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2021-2022 Course Catalog 
2021-2022 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Advanced Manufacturing Technology, AAS

The DMACC Advanced Manufacturing Technology AAS program prepares applicants for a wide variety of manufacturing tasks in industry. Successful applicants will learn the basic elements of welding, fabrication, computer numerical controlled machine operation, computer-aided drafting and design, machining and workplace skills. Graduates will be positioned for employment by a wide variety of manufacturers throughout the state and nation.

At the completion of this two-year Associate in Applied Science degree program, graduates will be prepared for a large number of skilled careers in the manufacturing industry. Opportunities exist in many different types of manufacturing.

For more information about the Advanced Manufacturing Technology program, please visit our website at cam.dmacc.edu.

Program Details

Location: Ankeny

Selected courses in this program are offered at other campuses.

Students start Fall semester

(If you wish to start the program in the Spring or Summer, please contact the program chair at 515-964-6452 to discuss proper sequencing of courses.)

Program Entry Requirements (Inactive)

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

Graduation Requirements

To earn an Advanced Manufacturing Technology AAS degree, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Total Credits Required to Complete this AAS Degree - 78

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$174.00 per credit

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

Varied Costs

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Semester 5 Semester 6
Books (approximate) 300 700 100


Tools 570 50 150



Approximate total for program: $15,762**

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

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Use a wide variety of machine tools and precision measuring instruments.
  • Do production welding using jigs and fixtures.
  • Work from drawings, blueprints and other materials.
  • Work in a team-oriented environment.
  • Fabricate projects using welded and machined parts.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Apply technical skills in specific machine setups and operations.
  • Use precision measurement devices, input and interpretation of quality measurement data.
  • Read and interpret blueprints, including computer-generated drawings.
  • Use problem-solving skills.

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

  • High demand for skilled manufacturing technicians.
  • Great variety of types of work and work environments in industry.
  • Average starting salary $37,500 (State of Iowa Average).
  • Class schedule usually 7:00 am - 3:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Program Competencies

  1. Demonstrate the workplace basic skills of listening, writing, problem-solving, interpersonal relationships and leadership.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to setup, operate and adjust state of the art multiprocess welding power sources.
  3. Evaluate weld quality to an American Welding Society industry standard.
  4. Understand basic principles of electricity as it relates to welding.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to interpret weldment blueprints and symbols.
  6. Understand heat transfer as it relates to specific metal alloys and weld joints.
  7. Assess welding discontinuities to determine appropriate ways to solve problems.
  8. Demonstrate the safe and effective procedures and method in the proper use of tools, machines, and measuring tools.
  9. Interpret data to industry standards.
  10. Analyze industrial components using metrology to verify quality.
  11. Create components using standard and advanced machining processes to industry standards.
  12. Fabricate components using standard and advanced machining and welding processes to industry standards.

Nondiscrimination Statement

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, or hiring practices, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status. 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, dso@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. Questions or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczysnki Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:
Agriculture, Natural and Environmental Science
Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
Arts, Design, and Visual Communication
Business, Management, and Marketing
Education, Public, and Human Services
Health Science
Hospitality and Culinary
Information Technology
Transportation & Logistics

Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at https://www.dmacc.edu/admissions/Pages/checklist.aspx. (2021)