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 and Course 2: Introduction to Systems 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

Enroll in Course I: Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing

Class meets for seven weeks Monday – Friday, March 20 – May 5, 2023 from 5:30–7:30pm.

Accepted students cannot miss more than three sessions.

Orientation: March 13 – 14, 2023 from 5:30–8:30pm, at the Van G. Miller Adult Learning Center. Students must attend each orientation session.

Program Cost: $3,495

Tuition costs for Course 1 is sponsored by grants and employer donations.

If interested in an IGNITE Course 1 scholarship contact us using the Program Application below.

Apply Today!

Course 2:
Introduction to Systems

Students will build upon the knowledge, skills, and abilities obtained during IGNITE Level 1: Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing. Students will be introduced to the future of advanced manufacturing through the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), lean manufacturing, and electronic systems. Students will also improve their Computer Aided Design, modeling, and robotic system skills. Tuition costs must be paid by the student or by an employer sponsorship.

  • 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

Enroll in Course 2: Introduction to Systems

Class meets for eight weeks Monday – Friday, June 27 – August 19, 2022 from 5:30–7:30pm.

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

Application deadline: June 22, 2022

Students must successfully complete Course 1: Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing prior to the application deadline.

Program Cost

Tuition costs for IGNITE Course 2: Introduction to systems must be paid for by the student.

If interested in IGNITE Course 2 please contact us using the Program Application below.

Apply Today!

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 Application

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