Engineering Technology Open House

Engineering Technology training equipmentClinton and Muscatine Community Colleges, part of the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC), are hosting open houses for one of their newest programs, Engineering Technology.

Engineering Technology began just this past January and is considered one of EICC’s signature programs. It prepares students in two years or less to function as skilled hands-on technicians in multiple manufacturing environments and also provides a pathway to a bachelor's degree.  

Clinton Community College’s open house will be held July 22 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the college’s Technology Center, 1951 Manufacturing Drive, Clinton.

The Muscatine Community College open house will be held July 23, from 8 a.m. – 8 the college’s Industrial Technology Center, located behind the college at 152 Colorado Street, Muscatine. Staff will be on hand, providing 45 minute sessions beginning at the top of each hour.

Visitors at both colleges will have the opportunity to tour the facility, learn more about the program options, meet faculty and have all of their questions answered regarding admission and financial aid.

Engineering Technology was developed as part of a $2.5 million U.S. Department of Labor grant that EICC received on behalf of all of Iowa’s community colleges. EICC developed the curriculum necessary for implementation of the program and is sharing that with other colleges.

The Associate in Applied Science degree program is available at Clinton and Muscatine Community Colleges as well as Scott Community College. The first three semesters are identical at each college. In the fourth final semester, the student has the choice of specializing in four different areas: Automation, Electro/Mechanical, Process Control or Renewable Energy.

Graduates learn the processes and equipment associated with production including mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, electronic, and computers usually in combination. That training prepares students for a wide variety of careers including: Plant Maintenance, Robotics, Process Controls, Electrical/Electronics, Process Development, Automation, Service Engineer, Project Coordinator, Design Technician, Health and Safety Coordinator, Production Planner/Scheduler, Quality Assurance Coordinator, Renewable Energy, Solar Systems Installer, Ethanol Manufacturing Maintenance and Windsmith.

Demand for graduates is expected to remain high. The government projects that by the year 2018, Iowa's advanced manufacturing segment alone will experience a shortage of 6,672 skilled workers due to older worker retirement and increasing need for Iowa products.

The program is part of EICC’s commitment to working with area industry leaders in Advanced Manufacturing who have identified closing the "skills gap" for skilled employees as one of their top priorities. The college partnered with four-year universities, Iow@Work and local business and industry to create the program.

For more information call 1-888-336-3907.