IGNITE: Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing

Hawkeye Community College is launching a new program called IGNITE: Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing, a foundational skill development program designed to stimulate student interest in Advanced Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 careers.

Students will learn about manufacturing careers and apply what they have learned through hands on competency based projects.

Program Overview

IGNITE’s innovative curriculum supports a modular 6-course Advanced Manufacturing program. Each course can be completed in one semester, providing flexibility for 1, 2, or 3-year programs. Students begin with foundational topics, such as safety, measurement, hand tools, print reading, and materials science. They then move on to learn relevant knowledge and hands-on skills related to a wide variety of topics essential in modern industry.

Hawkeye is currently offering Course 1: Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing with plans to offer the remaining courses.

Course 1:
Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing

  • Smart Automation Cells
  • Robot Programming
  • CNC Programming
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Electrical Circuits
  • Pneumatics
  • Safety
  • Basic Measurement
  • Mini-projects

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+ Course 2:
Introduction to Systems

+ Course 3:
Mechatronics Systems

+ Course 4:
Digital Manufacturing Systems

+ Course 5:
Advanced Materials and Design

+ Course 6:
IIoT Data Analytics and Networking

Program Cost and Eligibility

John Deere will fully sponsor ten students for Course 1: Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing. There is no cost to the student. In addition, students that complete this course will earn an opportunity to apply for a one of ten full-time production positions at John Deere with a starting wage of $19.14 plus benefits.

Capacity is limited to 10 students. Entry into the program is competitive.

To be considered, applicants must be:

  • Cedar Valley residents
  • 18+ years of age
  • High school diploma or equivalency
  • Desire a fast paced career in advanced manufacturing in the Cedar Valley

Program Enrollment - This Session is FULL

Please note the following dates and deadlines:

  • April 1, 2021: Applications due
  • April 1, 2021: Applicants must have completed the CASAS assessment
  • April 5–8, 2021: Orientation sessions will be offered from 5:30–8:30pm. Students must attend each orientation session *
  • April 12 – May 28, 2021: Course 1: Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing will meet from 5:30–7:30pm each evening, Monday thru Friday, for seven full weeks. *

Orientation and classroom activities will be held at TechWorks in Waterloo, Iowa.

Graduates will earn nine advanced manufacturing industry recognized credentials.

Following graduation on May 28, job applications will be submitted for the 10 full-time positions.

* Accepted students cannot miss more than three sessions, this includes orientation and class sessions.

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