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.
Northeast 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.
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. In the past decade, 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.
According to Iowa Workforce Development, STEM careers experience greater job growth and pay than the combined total of all other job applications. STEM careers are expected to grow anywhere from 11.8 to 21.3 percent from 2008 to 2018. Additionally, the 2011 mean wage for STEM careers ranged from $26.57 to $31.48.
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: ElevateIowa.com, 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.