EICC Offers New Degree Program

October  30, 2013

     Hoping to help local industry, and students, the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges will offer a new degree program. Starting in January, classes in Engineering Technology will be available at all three of its campuses.

     Spokesman Wayne Merrell says an associates degree in Engineering Technology will prepare students to work in manufacturing for a variety of companies. 

     "We have a lot of manufacturers in our area and they've indicated to us they're very concerned that they don't have this type of skilled worker who can work with hydraulics and pneumatics, and keep their lines running."

     He says one study estimated manufacturing companies in Iowa will need to replace nearly 67-hundred skilled workers by the year 20-18. 

     Students will take classes, including industrial safety, computer fundamentals, and blue-print reading, and in their second year specialize in one of three areas - automation, electro-mechanical, or process control.

     "ADM or Monsanto would be very interested in process control people because they're associated with continuous production of fluids. So those graduates will be very, very helpful for those communities."

     Merrell says the new degree program is made possible by a 2.5 million dollar grant from the US Department of Labor. And some of the money will be used to prepare a curriculum in Engineering Technology for the other community colleges in Iowa.