Advanced Manufacturing with Robotics and Welding

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Advanced Manufacturing with Robotics and Welding

Where Can Manufacturing Take You?

A fast-paced, highly technical environment that blends hands-on skill development in a variety of areas to offer students a competitive edge in today’s workforce. A great next step for Project Lead the Way students!

Students learn basic operations, general machine setup, blueprint reading, math skills, and equipment safety. Practical skills essential to the manufacturing industry are explored, such as computer-based and hands-on training in code writing and CNC operations.

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Course offerings may vary. Contact your high school or nearest Kirkwood location for local options. 

In addition to the Advanced Manufacturing academy, there is an acaedmy experience focused entirely around Welding courses available at the Washington County Regional Center. Learn More.


EGT-450 | Computer Integrated Manufacturing (PLTW) | 3 credits
Teaches robotics and automated manufacturing concepts by creating three-dimensional designs with modeling software, then producing actual models of student designs. This course was developed by Project Lead the Way (PLTW). 

 

MFG-394 | CNC Machine Tool Operations | 4 credits
Introduces basic machining operations. Covers manual and CNC milling and turning practices, tooling, machining practices and applied mathematics, and workholding techniques. Emphasizes teamwork, critical thinking and problem solving through hands-on experience and practical applications.

 

WEL-208 | Introduction to Fabrication | 2 credits

Provides students with hands-on fabrication basics used by welding industries. Covers layout, reading blueprints, applied math, cost estimation, jigs and fixtures, and introduction to shearing, bending, drilling, sawing and other manufacturing process associated with welding fabrication.

 

WEL-228 | Introduction to Welding, Safety & Health of Welders | 1 credit
This course will cover the basics of safety and health within the welding profession and orientation to the occupation. This course aligns to SENSE Level 1, Module 1: Occupational Orientation and Module 2: Safety and Health of Workers.

 

WEL-244 | Gas Metal Arc Welding Short Circuit Transfer | 2 credits
Focuses on proper welding safety, machine setup and welding techniques of Gas Metal Arc Welding Short-Circuiting Transfer. Students perform American Welding Society compliant welds on carbon steel, in flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions. This course will prepare students to take an AWS welder certification test, which is recommended for its successful completion.

 

WEL-245 | Gas Metal Arc Welding Spray Transfer | 2 credits
Focuses on proper welding safety, machine setup and welding techniques of Gas Metal Arc Welding Spray Transfer. Students perform American Welding Society compliant welds on carbon steel in flat and horizontal positions. This course will prepare students to take an AWS welder certification test, which is recommended for its successful completion.

 

WEL-251 | Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) for Carbon Steel | 2 credits
Focuses on proper welding safety, machine setup and welding techniques for Gas Tungsten Arc Welding. Students perform American Welding Society compliant welds on carbon steel in the flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions. This course will prepare students to take an AWS welder certification test, which is recommended for successful completion of this course. 

 

WEL-269 | Thermal Cutting Processes | 3 credits

Focuses on proper safety, equipment setup, and cutting techniques for oxy-fuel, plasma, and carbon steel arc cutting on carbon steel, austenitic stainless steel, and aluminum. Students perform American Welding Society compliant cutting operations in the flat position as well as scarfing and gouging operations to remove base and weld metal in flat and horizontal positions.

 

WEL-274 | Shielding Metal Arc Welding | 3 credits

Focuses on safety, amperage settings, polarity and the proper selection of electrodes for the shielded metal arc welding process. Prepares students to perform American Welding Society compliant welds on carbon steel, using visual and destructive methods for determining weld quality. 

Immediate opportunity for entry-level employment! Students are prepared to enter the workforce or go on to recieve additional  training for today’s high demand manufacturing and technical fields.

Average Salaries

Mechanical Engineer
$74,100

Aerospace Engineer
$112,500

Industrial Production Manager
$96,150

Based on available Iowa salary data at www.bls.gov.

Three National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and industry recognized welding certifications. The Kirkwood Advanced Manufacturing/Engineering Technology and Welding Career Academy can lead students to college certificates, diplomas, associates, bachelors, and graduate degrees.

Examples of college majors include, but are not limited to: CAD/Mechanical Engineering Technology, CNC Machining Technology, Welding, Manufacturing Technology and Industrial Engineering.

If you’re planning to transfer to a four-year college or university after attending Kirkwood, find specific transfer information here.