on behalf of Iowa’s community colleges. The $2.5 million US Department of Labor grant focused on Engineering Technology and Advanced Manufacturing training. EICC has developed the curriculum and modules necessary for implementation of the unique training program and shares that with other colleges throughout the state as well as the rest of the country,

“The new approach assists faculty in being able to be more hands-on,” Kabat-Lensch said. “Instead of standing in front of a board, giving a lecture, they work with students one-to-one in the lab.”

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