Oct 25, 2020  
2019-2020 Course Catalog 
2019-2020 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Technical Studies, AAS

This program supports students who are seeking (or currently employed) in the trades, apprenticeship, or pre-apprenticeship. This degree consists of apprenticeship and/or internship courses coupled with general education and technical classes.

Program Details


Students may start this program any semester

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement.
  3. Attend any required information/registration session.

Program Graduation Requirements

To earn a Technical Studies AAS, a student must complete all required coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Semester 1

Semester 2

Option 2 Select 5 - 6 Credits

Semester 3

Option 3 - Select 5 - 6 Credits

Semester 4

Semester 5

Option 5 Select 5-7 Credits

Select from the following:


Total Credits Required to Complete this Award - 64

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$160.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

Semester 1Semester 2Semester 3Semester 4Semester 5
Books (approximate)400300150450400

Approximate total cost for the program: **$11,940

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Troubleshoot and repair industrial mechancial equipment.
  • Develop and utilize predictive and preventive maintenance programs.
  • Perform facilities maintenance and upgrades.
  • Perform preventive maintenance, calibrations and upgrades on existing equipment.
  • Maintain service records.
  • Interact with members of the work force who have various levels of knowledge and experience with electronic equipment.  

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Apply technical skills in mechanical and electronic equipment and repair.
  • Diagnose and repair industrial hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
  • Use digital electronic equipment in automated production systems.
  • See details in objects and drawings.
  • Read gauges and dials correctly.
  •  Mechanical ability and basic mechanical experience.
  • Work thoroughly and accurately.
  • Climb and work safely on ladders, scaffolding, and ramps. 
  • Work in cramped positions.

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

  • Great variety of types of work in many types of business and industry.
  • Demonstrate the ability to be a “self-starter.”
  • There are chances for overtime work at a higher pay rate, as well as emergency calls at odd hours.
  • You can start your own business.
  • Some career choices will require you to furnish your own tools. 

Program Competencies

  1. Demonstrate workplace basic skills of communicating, computing, problem-solving, accountability, and displaying a strong work ethic.
  2. Think analytically, critically, and creatively to pursue new ideas, acquire new knowledge, and make decisions.
  3. Apply knowledge of skilled trade.
  4. Implement plan to prioritize and complete work.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the safety requirements for industry.

Nondiscrimination Statement

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:

Agriculture, National & Environmental Services /Architecture, Engineering, and Construction/Arts, Design, and Visual communications/Business, Management, and Marketing/Education, Public, and Human Services/Health Science/Hospitality and Culinary/Information Technology/Manufacturing/Transportation & Logistics

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, hiring practices or the provision of services, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age (in employment), disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status of a person. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA  50023, phone 515/964-6857, sgbittner@dmacc.edu.  Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA  50023, phone 515/964-6216, title9@dmacc.edu.  Question or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone 312/730-1560, tax 312/730-1576..

Legal references: Iowa Code §§ 216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S. C. §§ 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S. C. §§ 1681-1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S. C. § 794), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.).(2018)