DMACC Offers New Advanced Manufacturing Classes
Posted 4/19/2012

Think Manufacturing is a dirty job? Think again. Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) operators are highly trained machinist using CNC equipment to form, shape, and cut materials such as steel, aluminum, and plastics into precision parts used in almost every product. This is not a dirty job. It is a well-paying, clean job in extremely high demand.

Interested in a rewarding career in manufacturing? Central Iowa manufacturers are eager to higher skilled CNC operators and welders. Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) has new courses connected to local manufacturing employers, which translates to new careers in manufacturing.

DMACC is offering a non-credit CNC operator certificate on the DMACC Ankeny campus and a MIG (Metal Inert Gas) Welding class on the DMACC Newton Campus.

Completion of the CNC operator course will earn a DMACC certificate and connections to well-paid positions in Central Iowa. Successful completion of the welding class will earn you an American Welding Society (AWS) qualification in the flat position and connection to local employers who need welders.

The 480-hour CNC Operator class begins in Ankeny on May 22 and concludes on December 4 with classes offered this summer Monday through Friday and next fall on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. All costs associated with the course are included in the funding for those approved and transportation costs may be reimbursed for qualified candidates.

The 124-hour Welding class begins in Newton on May 21 and concludes on August 1 with classes offered Monday and Wednesday evenings. All costs associated with the course are included in the funding for those approved.

DMACC is experiencing success in a MIG Welding course on the Newton Campus. A total of 16 students started the class and five have already received full-time positions at a local manufacturer. Within a matter of months, unskilled workers received training to obtain a skilled career in manufacturing. For the five who have already received full-time positions, it only took three weeks. Every student enrolled qualified for training funds through special DMACC programs - the Workforce Training Academy or DMACC's Workforce Investment Act Program.

Everyone interested in applying for the two upcoming classes must register for a Reading and Math assessment scheduled on Mon., May 7 or Tues., May 8 at the DMACC Newton Campus. To register and access all program and funding details go to Contact Darin Stevenson at (515) 965-7322 with questions or

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