STEM, Advanced Manufacturing and Construction Technology

The STEM, Advanced Manufacturing and Construction Technology programs train students for high-growth careers. These diverse industries require hands-on training for students to master the latest technology and equipment.

Graduates in these fields keep systems running and secure, work with complex hardware and software, build and maintain residential and commercial structures and furnishings, and provide research and other technical support for manufacturing, food production, engineering and construction industries. The estimated salary range for STEM, Advanced Manufacturing and Construction Technology graduates is $16,946 - $52,425*.

Students who are currently employed may also participate in available metalworking apprenticeship options. An apprenticeship is a competency-based training system, approved by the U.S. Department of Labor, that prepares workers for highly skilled and specialized occupations.

M-List LogoNortheast Iowa Community College is endorsed by the Manufacturing Institute's M-list for providing students the opportunity to earn NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certifications as a standard part of their manufacturing education programs. The M-List distinguishes quality manufacturing education and training programs that are a preferred source of talent for manufacturing employers.


STEM, Advanced Manufacturing and Construction Technology Programs
Program TitleAward
Building Construction Career Pathway Certificate
Carpentry Diploma
Cabinet Making Certificate
Finishing Skills Certificate
Floor and Framing Skills Certificate
Foundation Skills Certificate
Certified Production Technician (CPT) Career Pathway Certificate
Computer Aided Design (CAD) Specialist Certificate
Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Technician Diploma
Career Pathway Certificate
Construction Business Management Diploma
Construction Equipment Operator Career Pathway Certificate
Construction Technology Associate of Applied Science
Electromechanical Technician Career Pathway Certificate
Electrician, Commercial/Residential Diploma
Electrician, Industrial Associate of Applied Science
Electronic Technology Associate of Applied Science
Engineering Technology Associate of Applied Science
Gas Utility Construction and Service Diploma
Associate of Applied Science
Heating and Air Conditioning Diploma
Industrial Maintenance Technician Diploma
Associate of Applied Science
Industrial Sewing Career Pathway Certificate

Restoration Academy

Career Pathway Certificate
Welding Diploma
Career Pathway Certificate (Basic)
Career Pathway Certificate (GMAW)

Advantages of Advanced Manufacturing and STEM: High-Growth, High-Earning Potential

The average manufacturing worker earns $77,066 annually, including pay and benefits, while other industries earn $60,168. Since 2001, there has been 179 percent growth in advanced manufacturing produced products exported from Iowa. Iowa has the largest number of advanced manufacturing jobs in the Midwest, and by 2018, Iowa is predicted to have a shortfall of 6,672 skilled workers in this sector.

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Learn more about the changing world of advanced manufacturing! Elevate is a statewide initiative with resources available for you.

This workforce solution is funded by the I-AM Consortium which is 100% financed through a $12,951,162 grant from the Department of Labor’s Employment & Training Administration.

Sources:, Iowa Association of Business and Industry, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Trade Information Service and Iowa Workforce Development Status Report and Iowa Workforce Development

 *Salary Source: EMSI; Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations in the NICC district.

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