Oct 23, 2021  
2021-2022 Course Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Course Catalog

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Applied Engineering Technology-Electro-Mechanical Technologies, AAS



The Applied Engineering Technology program prepares students for a career as a maintenance technician in industrial manufacturing. At the completion of the program, students should be able to troubleshoot and repair industrial equipment ranging from basic mechanical equipment and electrical motor controls to the more complex systems used in manufacturing environments.

For more information about the Applied Engineering Technology program, please visit our website at www.dmacc.edu/programs/aet.

Program Details


Location: Ankeny


Selected courses in this program are offered at other campuses.

Students start Fall semester


Graduation Requirements


To earn an Applied Engineering 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: Electro-Mechanical Technologies Concentration - 68*


*Program total credits do not include 1 entry requirement credit.

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
Books (approximate) 650 640 250 450 375
Supplies         55  

Approximate total for program: $14,252**

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

What Kind of Work Will You Do?


  • Troubleshoot and repair industrial mechanical equipment.
  • Develop and utilize predictive and preventive maintenance programs.
  • Perform facilities maintenance and upgrades.
  • Use digital electronic equipment including PLCs.
  • Troubleshoot and repair electrical motor controls and electrical 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.
  • Diagnose and repair power transmission systems in industrial equipment.
  • Wind turbine technicians will need the following attributes:
  • Ability to climb towers and work outside.
  • Ability to work in confined spaces.
  • Lift heavy equipment and tools, some in excess of 45 pounds.
  • Be unafraid of heights and confined spaces.
  • Possess a healthy respect for heights.
  • Be in excellent physical condition.
  • Work well in a team environment.
  • Ability to work productively in adverse conditions.
  • Ability to work while suspended in a harness for extended periods of time.

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


  • High demand for industrial electrical and mechanical technicians.
  • Great variety of types of work in many types of business and industry.
  • Wind turbine technicians with the following conditions could have limited career opportunities:
  • Heart disease or hypertension
  • Epilepsy, seizures, or blackouts
  • Dizziness or impaired balance
  • Severe allergic reaction to insect bites (anaphylactic shock)
  • Brittle or uncontrolled diabetes
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (poor blood circulation to extremities)
  • Severe hearing loss
  • Psychiatric illness
  • Extreme Sun Sensitivity
  • Severe tendonitis or arthritis
  • Obesity
  • Anticipated average starting salary $56,740/year (Source: 2017 data from bls.gov).

Program Competencies



  1. Troubleshoot and repair industrial mechanical equipment.
  2. Troubleshoot and repair electrical motor controls and electrical systems.
  3. Develop preventative and predictive maintenance programs.
  4. Troubleshoot and repair digital electronic equipment including PLC’s (Programming Logic Controls).
  5. Perform facilities maintenance and upgrades.
  6. Work as a team member.

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, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-7204, phone 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576, 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
Manufacturing
Transportation & Logistics

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