Manufacturing & Skilled Trades Certificates


Computer Numerical-Controlled Operator (CNC)

(16 credits + 16 hour Career Readiness Lab at end of 2nd semester)
This is a two-semester program
Fall/Spring/Summer Semesters
Cost: $2,718 (+books/supplies)

CNC operators are entry-level jobs for people who interact with computer-numerical-controlled (CNC) machines that are used in the manufacturing world. This equipment is used to form, shape, and cut materials such as steel, aluminum, and plastics into precision parts used in almost every product. CNC operators are responsible for loading and unloading work pieces, downloading and editing programs, and measuring the quality of the work pieces they produce. The CNC operator certificate that DMACC offers provides an opportunity to get a credential in a short two-semester program. You could start your training and get into a good-paying job within a year. 

Possible Job Titles: CNC Operator, Lathe/Mill Operator, Machine Operator.


  1. You must apply for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) before receiving funding from WTA.
    a. You will then submit your SAR (Student Aid Report) to WTA.  
  2. You must complete a DMACC application
  3. You must also complete the CNC program requirements: View Requirements          
                        ***Note that you will take the CNC assessments verses WTA assessments***

You must apply for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) before requesting from other funding sources. You will also need to complete a DMACC application.

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Production MIG Welding

(160 contact hours + 16 hour Career Readiness Class)
Fall/Spring/Summer Semesters
Cost: $3850

This course will prepare you for production MIG welding used by most manufacturers in Central Iowa. This course goes beyond welding instruction and includes blueprint reading, weld symbols, measuring tools, and layout and fabrication. Gain exposure to processes, equipment and safety in the manufacturing environment. Correctly select, read and calibrate appropriate measuring instruments. Learn appropriate use of fabrication equipment and apply basic layout techniques utilizing hand tools. Heat and cut steel with oxygen/acetylene torch equipment. Learn to weld in the flat, horizontal and vertical positions with GMAW (MIG) using pulse, spray, short-arc transfer.

Possible Job Titles: MIG Welder, Welder, Welder/Fabricator

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Skilled Trades

Core Construction/Basic Equipment Operator

(66 contact hours + 16 hour Career Readiness Class)
Offered: Fall Semester
Cost: $3249

The Core Construction/Basic Equipment Operator Certificate curriculum is designed as an introduction to the construction industry. Topics detailed include: Construction Math, Blueprint Basics, Basic Construction Theory, Common Building Materials, Material Handling, Tool Usage and Safety, and Job-Site Safety. Students will also develop work-site skills using skid steer, mini excavator and forklift as well as learn to navigate and complete basic operational prestart and inspection checks to ensure equipment functionality and safety.  Upon completion of the certificate program participants will also earn first aid, CPR, OSHA certifications. Once completed, participants will be skilled for entry-level positions in the local or regional construction industry. ​

Possible Job Titles: Construction Worker/Construction Laborer/Construction Assistant, forklift Driver, Basic Equipment Operator

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Network Cable Installer

(78 contact hours + 16 hour Career Readiness Class)
 Fall/Spring/Summer Semesters
Cost: $1,660

Network Cable Installers are in demand. Network cabling and infrastructure are all around you. From apartment buildings to retail environments, factories to large data centers, hospitals to schools, all of these locations are dependent on reliable networks to successfully operate. The demand for Internet services and the speed of access to information continues to grow, and as technology continues to improve, the need to upgrade networks persists. The network installer will be trained in copper and fiber optic technologies, installation and testing, and safe practices. Candidates must be willing to work in a variety of climates, work a lot on ladders or lifts, and lift 75 pounds.

Possible Job Titles: Cable Installer, Commercial Data Center Construction, Union Low Voltage Apprenticeship, Inside Wire Workers, Security System Companies, Mechanical/Electrical Contractors, Network Equipment Vendors & Integrators

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