What Will You Become?
Iowa Western Community College

Manufacturing Basic Skills  

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About the Program

Improve your job prospects! Build the skills needed to be successful in a modern manufacturing environment. Gain a solid baseline of safety training and learn work activities and related skills involved with the moving and production of materials. Successful completion will prepare you for entry level jobs in manufacturing and distribution. 

Program to Include

  • 10 Hour General OSHA
  • Forklift Certification (hands-on)
  • Operating Electric Pallet (hands-on)
  • CPR/AED Certification
  • Basics of Manufacturing Math
  • Workplace Activities and Related Skills
  • Excel
  • Career Readiness
      • Bring Your A Game to Work
      • Resume and Job Exploration

Clothing Code

Students should arrive to class with sturdy closed toe shoes and comfortable clothing for weather conditions because part of the Forklift training will be outside.

Career & Salary Information

Material Handler and Warehouse workers move freight, stock, or other materials to and from storage or production areas, loading docks, delivery vehicles, ships, or containers, by hand or using trucks, tractors, or other equipment. Production Workers (Assemblers and Fabricators) have an important role in the manufacturing process. They assemble both finished products and the pieces that go into them. The median hourly wage is $13.05-$13.28. Job prospects are expected to be very good. Source, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Common career paths are Forklift Operator, Warehouse Lead and Supervisor. Suggested employers are Warren Distribution, ConAgra, Menards Distribution, Plumrose and Tyson.


FREE Tuition Assistance Available!

This program is approved for FREE Education to Employment tuition assistance for eligible Iowa residents. Financial assistance may include training tuition, textbooks, tools, certification fees, required materials and other services. Email lwoods@iwcc.edu or call (712) 256-7088 for more information!

To Register

Online: CE Class Registration 

Email: ce@iwcc.edu 

Phone: (712) 325-3256