Additional support from the National Science Foundation is helping Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) to introduce more students to industrial maintenance and engineering technology careers in the region.
The two-year Industrial Maintenance program at the College’s Peosta campus trains students to maintain and troubleshoot automation and control systems in advanced manufacturing environments, production facilities, hospitals, and large office buildings everywhere.
In northeast Iowa, graduates earn an estimated salary range of $32,453 – $43,556, and the occupation has 9% projected job growth through 2021, according to EMSI, Inc.
The Engineering Technology program at the College’s Peosta campus was developed with support from an initial $200,000 NSF grant award. This program provides students with classroom and lab training using solid modeling computer design software, robotics, electronics, and 3-D printers. Students in the program have utilized their 3-D printer technology skills to assist in creating prototypes for local manufacturers.
Graduates earn an estimated salary range of $37,837 – $57,163 in the College’s district, and the occupation has a 3% job growth rate through 2021.
The current NSF Advanced Technological Education grant that supports the Industrial Maintenance and Engineering Technology programs at NICC is a three-year project period with an award of $638,143.