Career Academies

EMC² - Exploring Manufacturing Careers Consortium

The EMC2 program gives you a chance to explore a high-demand career in CNC machining and tool-making while earning college credit before you graduate from high school! CNC is one of the most demanded skills in our communities. Individuals completing training in CNC can earn starting wages of $13-$18 per hour* depending on their skills.

*Source: Iowa Workforce Development

Invest in Your Future (approximately a $4300 value)

  • Earn up to 16 college credits (approximately a $2700 value) toward your college degree.
  • $300 stipend each summer of your junior and senior years.
  • $600 Hawkeye tuition scholarship with successful program completion.
  • Tool kit for seniors (approximately a $400 value).
  • Courses and textbooks provided by Cedar Valley businesses and area high schools.

You are responsible for:

  • Transportation costs to course locations.
  • Any supplies, field trips, and activities outside the classroom.

After You Complete EMC2

When you complete the EMC2 program and Hawkeye's admissions requirements, you will transition into the CNC Machining and Tool-Making Technology program at Hawkeye to earn your Associate of Applied Science degree. After graduating from Hawkeye, you may transfer your credits to the University of Northern Iowa and/or transition into the workforce.

How to Get Started

  1. Must be a junior in high school.

  2. Take the ACT or COMPASS assessment.

  3. Review your high school's plan of study for EMC2.

  4. Complete and submit the EMC² Application for Admission by February 6, 2017.

  5. Complete parent/school approval form.

EMC2 Courses

Summer following Junior High School Year
MFG211 Basic Machine Theory 2
MFG222 Machine Operations I 4
Total Credits 6
Senior Year
MFG122 Machine Trade Printreading I * 3
*Not Offered at All High Schools
Summer following Senior High School Year
MFG157 Introduction to CNC Programming I 2
MFG158 Introduction to CNC Programming II 2
MFG302 CNC Fundamentals 3

Summer following Junior High School Year

MFG211 Basic Machine Theory

2 credits—This course presents basic machining processes and concepts necessary to set-up and operate machine shop equipment.

Lecture Hours: 32

MFG222 Machine Operations I

4 credits—An introductory machining course presenting basic machining operations. Student will perform basic operations on lathes, horizontal + vertical-milling machines, drilling machines, saws, various types of grinders, and precision measuring equipment.

Lecture Hours: 0 Lab Hours: 128

Pre/Co-requisite(s): A minimum grade of D in MFG211.

Senior Year

MFG122 Machine Trade Printreading I *

3 credits—This course provides the student with the necessary knowledge to read and interpret basic prints used in the machining industry. It covers terminology, line-types, and drawing interpretation. First and third angle orthographic projection, dimensioning methods, and tolerancing are the major topics covered.

Lecture Hours: 48

Summer following Senior High School Year

MFG157 Introduction to CNC Programming I

2 credits—In this course students will create basic programs for CNC mills. Student will use a plain ASCII text editor (like Notepad) to input basic industry standard G and M code programs. Programs are run on verification software to ensure accuracy. Speed and feed calculations, operator notes and start-up lines, mill tooling types and procedures, rectangular coordinates, canned (drill) cycles, and file management are other areas of study.

Lecture Hours: 32

Co-requisite(s): A minimum grade of D in MFG302.

MFG158 Introduction to CNC Programming II

2 credits—In this course students will create programs for CNC mills using cutter diameter compensation, sub-routines, and sub-programs. Students will also write start-up lines and basic level programs on CNC lathes. Students will use a plain ASCII text editor (like Notepad) to input basic industry standard G and M code programs. Programs are run on verification software to ensure accuracy. Lathe tooling, typical turning procedures, cutter nose radius compensation, and tip orientation are other areas of study.

Lecture Hours: 32

Pre/Co-requisite(s): A minimum grade of D in MFG157 and MFG302.

MFG302 CNC Fundamentals

3 credits—Covers computer numerical control (CNC) as it relates to milling machines, lathes, and related software. Emphasis on machine set-up and operation, inspection of parts, and communication of peripherals.

Lecture Hours: 0 Lab Hours: 96

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Kendra Wyatt-Koger
Buchanan Hall 128
319-296-4009
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Program Advisors

Brent Blythe
Buchanan Hall 153D
319-296-2329 ext.1391
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Paul Kurt
Buchanan Hall 153E
319-296-2329 ext.1398
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Jamie Dettmer
Buchanan Hall 153
319-296-2329 ext.1430
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Dave Grunklee
Butler Hall 131A
319-296-4042
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