Iowa–Advanced Manufacturing

Iowa Advanced ManufacturingIn response to a documented shortage of skilled workers in Iowa's advanced manufacturing sector, the 15 Iowa community colleges have formed the Iowa–Advanced Manufacturing (I–AM) Consortium, to collaboratively build the training capacity necessary to meet industry demand and arm Iowans with the skills they need to engage in Iowa's workforce.

In October of 2012, I–AM was awarded grant funds by the Department of Labor's Employment Training Administration as part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program.

I–AM Priorities and Strategies | I–AM Brochure

Elevate Iowa Advanced Manufacturing

Manufacturing Statistics in Iowa

  • Iowa's factories have added 6,900 jobs since 2010
  • Estimated shortage of nearly 7,000 skilled workers by 2018
  • The average hourly range for advanced manufacturing workers is $14–$22/hour
  • Average annual wages in advanced manufacturing are over 33% higher than the statewide average for private industries
  • According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the average manufacturing worker made $77,060 annually, including pay and benefits (2011)


The I–AM signature programs at Indian Hills Community College include Machine Technology and Welding Technology. These signature programs represent industry–influenced curriculum and state–of–the–art equipment that replicate the technology–rich work environments found in Iowa's manufacturing sector. As a student, you will have the opportunity to earn industry recognized National Institute of Metal Working Skills (NIMS), American Welding Society (AWS), and National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) credentials.


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Iowa Advanced Manufacturing
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This workforce solution is funded in part by the I–AM Consortium which is 100% financed through a $12,951,162 grant from the Department of Labor's Employment & Training Administration.

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