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

  • Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
  • Advanced Manufacturing Materials and Processes
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Electrical Control Systems and Sensors
  • Robotic Flexible Manufacturing Systems
  • Computer Aided Design Modeling
  • Precision Measurement and Tolerancing
  • Machine and Hand Tools
  • Team Concepts
  • Design Process and Idea Generation
  • Mini-projects and team-based systems project

Course 3:
Mechatronics Systems

  • Programmable Controller Programming
  • Mechanical Power Transmission
  • Hydraulics
  • Ethernet Point Communications
  • 3D Computer Aided Design Assemblies
  • Mechatronics Station Programming
  • Team Decision Making and Development
  • Planning and conducting team meetings
  • Mini-projects and team-based mechatronics project

Course 4:
Digital Manufacturing Systems

  • Manufacturing Metrics and Lean
  • Process reliability and quality
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM)
  • Fluid Power Control
  • Robot System Applications
  • Ethernet Switch Networks
  • Programmable Controller Applications with HMI
  • Mechatronics Station Applications
  • Digital Enterprise with Cloud-Based Data
  • Mini-projects and team-based digital enterprise project

Course 5:
Advanced Materials and Design

  • 3D CAD applications
  • CAD/CAM applications
  • CNC machine applications
  • Material strength testing
  • Plastics
  • Welding
  • Mini-projects and team-based Capstone project

Course 6:
IIoT Data Analytics and Networking

  • Variable frequency drives
  • PLC troubleshooting
  • Ethernet network performance
  • Cyber security
  • Smart sensors
  • Barcode readers / RFIC
  • Data analytics with databases
  • Smart network communications
  • Mini-projects and team-based Capstone project

Program Cost and Eligibility

Tuition costs are fully sponsored by grants and employer donations for up to ten students for Course 1: Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing. There is no cost to these students. In addition, students that complete this course will earn an opportunity to apply for full-time production positions at one of five employers offering starting wages between $17.00–$19.00 per hour plus benefits.

Enroll in Course I: Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing

Class meets for eight weeks Monday – Friday, October 11 – December 10, 2021 from 5:30–7:30pm.

Accepted students cannot miss more than three sessions. This includes orientation and class sessions.

Applications due: September 16, 2021

Orientation: October 4–8, 2021, 5:30–8:30pm, at the Cedar Falls Center, 5330 Nordic Drive, Cedar Falls. Students must attend each orientation session.

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