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Admissions Office
Calmar: 800.728.2256, ext. 376
Peosta: 800.728.7367, ext. 259
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

For short-term certificate programs, contact:

Business and Community Solutions
Calmar Area

563.562.3263, ext. 399
800.728.2256, ext. 399

Business and Community Solutions
Dubuque Area

563.557.8271, ext. 380
888.642.2338, ext. 380

Advanced Manufacturing

An exciting career in Advanced Manufacturing is waiting for you!

Northeast Iowa Community College believes you need the facts when exploring career paths and training options. For example, did you know that in 2012, average annual wages in manufacturing were 33.1 percent higher in Iowa than the statewide average for all private industry? Advanced Manufacturing careers today are innovative and technologically-advanced, much different from the old perceptions of dirty, unsafe working environments.

Cutting Edge

Advanced Manufacturing careers are not just for men either! Women are excelling in the industry, and Iowa is regarded as a leader in the industry nationwide. In fact, advanced manufacturing accounts for roughly 14 percent of the state's total employment.

High Earning Potential

The average manufacturing worker earned $77,066 annually, including pay and benefits, while other industries earned $60,168.

In Demand

In the past decade, there has been 179 percent growth in exports from Iowa of products made through advanced manufacturing. 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. Careers with growth expected by 2020 in Iowa include:

  • Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machining + 23%
  • Transportation & Logistics +19%
  • Machining +17%
  • Industrial Automation +16%
  • Welding +14%
  • Industrial Maintenance + 11%
  • Tool & Die +8%
  • Manufacturing Technology +3%
  • Mechanical Engineering Technicians + 2%

The following degree, diploma, certificate and continuing education opportunities are available through Northeast Iowa Community College to get you the training you need for the career you want!

Advanced Manufacturing Degree Programs

In two years or less you will earn your degree or diploma and enter a high-demand workforce with the skill to excel in your career.

Short-term Certificate Training Programs

In twelve months or less, Northeast Iowa Community College’s short-term certificate programs can equip you with job skills and hands-on training to open the doors to entry-level employment opportunities with local advanced manufacturing companies. NICC currently offers the following certificate options, most of which ladder into an NICC diploma or degree program:

  • Certified Production Control (CPT)
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC)
  • Mechatronics Specialist
  • Welding (Entry-level)

*You may qualify to earn a certificate at no cost if you meet all eligibility requirements.

Register for a certificate program by attending a free orientation sessions. Summer orientation schedules are coming soon!

Continuing Education Programs

Business and Community Solutions works closely with business and industry partners to develop customized training that assists those currently working in industry to further their knowledge to advance in their career. Explore Business and Community Solutions training options.

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

Sources used for facts, figures and statistics on this page included:, Iowa Association of Business and Industry, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Trade Information Service and Iowa Workforce Development Status Report and Iowa Workforce Development.

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