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


Technical Studies, AAS

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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.

For more information about the Technical Studies program, please visit our website at https://www.dmacc.edu/programs/technicalstudies.

Program Details

Locations: Ankeny, Boone and Carroll

Students may start this program any semester

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

  • Any 3 credits AAS Degree Core Communications  Credits: 3
  • Select 1-2 credits from Option 1 Credits:1-2
  • Select 3 credits from Option 2 Credits: 3-4
  • Select 9 credits not already included in any of the following: AUT, DSL, ELT, MFG, CON, HCR, IND, WEL, or WTT* Credits: 9
    * Consider taking courses that fulfill prerequisites in subsequent semesters. 

Option 1 - Select 1-2 Credits

Option 2 - Select 3-4 Credits

Semester 2

  • Any 3-4 credits AAS Degree Core Math or Science  Credits: 3-4
  • Select 3 credits from Option 3 Credits: 3
  • Select 3-5 credits from Option 4 Credits: 3-5
  • Select 5-6 credits from Option 5 Credits: 5-6

Option 3 - Select 3 Credits

Option 5 - Select 5-6 Credits

Semester 3

Option 6 - Select 5 - 6 Credits

Semester 4

  • Credits: 5
  • Select 2-3 credits from Option 7 Credits: 2-3
  • Select 3 credits from Option 8 Credits: 3
  • Select 3-4 credits from Option 9 Credits: 3-4

Semester 5

Option 10 Select 5-7 Credits

Select from the following:

Total Credits Required to Complete this Award - 64

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) 1000 1000 150 1000 1000
Supplies 80        
Equipment-Tools (approximate) 5000        

Approximate total cost for the program: **$20,540

**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

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)

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